Minnesota, located in the Midwest region of the U.S., is primarily comprised of gently rolling plains, while the northern part of the state is rugged.
During the Ice Age, the state was covered entirely by glaciers, which left behind a hilly, rocky landscape dotted with thousands of freshwater lakes, rivers and streams.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Minnesota.
Sample the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail on this overnight past Oberg Mountain and Lake Agnes. Fall bonus: Northern Lights. BY KATHLEEN FERRARO
Go where paddlers can't on this overnight loop through Boundary Waters. BY JASON DRURY
Leave your canoe and hike through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in Minnesota, your legs will appreciate the exercise on the Sioux-Hustler Loop.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
Sheltered camps with bugling moose. Coves with ancient rock art. A raging waterfall. You'll find even the portages delightful as you paddle this 38-mile, 3-day route through Minnesota's million-acre water park into Canada's Quetico Provincial Park.
Hike past rushing creeks, numerous overlooks, and verdant hills on the Superior Hiking Trail, then bike back on the Munger Trail on this 14.4-mile loop near Duluth.