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Planning a successful day trip requires very little effort beyond checking the weather and creating a perfect playlist to enjoy while en route. In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we’re very lucky to have so many wide open spaces waiting to welcome us with the state’s signature Minnesota nice. Here are 5 historic day-trip destinations just a short distance from the Twin Cities.

Artful Living | The Top 5 Twin Cities Day Trip Destinations

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Considered the birthplace of Minnesota, Stillwater is a shining example of a thriving historic town. The downtown district offers an abundance of things to see and do. The food scene boasts 20 seasonal patios, and the shopping is nonstop with plenty of boutiques for browsing and splurging. If you’re looking for views, there isn’t a single corner of Stillwater that doesn’t showcase a breathtaking vista of the St. Croix River Valley in all its glory.

Artful Living | The Top 5 Twin Cities Day Trip Destinations


Nestled in the bluffs of the Root River Valley, Lanesboro is the hidden gem of southeastern Minnesota. You can enjoy the inspiring atmosphere of this 150-year-old little town year-round. Boasting outdoor adventures, theater, art galleries and many other attractions, Lanesboro is a destination that both relaxes and energizes travelers. It’s a place of possibility with a feel all its own that you simply must experience for yourself.

Artful Living | The Top 5 Twin Cities Day Trip Destinations

White Bear

Just 20 minutes from the Twin Cities, White Bear is a community filled with small town charm and big city attractions. The biggest draw here is White Bear Lake, a landmark with a reputation for hosting the high society of yesteryear. The historic downtown area is also alive and well, with a range of eateries, breweries and storefronts. Soaking in the sun in this beach town is just what the dog days of summer calls for.

Artful Living | The Top 5 Twin Cities Day Trip Destinations


This historic river town is conveniently located just a short jaunt from St. Paul. Offering many recreational opportunities, a budding arts scene and a great selection of restaurants, Hastings makes it easy to enjoy a weekend mindset. Adventure to the small town to get outside at Vermillion Falls and stay for the live music at the Rotary Club Pavilion. It’s a day well spent with a commute shorter than an episode of your favorite TV show.

Artful Living | The Top 5 Twin Cities Day Trip Destinations

Red Wing

Best known for its world-famous boots and popular pottery and crafts scene, Red Wing is in a league of its own when it comes to experiencing Minnesota. Whether you’re hoping to get outdoors for a hike with friends, plan a romantic retreat or unplug from world on a solo trip, Red Wing easily satisfies any travel itch. This is the Midwest working its finest magic.

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