The Day Trip: Fergus Falls, MN

Fergus Falls, MN, is a small interstate city along I-94 in north-central Minnesota between Moorhead and Alexandria. It’s not exceptionally large, maybe about 13,000. It’s in that transition area between farmland and lakes country, with some rolling hills and wetlands.  But like many great Minnesota towns, there are some real hidden gems there, which make it an excellent destination for a classic Minnesota day-trip.  Here are HighwayHighlights’ Top 5 reasons to check out Fergus Falls.

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The Top 50 Coolest Houses in Minnesota

There really was no feasible way I could search every inch of the state for the most beautiful, unique, and amazing homes in the entire state. But I sure gave it a lot of thought.  The only real criteria was that the home be historic and unique, so I looked to the National Register of Historic Places to help narrow it down.  I tried to use a good cross-section of different styles, sizes, shapes, and colors, and it was not an easy task. But here are HighwayHighlights’ Top 50 Coolest Houses in Minnesota.

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The Top 10 Castles of Minnesota

IMG_0884This was a fun topic to research.  I’ve always known there were castles in Minnesota and have even photo’d and featured a few on HighwayHighlights.com before.  But as I dug deeper, many questions arose:  What exactly makes a “Castle?”  Surely a brick structure featuring turrets with parapets on top.  Maybe even a drawbridge or a moat.  And do “Ice Castles” count? Every winter there are a few ice castles that pop up, especially around the Twin Cities area. So we broke it down for you in this week’s feature, The Top 10 Castles of Minnesota. Continue reading

The Crumbling Hovland Dock near Grand Portage, MN

DSC_0755There are a lot of hidden gems along Minnesota’s most scenic drive, the famed Highway 61 from Duluth to Grand Portage.  This is the North Shore of Lake Superior, and it’s filled with many extremes:  Beautiful scenery and lavish resorts to ghost towns and countless abandoned places.  The only real industries left are tourism and taconite/iron mining, plenty of which is still going on.  But as you reach the last stretch of highway into the Grand Portage area, cell phone service is long gone, the traffic dies off, and many signs of abandonment are found. Continue reading