On any given summer weekend, droves of people wander the streets of Excelsior, a fun, touristy little town on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities. It’s an awesome place; Excelsior feels like small town in the heart of lakes country with antique shops, fun restaurants, lakeside bars, and frequent live music. But of all these people who descend on Excelsior by land or water, very few realize the significance of a certain city bench, referred to as “Mr. Jimmy’s Bench,” which has a place in rock and roll history. Continue reading
The Big Bog has been called “Minnesota’s Last True Wilderness,” (so have the Boundary Waters and the Northwest Angle, but that’s neither here nor there), but this 500-square-mile peat bog north of Red Lake is truly uninhabitable and impenetrable, but for a mile-long boardwalk installed in 2005. It’s found in a State Park near Waskish, in a truly remote stretch of highway surrounded by swampland and forest. The Bog is the largest peat-bog in the lower 48, and you can take a leisurely stroll through the heart of it at your own pace. Continue reading
One of the more remote stretches of highway in Minnesota, Highway 11 straddles the Canadian border between International Falls and Baudette, MN. This is an area of no cell phone service, beautiful scenery along the Rainy River, and a roadside attraction that is just as bizarre as it is isolated. Continue reading
In the previous installments of the Paul Bunyan Tour, we covered Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan and Babe statues, as well as his personal effects scattered all across the state. This week we will wrap up the tour by paying a visit to each of Paul’s closest associates, including his dog. Continue reading
As we established last week, HighwayHighlights is home to all things Minnesota Bunyan-related. We covered the ten statues of Paul and his sidekick Babe the Blue Ox, but that is hardly the tip of the iceberg. This week’s installment will focus on the places Paul has been in Minnesota and how you can find them!