Curiosity of the Week: The Northwest Angle

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One of the most puzzling and curious pieces of land in the contiguous United States of America is a remote, 600-square mile region of Minnesota that, if you are driving a car, is only accessible by first going through Canada. (Boats and planes can cross Lake of the Woods).  It’s remote, isolated, and beautiful.  And it’s the only place in the Lower 48 that is north of the 49th parallel. Continue reading

10 of the Greatest Street Names in Northern Minnesota

It’s always fun seeing what interesting street names there are in different parts of the country.  Happening upon a bizarre or quirky street makes you wonder how or why they came up with the name, and my travels in northern Minnesota have left me both puzzled and amused.  I know there are plenty of doozies around the state, so today we’ll look at 10 of the best ones in Northern Minnesota.

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Coolest Houses in Minnesota: 200-151

It’s been quite a journey discovering the countless beautiful, quirky, stately, and unique homes in Minnesota.  What started as a Top 20 quickly turned into a Top 50, then a Top 100, and finally, a Top 200.  The most ambitious project on HighwayHighlights yet, the tour of homes has led me in all corners of the state.  It seems there are always new beauties to see, but this list will conclude the experience.  Start at the top with…… Continue reading

5 Amazing, Quirky Shops in Minnesota

If you like to treasure hunt, there are countless options in Minnesota to find rusty gold.  Hot Sam’s in Lakeville is a fun one for the picker in us all, and antique-junkies know to head to hotspots like Crosby, Hopkins, Alexandria, and Stillwater to find their hidden gems.  But if it’s something really incredible you’re looking for, then check out one of these 5 stores to see what kind of unique treasures you can wrap your mind around. Continue reading