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BEST BIKE TRAIL

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Minneapolis has the best urban bike trail system in the United States. Portland, Oregon, go suck a spoke! Cyclists can spend a weekend pedaling through the city without a single automobile honking at them. And while trips around Lake Calhoun are a part of any successful summertime spin for shirtless singles looking for sex, the 2.99 miles of Lake Harriet is soup for the cycling soul. Sure, people ride for exercise, but many more ride it to escape. And Lake Harriet offers just that. You can ditch your bike and play tennis, or stroll through the Lyndale Park Gardens. Go fish at the two docks, or just sit on a bench on the south side of the lake and watch planes make their final descent to MSP. And of course there is the band shell, shouting out tunes from old-timer orchestras to new-school Hoots. Be happy. Pedal fast. And if you get thirsty, just pump some fresh water from any of the three water wells.

Best Lake (2014) Lake Harriet

Best People-Watching (2013) The Chain of Lakes

Best Lake (2011) Lake Harriet

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests (2009) Lake Harriet

BEST BEACH (2006) Lake Harriet

BEST PLACE TO MAKE OUT (2010) Middle of frozen Lake Harriet

BEST BEACH Hidden Beach

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Park Tavern

BEST COACH Kurt Rambis

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Eric Decker, Gopher wide receiver

BEST GOLF DAY The Jewel Golf Club

BEST LYNX PLAYER Seimone Augustus

BEST PICNIC SPOT Meeker Island historic site

BEST PLACE TO DRINK BEFORE A TWINS GAME Cuzzy's

BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE Lake of the Isles

BEST PLACE TO RUN Cedar Lake, Minneapolis

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Shooters

BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE Hidden Greens Golf Course

BEST PUBLIC NINE-HOLE GOLF COURSE Fort Snelling Golf Course

BEST SLEDDING Town and Country Club

BEST SWARM PLAYER Callum Crawford

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER Kevin Love

BEST TWINS PLAYER Joe Mauer

BEST URBAN HIKE Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER Brett Favre

BEST WILD PLAYER Mikko Koivu

BEST WINTER RESORT Lutsen

BEST YOGA CorePower Yoga