Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Hike

Interstate State Park

In 2010, the nonprofit group American Trails named Minnesota the "Best Trails State" in the country, so it's a tall order to pick just one representative hike. But the astounding natural beauty found within the boundaries of Interstate Park along the St. Croix River is a resource all Minnesotans should take advantage of. The landscape has been carved out literally by fire and ice—huge glaciers and lava flows—creating dramatic bluffs and waterfalls. Fossilized remains and stone ripple marks will fascinate the amateur geologist, while animal lovers will want to keep an eye out for foxes, deer, and beaver dams. One of the longer trails crosses into Wisconsin for more extensive hiking, while the casual day-tripper can just pack a picnic and relax on a sandstone bluff overlooking the river.

Best Day Trip (2012) Interstate State Park

BEST PLACE TO HIKE (2006) Interstate State Park

Best Beach Hidden Beach

Best Bike Trail Grands Rounds, along the Mississippi River

Best Bowling Alley Bryant-Lake Bowl

Best Boxer Jason Litzau

Best Coach Ron Gardenhire

Best College Athlete Emily Palkert, Concordia University

Best Day Trip Drive around Lake Pepin

Best Golfer Troy Merritt

Best Ice Skating Lake of the Isles

Best Lynx Player Rebekkah Brunson

Best Outdoors Store Gear West

Best Picnic Spot Boom Island Park

Best Place to Run Mississippi River Road

Best Place to Shoot Pool Grumpy's Bar

Best Place to Walk a Dog Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park

Best Public Golf Course Chaska Town Course

Best Sledding Kenwood Park

Best Swarm Player Ryan Benesch

Best Timberwolves Player Kevin Love

Best Trail Running Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Urban Hike Pike Island, Fort Snelling State Park

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Weekend Getaway North Shore

Best Wild Player Martin Havlat

Best Winter Escape Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como

Best Winter Resort Lutsen Lodge

Best Winter Sport You've Never Tried Skijoring