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the Twin Cities

Best Day Trip

Winona

Part of the fun of a day trip is the journey there and back, and if you take Highway 61 south of the Twin Cities, you can hug the Mississippi River on your way to the state's corner and the Winona area. What do you have when you get there? A beautiful old Main Street, plenty of intriguing places to visit, and an overall charm that permeates the city and surrounding area. For the outdoors lover, there are plenty of parks to explore in the nearby Mississippi River bluffs. For those who are into the arts, museums and galleries are packed with unique creations and insights into the history of the region. Theatergoers can head down in the summer for the Great River Shakespeare Festival, often with one of the Bard's lesser-known works on offer.

Best Weekend Getaway The Jeffers Petroglyphs

Best College Athlete Trevor Mbakwe

Best Park Fort Snelling State Park

Best Bike Trail West River Parkway

Best Bike Ride Freedom From Pants Ride

Best Bike Shop Penn Cycle

Best Public Golf Course Rush Creek Golf Club

Best Hike Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Best Run The Downtown YMCA track

Best Road Race (Running) Get Lucky 7K and Half Marathon

Best Race City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Best Sledding Powderhorn Park

Best Ice Skating Wells Fargo WinterSkate

Best Picnic Spot Minnehaha Falls

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Regional Dog Park

Best Apple Orchard Apple Jack Orchards

Best Gym YWCA of Minneapolis

Best Personal Training Studio APEX Personal Training

Best Outdoors Store Vertical Endeavors

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Timberwolves Player Ricky Rubio

Best Lynx Player Seimone Augustus

Best Wild Player Zach Parise

Best Coach Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings