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Best Weekend Getaway


Minneapolitans tend to think they live in the greatest city in the Midwest, if not the country. But truth be told, we don't even live in the coolest city in Minnesota. That designation belongs to — cue the trumpets! — the Mighty City of Duluth. From rocky cliffs to beaches, from soaring hills to Lake Superior, this is easily the most gorgeous town on the northern prairie. And its entertainment options are endless. Every outdoor sport you can imagine is just minutes away, from cross-country skiing to fishing. There's shopping, restaurants, bars, breweries, all with breathtaking views of the harbor. Though Duluth's popularity is beginning to make it feel a bit overrun, a quick jaunt up the North Shore will soon have you immersed in some of the most beautiful wilderness this country has to offer. And there will be smoked fish stands. Because wilderness is always way more beautiful when it comes with smoked fish stands.

Best Bike Trail Cedar Lake

Best Bowling Alley Town Hall Lanes

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Rachel Banham

Best College Recruit Amir Coffey, University of Minnesota basketball

Best Day Trip Spicer

Best Disc Golf Course Valley Disc Golf Course

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Dog Park

Best Gym The Aviary

Best Hike Wild River State Park

Best Lake Lake Phalen

Best Local Landmark Kenwood Water Tower

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore

Best Picnic Spot Como Park

Best Place to Do Something for Free Films at the Fitz

Best Place to Do Yoga CorePower Yoga

Best Place to Ice Skate Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval

Best Place to Jog Hidden Falls Park

Best Place to Make Out Behind any dumpster

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) 19 Bar

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Community Keg House

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Lesbian) The Town House

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) Spring Street Tavern

Best Place to People-Watch Minnesota State Fair

Best Place to Play Boot Hockey Pearl Park

Best Place to Shoot Pool Jimmy's Pro Billiards

Best Place to Sled Columbia Golf Course

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests Stillwater

Best Place to Warm Up When It's Cold Outside Sea Life Aquarium Minnesota

Best Public Park South Valley Park

Best Sign of Spring Sven Sundgaard's deltoids

Best Sports Highlight The All-Hockey Hair Team

Best Sports Radio Personality Paul Allen

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Sports Writer Aaron Gleeman

Best Timberwolves Player Karl-Anthony Towns

Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen

Best Twins Player Miguel Sano

Best Vikings Player Harrison Smith

Best Wild Player Charlie Coyle