On a sunny but windy Saturday in late February, I put the dogs in the car and we hit the road for a mini-adventure. A day trip up highway 35 from Minneapolis to Duluth with three well-researched stops planned out: Banning State Park, Jay Cooke State Park, and Park Point Duluth. Most of my research came from these books: Hiking Minnesota and Camping the North Shore.
In the back of my mind, I was prepared to do car camping -- and by that I mean actually camping in one's car -- overnight at a yet-to-be-determined campsite somewhere on the North Shore. What actually happened was a sunny nap in the car at Jay Cooke and a long drive home to sleep in my own bed. I still plan on trying it sometime this year, though! It was quite comfy in the back of my hatchback with my fur kids snuggled up with me. Blame it on Instagram!!
Anywho, this is easily a trip to replicate, and I encourage you to do so! Pick one destination or all three; you can make a day or a weekend of it. The best part? All are very close to the Twin Cities, but it still feels like a vacation. Join me on my mini-adventure!
Banning State Park