For some, an RV rental is an opportunity to explore beyond their home state’s borders—but don’t underestimate what the Land of 10,000 lakes has to offer! Indeed, according to the state DNR, Minnesota has a whopping 66 state parks to explore, in addition to 4,382 campsites within those parks. Taking your camper rental on an adventure to see them all is a great vacation opportunity, as you can hit up tons of destinations within a short timeframe.
The sheer number of exploration opportunities here doesn’t make creating an itinerary any easier! Luckily, Fractional Toys, your Coon Rapids and Oakdale providers of recreational rentals, are here to help. Below, we’ll highlight just a few of the awesome RV destinations that await you right in our home state.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area
On the bucket list of anyone who visits Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is not a destination anyone would want to miss—and if you’re a local who hasn’t seen it yet, you’re certainly missing out! It’s known state-wide as the pinnacle of quietness and serenity, as a place for those who want to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of urban or suburban life. Rugged and wild, this is a destination only for experienced outdoorsmen who are willing to rough it a bit. The views are well worth it.
Its geography is also notable, unlike much else you’re likely to find within the state, let alone the country as a whole. According to the National Forest Service, “The BWCAW is the only large temperate lake-land wilderness in the National Wilderness Preservation System and is renowned for its water-based recreational opportunities. The sculpting of the landscape by powerful glaciers over an immense period of time has left behind a variety of landforms and rocks as well as thousands of lakes and streams, interspersed with islands.” In addition to its waterways, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area features acres upon acres of forest to explore.
Because it’s such a sought after vacation destination, you’ll need to pick up a permit before entering, and these are always in high demand. Trips here, along with nearby RV parking accommodations, are best planned for far in advance.
Voyageurs National Park
Home to stunning rock formations and acres of lucious lakes, Voyageurs National Park is, according to the National Park Service, “a place of transition between land and aquatic ecosystems, between southern boreal and northern hardwood forests, and between wild and developed areas.” Nature here is a feast for the eyes, and fishing opportunities—namely for Walleye—are abundant.
As far as motorhome rental campgrounds go, you’ll find a huge variety nearby. Some are no-fuss, no-frills, sporting only the most basic of necessities. Others feature Wi-Fi and full hookups. If you want to get in touch with nature, but aren’t quite sold on the idea of a camping trip without access to the Internet, Voyageurs National Park could very well feature on your trip itinerary.
The North Shore Scenic Drive
Less of a destination and more of a route, the North Shore Scenic Drive nonetheless isn’t something you want to miss. If you’ll be on the road for a while in your camper rental, you might as well make the time enjoyable! According to Explore Minnesota, this route spans “From Duluth to Two Harbors on Co. Rd. 61 (old Hwy. 61), and from Two Harbors to Grand Portage on Hwy. 61,” totaling 154 miles—and those 154 miles are jam-packed with destinations for all types of vacationers.
From arts towns to quaint shoreside restaurants, you’ll see it all while traveling Lake Superior’s North Shore. Because the North Shore Scenic Drive also touches eight state parks, you can spend some time in nature along the way, too. If you only have time for one “destination” with your recreational rental, make it the North Shore Scenic Drive and get ready for a vacation packed to the brim with opportunity.
Glacial Lakes State Park
Got a plant parent in your midst? They’ll love Glacial Lakes State Park. Sitting on a lovely little slice of prairieland, this area “in season, features a host of wildflowers and grasses,” according to Explore Minnesota. But flowers aren’t the only attraction Glacial Lakes State Park boasts. Swimming, hiking, biking, and boating opportunities can also be found here, and the space also offers spots for some light fishing off of a pier into Signalness Lake. The nearby town of Starbuck has great dining; you’ll never be far from a hearty meal.
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Summer is the best time to get out and enjoy Minnesota, and we’ve got all the equipment your family needs for a stress-free vacation. Reach our Oakdale office today at 651-340-0937, or our Coon Rapids location at 763-406-2488.