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Mississippi Headwaters (Itasca to Bemidji)
Tiptoe across the mighty river's humble source in Itasca State Park. Hear the call of the loon and watch bald eagles soar above the majestic virgin pines along Wilderness Drive. Visit Bemidji, first city on the Mississippi, and capture a photo memory with legendary lumberjack, Paul Bunyan and his faithful pal, Babe.
Mississippi Northwoods (Bemidji to Grand Rapids)
Experience nature in the whisper of the pines and the crisp northwoods air. At Cass Lake riders must choose one of the two route alternatives when traveling on to Brainerd.
- The "Explorer's On-Road Route" is predominately located on road shoulders and low-use roads. Plan for 20-miles of hard packed gravel roads between Palisade and Aitkin.
- The "Family-Friendly State Trail Route" which is located on the Paul Bunyan and Heartland State Trails, (Cass Lake to Brainerd) provides loads of hospitality, picturesque lakes and a number of tourism attractions.
Mississippi Crossings (Grand Rapids to Little Falls)
This area plays host to thousands of vacationers each year who bike, golf, fish, bird or simply seek respite. Allow Grand Rapids, Aitkin, the towns of Cuyuna Range, Brainerd and Little Falls be your host. Also, check out the many miles of mountain bike trails in Cuyuna State Park, which opened in 2011.
Scenic Mississippi (Little Falls to Elk River)
"Wild and Scenic River" is the designation given to this pristine section of Minnesota's Mississippi. The river here is ideal for canoeing, picnicking and fishing. Remarkable main street architecture, historic museums, the boyhood home of aviator Charles Lindbergh, lovely parks, magnificent gardens and scenic rural farmscapes provide a backdrop for a relaxing river experience.
Metro Mississippi(Ramsey to Hastings)
Abundant parkland and trails invite you to the riverfront renaissance taking place in both Minneapolis and St. Paul and throughout the Metro region. Enjoy theater, major sports venues, museums, concerts, fine dining and shopping. Experience thoughtfully preserved riverfront parks, historic sites, the falls of St. Anthony and the first of the Upper Mississippi's working lock and dams.
Mississippi Bluffs (Hastings to the Iowa Border)
Bring binoculars to bluff country because the river vistas are remarkable and the wildlife viewing, especially birding. Follow the river through more than a dozen charming river towns complete with historic main streets, riverboats, unique shopping, museums and warm hospitality.