Best Warm Weather Walks in the Twin Cities

Ask almost anyone in Minnesota and they'll tell you that the long, cold winters are tolerable because the summers are so perfect. And now that it's June and the last of the snowdrifts are finally disappearing, it's a wonderful time to stretch your legs and...

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Best Tent Camping: Illinois

Where to Camp in Illinois Starting in March

After a long, cold winter in Illinois, the thought of spending a blissful weekend sleeping in a tent and breathing fresh air sounds downright sublime. In theory. Our hearts want us to go camping and our dry winter skin longs to soak up the sunlight, but...

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Best Places to Hike and Swim in Chicago

What Chicago winters do to morale rapidly disappears in the minds of residents when summer rolls around. People can be found doing myriad of outdoor pursuits such as picnicking, playing Frisbee, casting a fishing line, or practicing your tai chi. Many people prefer hiking in...

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Why Minnesota Summers are the Best

Minnesota. A state that can be so harsh, yet so endearing. Long, cold winters give way to breathtakingly beautiful summers with ideal weather and ample opportunities to get outside and explore. The state does have 10,000 lakes, after all. Spend this summer exploring the trails of...

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Best Camping in Minnesota in Early Spring

Happy official start of camping season (if you're a fair-weather hiker, that is)! The land of 10,000 lakes is a fantastic camping destination. You can enjoy camping in three distinct but overlapping regions: the southeastern Big Woods region, accented by remnant hardwood forests lining deep, glacially carved...

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Make Your Kids Fall in Love with Nature

Cincinnati-based hiking expert and author Tammy York has been busy this past month sharing tips all over the blogosphere on how to make your kids fall in love with the Great Outdoors. Recently, Tammy shared with the Cincinnati Nature Center one particular way to get your kids...

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