The Heartland Region
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The Heartland region of Minnesota is rich both in culture and wilderness. There are thousands of lakes in this area, including some of the largest in Minnesota, making it an ideal place for all types of boating and water sports. Step across the mighty Mississippi River at its headwaters at Lake Itasca. Use your Minnesota Bed and Breakfast as a base and explore the 65,000 miles of shoreline and over 1,000 islands of the Lake of the Woods. Hike the trails, or hop in a boat. Set up camp in a heated icehouse for winter ice fishing, and snowmobile for miles on the Can-Am or Northern Connection Trails. In the Red River Valley, which sits on the eastern edge of the Great Plains, bird-watch or lay in the tall native grasses of the state parks that preserve the land as it was before cultivation.
Come in from the wilderness, hop on a bike, and explore the many towns in the region that are connected by peaceful roads. By car, take advantage of museums and historical attractions from Alexandria to Fargo, ND. Find out why Alexandria considers itself to be the "birthplace of America", and see giant statues of Paul Bunyan in Bemidji and a 30 foot-long tiger muskee sculpture in Nevis. Discover train travel! An Amtrak route connecting Chicago with Seattle and Portland stops at the station in Staples. Antique pullman cars convered to cozy hide-aways are located in New York Mills. There are many lovely Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts in the Heartland region of Northwest Minnesota - take time to stay in more than one.
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