In Bemidji, it's all about Bunyan. The northern-Minnesota town was first to create a giant Paul, in 1937, and it's the northern trailhead of the Paul Bunyan State Trail.
What to do: Bike around the lake. Take a pontoon tour at Lake Bemidji State Park.
See the musical "Young Frankenstein'' at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Buy a plaid ear-flap hat from Bemidji Woolen Mills. Rent a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard at the Outdoor Program Center on the lake.
Events to catch: Aug. 4-7, Dragon Boat Festival.
Details: For more, see Bemidji's behemoths.