In winter, the wide open spaces around the northern Minnesota town of Ely are a playground for anyone who likes to move fast over snow.
What to do: Ski at Bear Head Lake State Park (pictured) or on the Hidden Valley trails. Snowshoe to the Hegman Lake pictographs or on the hilly North Arm trails.
Visit the International Wolf Center. Mush a dog-sled team.
Events to catch: Feb. 21, WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race.
Details: For more, see Winter in Ely.