Outdoors Towns

  • Dreaming of Ely

    The wilderness around this north-woods town exerts a magnetic pull on city folk.

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  • Outdoors in Galena

    In an Illinois shopping town, tourists discover life beyond Main Street.

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  • Copper Harbor refuge

    Early fortune-seekers left their mark on a village at the tip of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

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  • Baileys Harbor in Door County

    On the Lake Michigan side of Wisconsin's famous peninsula, this town draws nature-lovers.

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  • Beloved Bayfield

    On Wisconsin's north coast, the love affair between a village and its visitors goes way back.

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  • Four seasons of Grand Marais

    In the theater of seasons, this Lake Superior village always is ready for its close-up.

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  • 10 splurges in Door County

    If you've been pinching pennies, here are some fun ways to reward yourself.

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  • Madeline's magnetism

    On Lake Superior, the largest of the Apostle Islands has a personality rooted in an uncommon past.

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  • Duluth's twin in Wisconsin

    Scratch the surface of Duluth’s homely twin and see it sparkle.

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  • City on Chequamegon Bay

    On a calm corner of Lake Superior, murals draw tourists to Ashland's thriving downtown.

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  • The good life in Traverse City

    On Lake Michigan, this beach town has a high IQ and refined appetites.

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  • Sightseeing on the St. Croix

    Thanks to glaciers, Taylors Falls is the Pothole Capital of the World.

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  • Exploring Thunder Bay

    Beauty is all around Lake Superior's biggest town.

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  • 10 great outdoors towns

    Want to get sweaty, dirty . . . and exhilarated? Here's where to go.

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  • Trails of Trempealeau

    There's a lot to do in this Mississippi River hamlet in southwest Wisconsin.

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  • Marquette's double appeal

    With its shops, restaurants and prime spot on the lake, Marquette is both sophisticated and outdoorsy.

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  • The door to Door County

    A longtime gateway, Sturgeon Bay also makes a great getaway.

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  • Trail mix in St. Croix Falls

    For hikers, bicyclists and paddlers, this river town is a crossroads.

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  • Discovering Two Harbors

    This Lake Superior port town on Minnesota's North Shore is all about trains, boats and automobiles.

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  • Adventure on the Gunflint Trail

    For outdoorsy folks, this wilderness in northeast Minnesota is a year-round playground.

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