City Escape: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Text: Florian Neuhauser • Photography: Robert Annetzberger

Once out of the Twin Cities, this loop follows the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers and countless lakes through serene landscapes that define the heartland. The best time to go is mid-May through September. Minnesotans love being outdoors in the summer, so plan accordingly.


Approximately 228 miles

Meet-up Spot

Bob’s Java Hut, 2651 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN.

Lunch Stop

River Rock Coffee, 301 South Minnesota Ave, St. Peter, MN, (507) 931-1540. Great coffee and tea, bakery, and dining with emphasis on sustainability.

Scenery (3 out of 5)

Mostly farmland, vacation spots, and views of water—this is the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Traffic (2 out of 5)

Light traffic except in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul. Highway 61 is busy on the weekends.

Difficulty (2 out of 5)

This is not a challenging route with only small elevation changes.

Road Conditions (3 out of 5)

Minnesota experiences harsh winters and some roads reflect this fact.