Just because we’re 1,000 miles from either coast doesn’t mean there are not beaches. Each lake and riverfront beach has its own amenities, local culture, secret highlights and diehards.
Lake Calhoun Park Beach
You know those photos of the Minneapolis skyline on a body of water with a sailboat in it? They were all taken here. When it freezes in the winter, thousands come out for the Luminary Loppet: a few miles of candle-lit snowshoe and ski trails.
White Sands Beach
Walk down some stone stairs, through a forested stretch of the Mississippi River Gorge Regional Park, and emerge onto — as the unofficial name suggests — a pristine white beach on the river. Great for people-watching, seeing boats go by, fishing, and picnics.