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Plan an Iron Range Family Weekend Getaway

The snow is finally melting and you are eager to get out and see the countryside. It’s time to plan for an Iron Range family weekend getaway. This is a great opportunity to explore the byways of northeast Minnesota by car and even by bike.

You can visit a mine and learn about the industry that built this part of the state. Ride your bike along the Mesabi Bike Trail, visit the Minnesota Discovery Center, and the Hockey Hall of Fame Museum.

Young people hit hockey pucks in an exhibit at the US Hockey Hall of Fame Museum

The Iron Range has many campgrounds, lakes, forests and rivers worth exploring over several weekend family vacations.

Mine for Fun

The Minnesota Museum of Mining is open in Chisholm from Memorial Day through Labor Day offering a history of the industry. The museum showcases equipment used to extract ore and taconite over 100 years ago.

Locomotive Park in Mountain Iron is a great picnic area with vintage mine equipment to explore and interpretive signage that explains the modern mining process.

Mesabi Bike Trail

The Mesabi Bike Trail is one of the longest paved bike paths in the United States. It roughly parallels Highway 169 between Grand Rapids and Biwabik. The trail in total is 130miles long and expanding.

Take your bikes and ride sections of the trail on your family weekend getaway. The 75-mile paved section goes from Grand Rapids to McKinley. The trail was created from old railroad beds and mining road and is also great for walking. The trail can be accessed from areas with campgrounds and other facilities.

A family of three rides the Mesabi Trail paved cycling trail in Minnesota

Other activities

Eight golf courses dot the Iron Range, challenging the best golfers. This includes municipal courses in Eveleth and Hibbing.

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum is located in Eveleth and dedicated to the history of the sport in the U.S. The museum is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends during the remainder of the year.

These are just a few of the many activities to be enjoyed on Minnesota’s Iron Range.

Visit the Iron Range Tourism Bureau at to see all that can be found on the Iron Range and begin planning your weekend getaway today.

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