Winter Travel in MinnesotaNo sense staying inside this winter!  Head out and experience winter travel in Minnesota.  Before you head out, let’s get you started on some Minnesota winter travel safety basics.

Winter Travel Safety

Making sure that you are prepared is the first step. A few essentials are crucial to have packed in your vehicle just in case.  You never know when the weather conditions prohibit further travel on roads, cause an accident, or you find yourself spun out and into the ditch.  An empty coffee can with a lid makes for a durable container to hold a winter safety travel kit.  Another type of plastic container with a lid will do as well.  You will want to make sure that the items inside will stay dry and contained together.  Some find a zipper sealed bag will serve the purpose too; just want to make sure to watch for punctures in the plastic.  Here are some items you will want for your winter safety travel kit:

Winter Survival

• Flashlight with extra batteries

• Matches or Lighter (just make sure lighter is full of lighter fluid) in plastic bag

• First Aid Kit (basic kit: bandaids, medical tape, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, gauze, antibiotic salve)

• Granola Bars or other energy/protein bars

• Water or Gatorade

You will want to make sure that all of the items can fit with the lid shut.  Other items that you will want to keep in your vehicle that most likely will not fit in this container are:

• Blanket

• Ice Scraper

• Boots, Hat, Mittens & Scarf

• Multi-tool (aka leathermans tool that includes a knife, screwdriver, file, etc.)

Make sure before heading out that you tell someone or multiple people the details of where you are going (when, the route you are planning to take, etc).  This is helpful if you do not arrive around the time you are expected and your mobile device is not available they can give this to the authorities in aid of a search.

 Minnesota Winter WeatherCheck Weather Reports Before Heading Out

Make sure that you have the most updated weather reports before you head out. The National Weather Service is a great source for up to date information. All you need to do is enter the zip code or city/state.  It has a radar function as well so you can see if there is any severe weather.  There are many mobile applications out there for smartphones, just make sure that you find one that has Minnesota and updates every 20-30 minutes.  Minnesota weather can change rapidly so make sure to check the weather conditions often. Winter travel in Minnesota can be unpredictable, but a few preparations before will help keep you safe and have a more enjoyable experience.

Minnesota Winter GetawaysMinnesota Winter Getaways

There are many opportunities for winter travel in Minnesota.  Grand Rapids, Minnesota offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation, lodging options with a view, unique shopping, dining, entertainment, art and culture and education and history.  There is something for everyone.

Arctic Cat SnowmobilingThere are many Outdoor Recreation opportunities like Mt Itasca Winter Sports Center for downhill skiing, ski jumping, snowboarding and snow tubing.  Other outdoor recreation activities include our hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and cross country ski trails.   Snowshoeing can be done on area lakes, within the Chippewa National Forest and at the Forest History Center.  Grand Rapids is definitely known for their thousands of miles of snowmobile trails, and the most famous is the Taconite Trail that heads west to the Iron Range.

Reif CenterIf you are looking for indoor activities then check out the live entertainment at The Reif Center. The Reif Center bring world renowned performances to Grand Rapids. Area artists artwork is for sale and on display at the MacRostie Art Center, The Reif Center, Brewed Awakenings, and public art can be viewed at the Grand Rapids Library, Blandin Foundation, Blandin Paper Company and downtown Grand Rapids.  The Forest History Center and Itasca Historical Society have on-going exhibits, programs and events scheduled throughout the winter months.  Art and Culture, History and Education, and live entertainment events can be found on the Grand Rapids Event Calendar.

Shopping in Grand RapidsShopping in Grand Rapids means you’ll find easy access to parking, a variety of treasures you won’t find at home, and small town friendly service.  Just what shopping on vacation is meant to be!  Being out in the Grand Rapids north woods can definitely work up a healthy appetite. For a quick bite to eat or the opportunity to savor exquisite cuisine, choose one of many Grand Rapids dining establishments to satisfy that hard-earned hunger. Grand Rapids and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of eateries from charming bistros, to large banquet facilities, to the local place where all the locals go.

We hope that we have convinced you to get off your couch and try some Winter Travel in Minnesota.  There are many places to explore and Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a wonderful winter destination that is perfect for families or couples.  Download a Grand Rapids Visitor Guide to learn more. Or call them at 1-800-335-9740.