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Itasca State Park

U.S. Highway 71, Lake Itasca, MN
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Lake Itasca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Traveler Description: Itasca State Park is located in the northern half of central Minnesota.   The headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River lie within the park.  Just... more »
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best state parks in Minnesota. There are so many places to stop and learn something about the park. The park was incredibly clean. The only downside was that some of the bike trails were closed. However, when they open, they will be GREAT! They re-opened one stretch of the bike path and it was great.... More

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Southern California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

If you have crossed the Mississippi River by bridge, walked along its side, taken a cruise boat, or driven part (or all) of the Great River Road, then this is where you should go. This is where the Great River begins, as a small stream coming out of Lake Itasca. Coming into Itasca State Park via the east entrance, we... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Haven't been to Itasca in years...yet just as beautiful. The trails have been upgraded and there are benches by the Mississippi Headwaters, so if inclined there is a spot to take off your shoes before attempting to cross the waters. The convience store right as you head into the park at the north entrance is very clean and friendly. They... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great day trip! You can step over the Mississippi and place your feet into the headwaters followed by a relaxing drive and hike on Wilderness Drive. My first stop was the visitor center for the history of Lake Itasca and then I was off to the headwaters. There were plenty of cyclists about even though for some reason on this... More

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Alton, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was one of the best cared for state parks we've visited in the country. Clean, nice staff, safe, great trails, and not too crowded. We visited during the week, so maybe it's more crowded on the weekends? We stopped by the headwaters twice to walk across and swim a little, then rented kayaks for an hour on the lake.... More

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Miles, Iowa
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Perfect for calm and serene nature lovers. You can get as close to complete silence if you want by taking just a short walk off the main roads. So peaceful and calming.

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Itasca State Park is a true gem. It has something for everyone and is nature at its best. Known for the Mississippi headwaters, it also boasts great bike trails, boat tours, clean cabin lodging, and beautiful scenery. You MUST GO!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is over the top gorgeous. Should be a National Park. The visitor center is awesome, I had wild rice soup that was very good in the snack area. We'll maintained, informative, and never get tired of visiting this park.

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Suisun City
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

Great place to visit whether it's for a few hours or a few days. We came in from the southeast so the best place to enter the park was from the north entrance as opposed the east or south entrance. Only enter at the east entrance if you want to go to the visitor center first. Otherwise, enter from the... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
35 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Talked my husband into stopping here on our way home from Lake of the Woods. So worth the extra miles home. The park is huge and beautiful. The huge pine canopies are amazing. The lake is bigger than expected. We came because I wanted to see the Mississippi headwaters, but there is so much more here. We ended up staying... More

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