In the northwoods north of Minneapolis in northern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, lies the perfect lakes getaway for the oudoorsman/woman. Thousands of secluded lakes lie off the beaten path in dense woodlands, complete with scattered resorts and log cabins for rent. Stay by the week, enjoy the quiet lakes of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, hike in the woods, hunt, fish, and boat, and do watersports. Quaint, Scandinavian-inspired towns dot the countryside. Unlike the western U.S., there are no mountains to drive around, and the area is easily accessible by road.

Among popular lakes destinations include Hayward, Wisconsin, and Brainerd, Minnesota, within a three-hour radius of Minneapolis. A list of resorts and lakes can be found at the local area's website at www.haywardlakes.com, and www.brainerd.com