A Cycling Journey: Minnesota & the Mississippi

Get to know one of the world’s top cycling cities and the quaint Midwestern towns that surround it as you bike through parks and forests, around lakes and along the Mississippi River.
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Program No. 23443RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Minneapolis is consistently ranked as one of the top cities for cyclists not only in the U.S., but in the world. Join fellow biking buffs in Minneapolis and surrounding Northwoods towns as you cycle past cityscapes, through lush state parks and a national forest or along the Mississippi and Lake Itasca for an up-close perspective on these natural and cultural gems. Watch for nesting eagles in Chippewa National Forest, and learn the history of the park with a Native American resident. Stop in quaint river cities along the Great River Road to experience history museums and Midwest hospitality, as you experience “Minnesota nice.”
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Cycling 8-35 miles daily, with stops; canoeing.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about local landmarks as you cycle through the city on your first day to get acquainted with Minneapolis history by bike.
  • Listen for loons as you cycle around at Itasca State Park, and bike and canoe on the crystal clear Mississippi River.
  • Pedal through miles of virgin pine on the Great River Road through the Chippewa National Forest.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.This program offers a small group experience with a maximum of 14 per departure.
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Kerri Kolstad
A lifelong Minnesotan, Kerri Kolstad grew up spending much of her time outdoors hiking, bicycling and camping in some of her favorite places such as Itasca State Park. With a degree in recreation management, her motto is “get outside and play,” helping others enjoy the outdoors by providing morale support and a positive attitude. Kerri feels lucky to have summited Mount Kilimanjaro, hiked the Inca Trail and in Patagonia. Kerri, her husband Dave, and dog mix Addy kayak, hike and camp whenever possible.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Narrative Journal of Travels Through the Northwestern Regions of the United States
by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Minnesota’s 20th Century: Stories of Extraordinary Everyday People
by D.J. Tice and Richard Olsenius
Road Biking Minnesota: A Guide to the Greatest Bike Rides in Minnesota (Road Biking Series)
by Russ M. Lowthian

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