It may be chilly now, but summer will be here before you know it. Your kids will be out of school, and it’s prime time for a family vacation. Family trips offer you an opportunity to explore new things together and strengthen bonds. However, finding a vacation that pleases everyone can be a monumental task. While Mom and Dad might be interested in visiting historical places like Washington, DC, the kids are probably more interested in something like Disneyland. As difficult as it may sound, there is something that can please everyone.
Have you ever thought about taking your family on a trip to the great outdoors? Popular destinations like the Gunflint Trail have a little bit of something for everyone. First and foremost is the trail itself. Kids can burn off that extra energy hiking along the trail, and their curious minds will be engaged with hunting for wildlife along the way. It can also be a great learning opportunity for young children; they can learn to identify plants and animal tracks, and you can even teach them a little something about conservation.
For those looking for a more relaxing time on their vacation, this area has pristine lakes where you can spend a quiet day fishing, or just floating out on the water, away from it all. You can also hike up to Honeymoon Bluff and watch a beautiful, relaxing sunset with your entire family, or just with your sweetheart. Any time spent in the great outdoors can be refreshing and rejuvenating; it’s a perfect way to beat the summer blues.
The Gunflint Trail also has a rich history for the budding historian in your family (whether that be your young son or your grandmother). The history of this trail goes back to the Ojibwe Indians, who originally used it for hunting. It wasn’t until the 1900s that miners, explorers, and a few hunters began to venture along the trail. Eventually, it became known for its big-game hunting and sport fishing, and became a popular destination for those pursuing these activities.
When you explore this area, you even have the option of following an old mining railroad track through the woods, passing open pit mines along the way. Guides and interpretive signs educate you about the history of this trail along your walk. And, if you ever need a break from your educational hike, this trail winds through some of the best blueberry patches in the area!
The Gunflint Trail also boasts an interactive museum, which can educate you and your family on the history and ecology of the area. All in all, a trip to the great outdoors can be the perfect getaway for the whole family. You can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or the predictability of the suburbs, and find a new adventure out on the trails!