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What To Do on Memorial Day Weekend?

Answer: Head North to Grand Rapids, Minnesota!

Memorial Weekend is a perfect weekend to load up the family, and drive to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The Grand Rapids area is a perfect drive destination which is 3.5 hours north of Minneapolis/St. Paul on Hwy 169, 1.5 hours west of Duluth on Hwy 2, and 3.5 hours east of Grand Forks on Hwy2.

Lodging Options

You will find a wide variety of lodging options to choose from, and there are still openings remaining for Memorial Weekend! You will find Grand Rapids Hotels and Motels which are conveniently located in town and accessible to restaurants, shopping and night life attractions. You will also find Grand Rapids Resorts that offer a cabin to rent for the weekend where you are your family can reconnect together in Minnesota’s nature. You will also find Grand Rapids Lake Home Rentals where you can rent the entire home for the weekend. And, you will find one Grand Rapids Bed and Breakfast that is quaint and charming and located on Pokegama Lake. And maybe your family is into camping; check out Grand Rapids Camping options. Make sure to check out our LODGING DEALS.

Outdoor Recreation

The Grand Rapids, Minnesota area is known for area lakes (1,007) and their trails over 2,000 miles). So, whatever type of outdoor recreation you and your family like, you will be able to do it in Grand Rapids! Check out the links to our Outdoor Recreation pages to help assist you in ideas and downloadable maps:

Hiking/Biking – over 1,000 miles of maintained trails to hike and bike. This page will give you some ideas of where to hike and bike, and places to download maps.

Golfing – Come golf our three championship level Grand Lakes Golf courses all located on beautiful northern Minnesota lakes.

Four Wheeling – With our county roads and city roads OPEN NOW to ATV travel, we have over 1,000 miles of roads and trails to ride. All of our trails are considered easy riding with scenic views.

Motorcycling – We have two scenic byways in the state – Edge of the Wilderness (Hwy 38) and Avenue of Pines (Hwy 46). These are both wonderful places to ride. Our motorcycle web page includes several other routes to consider.

Fishing/Boating – With 1,007 lakes in the Grand Rapids, MN area you are sure to find lots of boating and fishing opportunities.

Paddle Sports – Come paddle our lakes and rivers. The mighty Mississippi River, Prairie River and Bigfork River are all great places to paddle. If you need a rental, stop by Paddle Hoppers.

Area Attractions –

The Grand Rapids Attractions offer art, history, and education. These attractions are great for all ages of the family. All of the attractions have indoor options to enjoy, in case of inclement weather days.


Grand Rapids Shops provide unique boutique style stores that are locally owned and operated. You will find a wide variety of local art, shoes and clothing, jewelry, Grand Rapids souvenirs, gifts, home goods, antiques, etc. You can spend an entire day going from shop to shop.


The Grand Rapids Restaurants offer a wide variety of dining options for you to choose from. From quick and fast food options, rustic and charming to chef inspired meals. There is something for every taste!


Make sure to check out the Grand Rapids Events Calendar before you come and while you are here in town. There is always new events being added to the Calendar.

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