Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Trail Running

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Nestled into the southwestern corner of Bloomington, Hyland Lake Park Reserve offers an oasis of accessible nature just minutes from the bustle of the city. Its 17 miles of trails wind around lakes, through sun-dappled forests and sweeping prairie grasses and meadows, up serious glute-chiseling hills, and over terrain ranging from paved paths to leaf-encrusted dirt trails. With its ample parking, strategically placed maps, welcoming visitors center, and well-groomed trails, it's not exactly an untamed wilderness experience, but as a place to try out your trendy new minimalist footwear and feel the earth beneath your feet, it's hard to beat. The sheer variety of terrain and scenery makes the miles fly by, and it's close enough to REI that you can swing by on your way to the park and pick up one of those fancy hydration packs to fuel you up the massive ski hill. It also happens to be home to Chutes and Ladders, one of the biggest and best playgrounds in the Twin Cities, so you can finish off your run with a trip down the big purple corkscrew tube slide. How many other Minnesota parks can say that?

Best Beach Hidden Beach

Best Bike Trail Grands Rounds, along the Mississippi River

Best Bowling Alley Bryant-Lake Bowl

Best Boxer Jason Litzau

Best Coach Ron Gardenhire

Best College Athlete Emily Palkert, Concordia University

Best Day Trip Drive around Lake Pepin

Best Golfer Troy Merritt

Best Hike Interstate State Park

Best Ice Skating Lake of the Isles

Best Lynx Player Rebekkah Brunson

Best Outdoors Store Gear West

Best Picnic Spot Boom Island Park

Best Place to Run Mississippi River Road

Best Place to Shoot Pool Grumpy's Bar

Best Place to Walk a Dog Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park

Best Public Golf Course Chaska Town Course

Best Sledding Kenwood Park

Best Swarm Player Ryan Benesch

Best Timberwolves Player Kevin Love

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Urban Hike Pike Island, Fort Snelling State Park

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Weekend Getaway North Shore

Best Wild Player Martin Havlat

Best Winter Escape Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como

Best Winter Resort Lutsen Lodge

Best Winter Sport You've Never Tried Skijoring