Go Big: 43 Adventures to Make This Your Best Summer Ever

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Paddle through the remote wilds of Voyageurs National Park.
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Paddle through the remote wilds of Voyageurs National Park.

National Park attendance has skyrocketed in recent years with top spots like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon all receiving more than 4 million annual visitors. Yet, there remain a few parks that are quiet even in the busy summer months. Among the best is Voyageurs, a water-based reserve in the extreme north of Minnesota that's largely accessible only by boat, kayak, or canoe. Explore the park by paddling (or boating) through its interconnected waterways, which are a fisherman's dream with bass, trout, and other game fish. With 270 shoreline campsites and a half-dozen hikes that are only reached by water, you can easily loose a few days cruising from lake to lake.

What's new: Voyageurs celebrated the park service's Centennial in 2016 with two major projects: the restoration of endangered wetlands and the renovation of the popular 6.3-mile Cruiser Lake Trail.

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