Duluth is No.1 according to Fitbit data, and it's easy to see why. For starters, the beautiful Lakewalk stretches 7.5 miles along the Lake Superior shore, offering lake views as far as the eye can see and passing landmarks including the Aerial Lift Bridge, Fitger's Leif Erikson Park, and Brighton Beach. For a change of scenery, head inland to Hartley Park, where you'll find 10 miles of multi-use trails weaving through the woods.

Lift Bridge in Duluth | Visit Duluth                                                                                                                           Duluth Lakewalk | Dennis O'Hara

Lakewalk in Duluth | Alyssa Hei       


Ely's Trezona Trail is a nearly-4-mile loop around Miners Lake, a former mining pit just north of downtown, with relatively flat terrain on the southern end and hillier portions as you move north. After your workout, cool off with a beer at the Boathouse Brewpub or iced coffee at Northern Grounds café on Sheridan Street.


The 1.7-mile Rainy Lake Recreation Trail opened in Voyageurs National Park in 2015, starting at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center and connecting with the International Falls Bike Trail at Highway 11 for another 10 miles. After your hike, take a guided canoe or boat tour into this unique water-based park (summer only; reservations recommended).

Tour boat at Rainy Lake Visitors Center, International Falls | John Connelly


The Mesabi Trail is well established as a premier bicycling destination, but the 120-mile (and counting) paved trail is also open to people traveling on foot. Pick any of the 20+ access points along the trail, from Grand Rapids on the western end to Biwabik on the east, and take in the views of the many rock cuts and mine lakes along the way.

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