An Eclectic Minnesota Experience

1-3 Day Tour From Winnipeg To Bemidji
Experience the diverse culture that springs from the area’s rich history with narrated tours of historic sites including the Continental Divide and the Headwaters of the Mississippi. Whitness the flourishing arts with theater performances and travel to the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest harboring a winery and art gallery.

Featured stops include…

Day One
9:00amDepart Winnipeg
1:30pmDepart for Bemidji
2:30pmForest Edge Winery
OPTION 1Buena Vista Logging Village
OPTION 2Headwaters Science Center
OPTION 3Downtown Bemidji Shops
4:30pmLodging Check-in
Day Two
8:00amPhoto with Paul & Babe
8:30amDepart for Itasca State Park
OPTION 1Mississippi Headwaters & Boat Cruise
OPTION 2Visitor Center & Naturalist Tour
11:30amLunch at Historic Douglas Lodge
OPTION 1Forestedge Winery
2:30pmDepart for Fergus Falls
4:00pmLodging Check-in
8:00pmTheater Performance
Day Three
8:30amDepart for Moorhead
9:30amHjemkomst Center
11:30amGangster themed lunch theater
1:00pmDepart for Winnipeg

Paul Bunyan and Babe his Blue Ox • Bemidji

Stop for a photo opportunity with the legendary lumberjack statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe his Blue Ox. Visit the Tourist Information Center for Paul’s memorabilia and view the Fireplace of States.

Buena Vista Logging Village • Bemidji

Board horse-drawn covered wagons at the Lumberjack Hall of Fame building in the Buena Vista Village to ride to the “Top of the World.” The narrated tour follows the Leech Lake – Red Lake Trail, the same route traveled by Native Americans, early explorers and pioneers. From the top of the Continental Divide, you will see where waters flow in one direction to the Hudson Bay and on the other side of the ridge where the waters flow south to the Gulf of Mexico. Other attractions at the Buena Vista Logging Village include a working sawmill, train cars, 1900’s schoolhouse and log church. A chuckwagon style lunch is available.

Headwaters Science Center • Bemidji

Explore the sciences through 70 self-guided, hands-on activities and interactive exhibits. Hold a snake or bunny, make a harmonograph picture, watch the kinetic sculpture, have fun at the popular bubble wall or echo tube, and spend a moment contemplating the beauty of our 210-gallon salt water aquarium. Tots-in-Science is a program available for young scientists, and Science After Dark are programs designed for adults. Unique gift shop.

Bemidji Art Walk • Bemidji

Since 1999, Bemidji’s Sculpture Walk displays work by area artists throughout downtown, with new works added to the program every year. Begin this creative tour at the Tourist Information Center where you can pick up a walking brochure. Also available online is a guide, chance to vote for your favorites, and artist bios.

Itasca State Park • Bemidji

Stop at the Visitors Center to see interpretive displays and exhibits on the history of the forest and wildlife. “Step on” tour with the park naturalist along Wilderness Drive with a stop at the Headwaters area. Board the “Chester Charles” for a narrated tour of Lake Itasca, where the Mississippi River springs from. Restroom equipped and lunch cruise available. Other dining options include the historic Douglas Lodge with dining room or catered picnic lunch at one of the picnic shelters. The Headwaters Café is a cafeteria-style restaurant located in the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

Bemidji Evening Entertainment Options

Paul Bunyan Playhouse Live theatre productions June through Mid-August.
Native American Flute Performance and narrative on the history of flutes.
Timeless Traditions An ensemble that blends the Native American flute and Celtic folk harp in ethnic and contemporary music.
Alabaster Falls An acoustic “folkgrass” band. Dinner performances or evening entertainment.


Forestedge Winery • LaPorte

Located on the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest, Forestedge Winery and Farm offers it’s visitors a peaceful setting in the woods. Enjoy the gardens and cobblestone patio with a taste of Minnesota fruit wines. Art Gallery.


A Center For the Arts • FERGUS FALLS

Originally The Fergus Theatre, the building was built as a vaudeville house and now home to the performing arts with year-round music, dance, theatre, and visual arts programs.


Hjemkomst Center • MOORHEAD

Serving as a reminder of the Scandinavian heritage in the Red River Valle, with full-scale replicas of the Gokstad Viking ship and the Hopperstad Stave Church. Quarterly museum exhibits.