Minnesota East/West Tour

1-3 Day Tour Across Bemidji’s Northwoods
Travel through Bemidji’s northwoods at Itasca State Park. Go back in time with a stop at a pioneer village and discover Minnesota’s resources with a variety of factory tours including Bemidji Woolen Mills, a commercial fishery, Arctic Cat, and aerospace science center.

Featured stops for this tour could include…

Day One
7:30amDepart Duluth
10:00amRefreshment
10:30amDepart Walker
11:00amForest Edge Winery
12:30pmItasca State Park
3:00pmDepart for Bemidji
3:45pmLodging Check-in
6:00pmDinner
8:00pmPaul Bunyan Playhouse
Day Two
8:30amPhoto with Paul & Babe
9:00amTour Bemidji Woolen Mills Factory & Store
10:30amBuena Vista Logging Village
1:45pmBig Bog Recreation Area
3:00pmRefreshment
3:45pmReturn to Bemidji
5:15pmLodging Check-in
Day Three
8:30amDepart for Red Lake
9:00amCommercial Fishery Tour
10:15amDepart for Thief River Falls
11:15am
OPTION 1Tour Arctic Cat Factory
OPTION 2Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village
NoonLunch
1:00pmDepart from Grand Forks
Optional attractions could include:
Warren Pioneer Village
Ralph Engelstad Arena Tour
Aerospace Science Center
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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.

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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.

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 Woolen Mills & Outlet Store • Bemidji

Part of a long and rich tradition, Bemidji Woolen Mills & Outlet Store is a 5 generation operation home to the Bemidji Paul Bunyan Plaid. Individually made, high-quality woolen clothing, garments and blankets have been made here in Bemidji for nearly 100 years. Originallly producing outdoor apparel for the early logging era, the company continues to produce garments for outdoor enthusiasts. See the products being made, and learn the history behind the original processing machines while you shop a host of Bemidji’s famous Paul Bunyan Plaid items.

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.

Big Bog Recreation Area • WASKISH

Identified as Minnesota’s last true wilderness, this 500-square-mile peat bog is the largest of its kind in the lower 48 states. A mile-long boardwalk offers visitors a first-hand look at unique plant and animal life. From orchids to carnivorous plants and rare birds, visitors will see a mixture of fascinating and rare resources. A source of medicinal plants for the Ojibwe Indians, the bog represented a barrier to European settlers who tried in vain to drain it. Today, many of the native plants include yellow-eyed grass, bog rush and two kinds of sundews, many on Minnesota’s endangered or threatened species list.

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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.

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Commercial Fishery Tour • RED LAKE

Tour a commercial fishery operated by the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe since 1917, where fish are hand-harvested, hand-processed and fresh-shipped daily. Red Lake is the only commercial hook & line walleye fishery, and one of the largest freshwater commercial fisheries in the US.

Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village • THIEF RIVER FALLS

A relocated turn-of-the-century village, your tour takes you through 19 buildings, including a museum, Victorian house, 2 railroad depots, schoolhouse, church, blacksmith shop, machinery and automobile building, and 7 log houses.

Arctic Cat Factory Tour • THIEF RIVER FALLS

See where Arctic Cat Snowmobiles, ATV’s, and Side by Sides are created. From design thru manufacturing, it is an interesting factory tour.

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Settlers Square Marshall County Museum • WARREN

This historic village features a complex of buildings representing a small village of the 1880’s. Stroll down the boardwalk and visit the many storefront shops. Stop at the Railroad Depot, church, country school and log cabins of the early settlers. See the Cook Car, a mobile dining facility used in the days of the Bonanza Farms. See the Sheriff’s UFO Car, 1912 Maxwell, 30-60 Hart Parr tractor , Studebaker Wagon of 1870’s and more.

Ralph Engelstad Arena Tour • GRAND FORKS

Many have named this the finest hockey facility in the world! Tour the Olympic arena, club rooms plus the suite, main and ice levels, as well as the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center home to UND basketball, volleyball and soccer teams and considered by many as one of the finest facilities in the nation.

Aerospace Science Center • GRAND FORKS

Tour one of the premiere aerospace programs in the country with simulators, pressure chamber, airport and Aerostop Store.