23_Minnesota_Shutterstock_edit.jpg

Shutterstock

Grand Marais, located on a tranquil stretch between Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains, is the country’s coolest small town, according to Budget Travel Magazine. This friendly harbor village is home to a renowned artists’ colony that’s been going strong since 1947; traditional crafting is also highlighted at the North House Folk School. Biking, kayaking and fishing are popular activities. You may even see the northern lights from the lighthouse.