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Looking for a Quick, Affordable Family Vacation?

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  If you've reached the towering pines, smell the wood smoke and the breeze off the lake, you could be at Itasca State Park, near Bemidji.

Connie Cox, MN D.N.R.: "From Fargo it's 2-hours away, same thing from Grand Forks. So, it's an easy trip out to Itasca."

  The park has miles and miles of trails for hiking and biking, and campgrounds for everything from RV's to tents. Plus, all kinds of outdoor equipment for rent. They also have a lodge and cabins if you're not a camper.

Connie Cox, MN D.N.R.: "You can go to the Itasca Sports Rental and get a bike, a pontoon boat, a fishing boat, even fishing poles if you need them. And if you don't want to drive a boat and you still want to get on Itasca, there's also a tour boat."

  The big draw here is the headwater of the Mississippi River. It allows folks of all ages to walk across one of the world's mightiest rivers.

Andy Materer, Missouri Tourist: "The history is great. We just got here last night."

Reporter: "Do any swimming or anything yet?"

Materer: "We're going to the fire tower and go swimming, yeah."

Barb Lawton, Minneapolis Tourist: "You smell the campfires and you smell the pines, especially when we came in it was still kind of wet from the rain we had. It's just wonderful."

  And if you're a real outdoor lover, they're even offering classes on all kinds of outdoor subjects this summer. It's all waiting for you at a cost of 5-bucks for a one day vehicle pass. 

    If you'd like to make reservations, or learn more about the events going on at Itasca this summer, click here

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