Minnesota is known to have fluctuating weather; you will shiver in the winter and sweat in the summer. But the best part about having four distinct seasons are the wide range of outdoor activities. With 929 metro area lakes and 180 parks in Minneapolis alone, get in touch with nature in an urban environment. The 50-mile Grand Rounds Scenic Byway is recognized as one of the best scenic byways in the country. Shortcut through Minneapolis on the Midtown Greenway, a biking thoroughfare that connects Lake Calhoun to the Mississippi River and is even plowed in the winter. Slicing between the two cities, the 20 miles of scenic pathways along its shore also attracts runners, bikers and walkers in every season.