Summer Activities Guide

Find a state park


Fire towers and scenic views

Cabin at a State Park

The best views in Minnesota 

This list includes hidden (or not so hidden) gems that will give you a fresh perspective on Minnesota's landscape. Get a birds-eye view from fire towers and scenic overlooks.

Purchase a park permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.


Great views:

state map showing this park's locationCrow Wing State Park
View the Mississippi River from historic Chippewa Lookout.

state map showing this park's locationFrontenac State Park
See beautiful Lake Pepin from one of many overlooks.

state map showing this park's locationGreat River Bluffs State Park
Hike the Kings Bluff Trail for breathtaking views.

state map showing this park's locationInterstate State Park
Climb the cliffs for views of the St. Croix River gorge.

state map showing this park's locationSibley State Park
Hike up Mount Tom and see forest, farmland, prairie, and lakes.

Fire towers you can climb:

state map showing this park's location Big Bog State Recreation Area

state map showing this park's locationItasca State Park

state map showing this park's locationMille Lacs Kathio State Park

state map showing this park's locationSt. Croix State Park

state map showing this park's locationWhitewater State Park

state map showing this park's locationScenic State Park
Scenic State Park also has a fire tower but it is not open for climbing.