You can pay to drive a tank through a house in Minnesota

badass travel experiences minnesota cat2
The American Midwest is still, in many ways, just as the first pioneers left it: wild, rugged, and extreme. So it’s no surprise that today it offers some of the coolest, once-in-a-lifetime experiences available in the U.S. With just one visit to Minnesota, in particular, you can unleash your inner badass with tanks, bulldozers, guns, and plenty of top-notch craft beer.

Drive a Tank


Few things are more exhilarating than heavy machinery and crushing things. The folks at the aptly named “Drive a Tank” company offer an experience that combines both. Visitors register for one of three packages to determine the length and complexity of their ride. Every package allows budding tank pilots to navigate a heavily wooded course that puts their newly learned skills to the test. The real fun starts with the company’s available add-ons, however. For an additional $700-900, you can drive over a car or two. For a whole lot more, they’ll even let you drive through a mobile home. The goal: to leave nothing standing.

Related: Micro Guide: Minneapolis

Take the “100 Brewery Challenge”


The craft beer boom has expanded well beyond Colorado and the coasts to include the Midwest. Minnesota now boasts more than 100 breweries. While that figure is dwarfed by states like Oregon, it’s not insignificant given the state’s relative population. Visitors can now find a decent bottle of brew in virtually every corner of the state. Fans of the Fargo TV series will likely appreciate the kitsch of grabbing a pint at Bemidji Brewing (located in the tiny city of Bemidji – where much of the show’s premiere season took place). Beyond that, there are at least 100 more breweries to explore!

Play in a (Very Big) Sandbox


Extreme Sandbox embodies every Tonka Truck-loving kids’ lifelong dream. The company offers visitors the opportunity to climb into a bulldozer, skid steer, or massive, 19-ton excavator and tool around a large, purpose-built sandbox just because. Packages start at less than $200 which provides access to a single piece of equipment for one hour. The flagship $900 experience includes seven full hours of playtime with your choice of machinery. Add-on packages also include car crushes and the ability to compete in a head-to-head “duel” with a partner using the bulldozer or excavator.

Hunt & Fish the 10,000 Lakes


Dubbed “The Land of 10,000 Lakes”, Minnesota is paradise for the avid hunter or fisherman. The state is home to some of the country’s best freshwater fishing, including pike, smallmouth bass, trout, and walleye. All that wide-open space also provides for 528 designated hunting areas spread across 11 million acres of public land. Hunting is a huge part of the state’s long-standing tradition of living off the land. Visitors will find no shortage of small game opportunities, including turkey, pheasant, and deer.


Travel Like a Millionaire and Stay In Mansions for Free with this Home Swap Trick

Love Home Swap allows you to, well, home swap with the owners of mansions and luxurious villas around the world.

Get Under the Covers with the Warmest Throw Blankets for Winter

Become the human sushi roll you've always wanted to be with one of these best blankets.
Food & Drink

You Should Try Shotsgiving, an Entire Thanksgiving Meal in Shots

Thanksgiving supper — now with more shots! Welcome to Shotsgiving, an event where you and your family can drink your dinner.

LAX’s Exclusive Private Suite Will Make You Love Waiting at the Airport

Now you can skate through the airport with nary a scuff on your fancy Chelsea boots.

The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

If you're reading this, you're staring at a screen. Wouldn't you rather be exploring a different part of the world than the Internet? So get inspired.

10 Best Travel Gifts for a Modern Gentleman Nomad

For the sophisticated gentleman traveler in your life, your holiday shopping begins here.

The Ultimate Guide to a Road Trip Across Newfoundland

One of Canada’s most remote provinces is also one of the most spectacular places to visit within the massive country.

The Future of Luxury Air Travel Is Sleeping in the Cargo Hold

It should be far more luxurious than sleeping amid crated dogs and stacks of luggage.
Food & Drink

7 Best Tequila Bars in Mexico City

Jaime Salas, the national brand ambassador for Milagro, takes us on a tequila-drinking journey via the best bars in CDMX.

Locally Made Artisan Souvenirs Now Available in Airport Vending Machines

Shopping for 100-percent local artisan souvenirs is now as easy as buying a Snickers.

An Entire Swiss Village Could Become One Beautiful ‘Scattered Hotel’

Spend the night at an authentic, 19th-century Swiss village before it disappears forever.

6 Best U.S. National Parks to Visit in the Winter

Smaller crowds at some of the more popular parks are just one of the benefits.

Traveling Alone Can Be an Unforgettable Adventure with Contiki

Ever wanted to climb a volcano and make chocolate in the same trip? Check out Contiki and their curated trip to Ecuador.

Ecuador Travel Guide: What to Know Before You Go

We've got tips for everything from navigating your way around the country to what kinds of food to expect.