In many parts of the United States winter is withering away and signs of spring are beginning to show.
As soon as the birds are heard chirping eager travelers pull out their dusty suitcases and plan to hit the open road.
But don’t skid out of the driveway quite yet because there are parts of our nation that have seen no remnants of warmer days ahead and are currently battling winter’s rage.
When planning the perfect vacation many freedom-loving travelers have been deciding whether they should fly or drive to their destination considering all the mandates surrounding the pandemic.
However, there is more to consider…
Location, location, location!
Northern, midwestern states, particularly Minnesota, have been hit hard with winter storms recently making it difficult to get around.
According to the National Wether Service, west-central and central Minnesota are under a storm warning and are expected to get more snow in the near future.
This is no light mist of snow either but a whopping 18 inches in most of the state!
While winter wonderlands are magical, the 20-25 mph of drifting snow make this winter getaway one for a later date.
“Snow rates have reduced visibilities down to half-mile in the heaviest snow, so period with higher winds could provide occasional blizzard conditions within the band [of snow],” the National Weather Service said.
Not only would you not want to drive around without being able to see the traffic in front of you, but this makes skiing, fishing, and hiking a no-go as well.
Heading to the Midwest for an active vacation is ideal with beautiful and adventurous destinations spots like Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, but you may just want to wait until spring is actually here to do it.
And before you take a hike up the Mukooda Trail (which is a must) stop by St. Paul’s best kept secret, Casper and Runyon’s The Nook, for a Juicy Lucy.
For anyone who hasn’t grown up in the Midwest, it is a cheese-filled burger grilled to perfection, and is just as good as it sounds.
If you are looking for a more sophisticated meal than a drippy, juicy piece of meat then head to Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis for French-inspired cuisine in a rustic, antique carriage house.
The freshly made pastries, European coffee, and fancy fare take you away to a quaint French rue on the other side of the pond.
Minnesota and the surrounding area have so much to offer the wayward traveler, but it is hard to experience all the fun if you are trapped on the side of the road for the duration of your vacation.
Which may be still sound better than being quarantined in an unknown location against your will…
So, start booking your accommodations and planning your excursions today, but hold off on running out the front door until Mother Nature gives you the green light.