It's hard to think about beaches in late October when you're scrambling to finish outdoor projects and getting your snow blower tuned up for the cold Minnesota winter that is quickly approaching. If you are thinking about beaches, you're probably planning a winter vacation to a warm destination.

You don't have to travel south for an amazing beach experience though because one of the best is right here in our state. You should wait until next spring or summer to visit it though because I don't think it's that amazing in the winter.

Travel and Leisure Magazine Ranks The Best Beaches in the United States

Travel and Leisure Magazine considered several factors including sand quality, waves, parking, and even the number of shaded areas when they created a list of the 25 best beaches in America. 

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I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today, life is good today - Zac Brown

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Hawaii, California, and Florida made the list, but you don't have to hop on a plane to enjoy one of the best beaches in the country.

This Minnesota Beach Is One of The Best In The US

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Travel and Leisure says Park Point Beach in Duluth is one of the best beaches in the country.

I've been several times and can confirm that it is awesome. The next time you're in Duluth drive over the lift bridge and keep going - you'll run into the beach after a few miles.

Here's what Travel and Leisure said about the Minnesota beach:

Located on Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, Park Point Beach is the world's longest freshwater sandbar. The beautiful sandy beach, complete with waves, has the feel of an ocean. It offers great views of Duluth and Lake Superior, and is known for its spectacular sunrises. A nearby playground, barbecue grills, and a ball field are all popular with visitors. Leashed dogs are also welcome.

Another cool beach in that area is Minnesota's Black Beach. Check it out below.

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 Why Is The Beach Black?

FYI, It's not really black - it's more of a charcoal color. The color comes from taconite that has been dumped into the water by mining companies and washed ashore. And, it's not a sand beach so don't expect to make any castles. The beach is made of tiny, poppyseed-sized, pieces of gravel.

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Where Is Minnesota's Black Beach?

The Black Beach is located just outside of Silver Bay, Minnesota - about an hour north of Duluth.

Most Visited State Parks In Minnesota: Is Your Favorite in the List?

Minnesota has 75 beautiful state parks. The parks have an average of 9,700,000 visitors each year. Interestingly enough, nearly 19% of park visitors come from other states and countries, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Now, my favorite State Park is Jay Cooke in Carlton, MN, but it did not break into the top 5.

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