No summer could ever be complete for me without at least one visit to Minnesota. I think my home state is beautiful year round (yes, even when it's -40 Fahrenheit in the middle of January), but it's definitely on its best behavior in the summer. Lakes, trees, and brilliant blue skies are just the beginning. There's also the powerful energy that gets created when 5 million people do everything they can to take advantage of the warmth while it lasts. Minnesotans don't waste a single minute of summer.