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Bemidji [6] is a city in Minnesota. It is the unofficial home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

Get in[edit]

Bemidji is a beautiful, medium sized city with interesting people. Coming into the city from the south along Highway 71, visitors become immediately aware that they are in a city and not one of the many towns along the way. The highway enters the city to the east, allowing the traveler a view of the town along the main thoroughfare "Paul Bunyan Dr." (Note from a local: the stretch of Paul Bunyan Drive between the Hampton Inn and Paul and Babe REEKS like poo, because of a sewage plant right nearby. Just make sure to keep your windows rolled up.) The prominance of the character shows as you pass the statue of the character on the right of the road, at the lake front access to Lake Bemidji. The old downtown district is to the left of the highway. A rectangular area is home to numerous shops and restaurants that cater to the city's tourist trade. The lake stretches to the north and is lined with large homes and access points and provides a wonderful view. The main road through town makes a left, leading to the major commercial center of town.

  • Bemidji Municipal Airport has passenger service
  • Amtrak Service from nearby Detroit Lakes, MN

Get around[edit]

Your best bet is probably to either have a car, or know someone who does. Walking the whole city can easily be done in a day, but it's really not advisable in the winter, or in some of the more humid days of summer. Biking is a good option in the summer, there are a lot of paved bike trails to help you get around most of the city.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, 300 Paul Bunyan Dr NE, 877-250-5959, [1]. 24/7. Original Paul Bunyan Statue erected in 1937. 2nd most photographed roadside attraction in the nation. free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Fishing and hunting
  • Movil Maze, 12285 Wildwood Rd NE, Bemidji, MN 56601. Fantastic mountain biking park, with multiple trails of varying degrees of difficulty.  edit
  • Lake Bemidji State Park


Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Paul Bunyan Mall, 1401 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, [2].  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Wild Hare Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave NW, [3]. M - F: 7 am - 5 pm, Sat: 9am - 3pm, Sun: Closed.  edit
  • New China, 412 Beltrami Ave NW, [4]. Chinese  edit
  • Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave NW, (218) 751-1100. Italian  edit
  • Cantabria Coffee Co., 211 2nd St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, (218) 444-4220.  edit
  • Table for Seven, 414 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, [5]. Local and seasonal food, farm to table.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Keg-N-Cork, 310 Beltrami Ave NW. American  edit
  • Bar 209, 209 Minnesota Ave NW.  edit
  • The Blue Ox Bar & Grill, 128 1st St, (218) 444-3171.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • AmericInn Lodge & Suites, 1200 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, (218) 751-3000.  edit


The Bemidji public library has free wifi, but just remember that it's not open Sundays.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Bemidji
Grand ForksErskine  W noframe E  Grand RapidsDuluth
ENDInternational Falls  N noframe S  Itasca State ParkSauk Centre

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