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

Get in

Map of Bemidji

By car


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." The prominence 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.

By plane


By train

  • Amtrak Service from nearby Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Get around





  • Fishing and hunting


  • Bemidji State University
  • Concordia Language Village




  • The Wild Hare Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave NW. M - F: 7AM-5PM, Sat: 9AM-3PM, Sun: Closed.
  • New China, 412 Beltrami Ave NW. Chinese
  • Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave NW, +1 218 751-1100. Italian


  • Keg-N-Cork, 310 Beltrami Ave NW. American
  • Bar 209, 209 Minnesota Ave NW.


  • AmericInn Lodge & Suites, 1200 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, +1 218 751-3000.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Bemidji, 115 Lake Shore Dr NE, +1 218 441-4400.



Go next

Routes through Bemidji
Grand ForksErskine  W  E  Grand RapidsDuluth
Fort Frances ← becomes International Falls  N  S  Itasca State ParkSauk Centre

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