From Gaylord, the well-known city of Minneapolis - St. Paul is 55 miles (89 kilometers) to the northeast.
Remember that staying in one place will only ever provide you with a narrow window into the wider rhythms and life-ways of a region. So be sure to set aside enough time to delve into Southwest Minnesota's attractions. New Ulm, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northeast, and Saint Peter, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northwest of Gaylord are also worth visiting should you have the time.
About 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the northeast of Gaylord is Bloomington, a regional city where you can visit Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area, Normandale Lake Park and Nickelodeon Universe. Bloomington has plenty to offer visitors willing to spend a little time here. Bloomington Ice Gardens, Water Park of America and Rasmusseen College - Bloomington Campus are some of the other sights guaranteed to delight.
If you are after an escape from seeing the sights, why not try the local watersports? Fishing and canoeing are both available in the area.
Even the best vacation can't go on forever, so when it's time fly home, you'll find the nearest major airport in Minneapolis, 55 miles (89 kilometers) to the northeast.