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Minnesota

United States of America
Weisman Art Museum featuring a city

Journey to the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes to experience trendy, artistic cities and state parks that promise wilderness adventures and thrilling wildlife. 

While nearby Michigan is defined by four great lakes, Minnesota is best known for thousands of smaller bodies of water. Over 11,000 freshwater lakes pepper the landscape, making it a popular destination for fishermen, boaters and hikers seeking scenic escapes. Combine a trip to Minnesota’s wilderness with the cultural centers of Minneapolis and St. Paul, twin cities with modern sensibilities and myriad attractions.

Visit the Jeffers Petroglyphs to see carvings created 7,000 years ago and get a sense of the state’s ancient history. Dakota and Ojibwe tribes lived here historically, with fur traders arriving by the late 1600s. Minnesota gained statehood in 1858 and developed mining and timber industries.

Explore the modern metropolis of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Spend an evening at the Orchestra Hall or the Orpheum Theatre to experience the best of Minnesota’s arts scene. Families are welcome at attractions such as the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The giant Mall of America in nearby Bloomington attracts visitors for great shopping and an indoor theme park and aquarium.

Flee the cities and escape to one of Minnesota’s more than 70 state parks, promising stunning scenery and wildlife. Hike along 50 miles (80 kilometers) of trails in Itasca State Park, where the Mississippi River begins. Join a white-water rafting trip down the St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park or watch for black bears near Bear Head Lake.

Rent a canoe to paddle along the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and see Canada and the U.S. on opposite shores. Voyageurs National Park is also best explored from a boat. Look for bald eagles and loons from your canoe.

Fly into Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and rent a car to explore Minnesota’s scenic byways. Traveling through the state can take extra planning in the harsh northern winters, when snowstorms are frequent. More than 20 ski areas take advantage of snowy conditions. Visit between late spring and early fall for exhilarating warmer-weather outdoor activities.

Popular cities in Minnesota

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Minneapolis - St. Paul
Known for Shopping, Sports and Theaters
In and around Minnesota’s Twin Cities see two contrasting worlds, from cultural institutions and scenic wilderness to modern architecture and cobblestone streets.

Reasons to visit

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Guthrie Theater
  • Walker Art Center
Duluth showing sailing, a coastal town and a bridge
Duluth
Known for Lakes, Shopping and Tours
One of the most scenic cities in the Midwest, Duluth overlooks Lake Superior and is known for its beautiful parks and signature landmark, the Aerial Lift Bridge.

Reasons to visit

  • Aerial Lift Bridge
Rochester which includes a park, a coastal town and a city
Rochester
Known for Dining, Shopping and Sports
Discover Rochester's more than 100 parks and gardens, its traditional Midwestern heritage, great shopping and one of the nation’s most well-respected medical facilities.
Owatonna
Owatonna
Known for Dining, Excursions and Shopping
Explore Owatonna: its library, architecture, university life, and more!
Minnesota which includes a river or creek, landscape views and a garden
Brainerd
Known for Waterparks, Lakes and Waterfalls
Experience the lake views, golf, and waterfalls in Brainerd!
Alexandria
Alexandria
Known for Dining, Shopping and Lakes
Picturesque lakes, fishing, watersports, art, history and shopping make this central Minnesota city a great destination for all ages.