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"With everything from sod houses to skyscrapers, from timeless steamboat towns on the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, to Wobegonic farm country in the west, and from Minneapolis's world class art scene to a record-setting ball of twine, this state will leave even seasoned travelers impressed."  ~ Tricia Cornell,  Moon Minnesota Handbook

Top 10 lists will guide you to  the "best of" Minnesota or you might choose to adventure into "little known" Minnesota attractions. You could spend a lifetime exploring.

As life-long residents, we love to share our Minnesota travels, insights, and favorite vacation spots. Photos on the site include many of family and friends enjoying activities and adventures in Minnesota. 

What do you want to see and do in Minnesota? Where do you want to stay? There are more than 400 pages of ideas on this website...click on the drop-down navigation and explore!

Lodging Ideas > For everywhere you want to be in Minnesota.

Minnesota Resorts & Lodges > Your place at the lake!

Minnesota Vacation Rentals > Your home away from home.

Top Minnesota Destinations

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Ten Best Vacation Spots in Minnesota Discover the diversity of scenery and experience this beautiful state offers

Family Vacations > the top 10 ten family vacations.

The Top 10 North Shore attractions will take you from Duluth to the Canadian border.

Minnesota Bucket List Ideas > Plan your adventure in the "must see and do" destinations in the state.  See what is on our bucket list and share your Minnesota bucket list with readers of the Visit Minnesota website.

Winter Adventures >10 Best Winter Vacation Spots

Minnesota Road Trips & Day Trip Tours

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Minnesota Road Trips > scenic byways, lovely small towns, huge forests, and stunning lakes and rivers. Explore the Great River Road, Lake Superior's Circle Tour, and road trips where you will see wildflowers, the Northern Lights, and wildlife.  

Little Known Minnesota > will take you on road trips across the state to see what others may miss.

Whether you're planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, you will find beautiful vacation spots, helpful tips and intriguing ideas.

Get the best Minnesota hotel deals > vacation packages, and cheap travel ideas for every place you want to go.

Enjoy Minnesota Tourist Attractions > Explore our famous lakes,  wilderness areas, and energetic cities on your summer vacation.


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State Parks > 78 state parks and recreation areas; what to see and do in every season of the year.

Campgrounds > including RV campgrounds, are available in most state parks.

Camping Equipment Checklist > The basics for your camping adventure.

Camping food and easy camping recipes.


Legendary Minnesota Lakes & Rivers

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One of the Most Beautiful Spots in all the World > the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Our legendary resorts are all located on scenic lakes. 

National Geographic > described Lake Vermilion as one of the ten most scenic lakes in the United States.

The Mississippi River > is "born" in Minnesota at Itasca State Park.

North Shore of Lake Superior > Top 10 North Shore Attractions 

Voyageurs National Park > relax on a houseboat in Minnesota's only National Park.

Minnesota fishing > join the thousands who love this sport. 

Explore our "inland sea" with a sea kayaking trip.


Minnesota Family Vacation Travel Guides

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Family vacation resortsrelax and play in some of the best Minnesota vacation destinations. Many of these family resorts offer day long recreational programs for all ages that include fishing, kayaking, and other sports. Gather by the campfire in the evening for S'mores and stories!

Waterpark Hotels > One of these overlooks Lake Superior in Duluth. Several are in the heart of the Twin Cities. All are wonderful family vacation destinations.

Visit Minnesota on your summer vacation. Take a road trip to see  some of these little known roadside attractions.

Keep the young ones happy with lots of  summer activities for kids.

Plan a vacation without the price of a hotel or airfare > experience a Staycation or Backyard vacation.


Romantic Vacation Ideas

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Bed & Breakfast Inns > Charming Victorian mansions, rustic cabins, welcoming homes.

Enjoy a romantic getaway  > in one of our hundreds of beautiful vacation spots. 

Romantic Lanesboro, the "bed & breakfast capital of Minnesota" is just one of the charming choices for a stay at a romantic southern Minnesota B&B.

Visit Minnesota vineyards > taste the wines at our unique wineries.

Treat Yourself >  romantic vacation ideas.


Autumn Minnesota Tourist Attractions!

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Autumn Splendor plan a leaf-looking excursion.

Stay in one of our fabulous vacation resorts or beautiful hotels.

Take to the highways to view our colorful  autumn scenery.

Enjoy a fall festival

Make a stop at an apple orchard, a pumpkin farm or a roadside vegetable stand filled with traditional Minnesota food products.

Create some of our favorite Minnesota Recipes


Winter Vacation Travel Guides

By late October the state is often covered with a blanket of snow and transforms into one of the top winter vacation destinations in the world.

Winter vacation > play in our winter wonderland: skisnowshoe, take a dogsled tour, and enjoy winter festivals.

Don't hide from winter! Get out and play in the snow! You will love our Minnesota winter sports.

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While we don't have mountains, we do have wonderful ski resorts.

Trails across the state > including in our state parks, are groomed for cross-country skiing. You can find places to take a dog sled tour, to skijour with your dog, and go on a sleigh ride. Attend winter festivals in many towns and cities all across the state.

If you enjoy fishing, you will love "hard water fishing" or as it is better known, ice fishing.

Come for Christmas!  > Where better to enjoy a winter wonderland?

Cheapest hotel prices> compare what is offered at all the major hotel and airfare vendors. 

Top 10 Books About Minnesota - this is our list of favorites with reviews of each.

Read about one wonderful thing to see or do in each of these towns > & Cities in Minnesota. You will find the widest variety of things to do in the big cities however many of our smallest towns offer some of the most unique experiences and Minnesota tourist attractions. 

Popular Minnesota Tourist Attractions 

Forbes Magazine recently named the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as "the most relaxing" cities in the country. The Twin Cities provide energy, culture, art, and entertainment to rival any metropolitan area in the world.

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Journalist Charles Kuralt called Ely, Minnesota the "number one vacation destination in the country." He further stated: "On the map, Ely appears to be at the end of the road. For people who love the wilderness and beauty and solitude, on the contrary, it's the center of the world."

Duluth > This smaller city offers a totally unique Minnesota vacation experience with it's seaport and access to the Lake Superior North Shore.  

Red Wing, Minnesota > Recently named one of the top 25 historic destinations in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine. The same magazine highlighted Minneapolis as one of the “10 best summer trips."


 
Visit Minnesota Vacation Spots Every Year

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We've lived in Minnesota all our lives and have favorite vacation spots like this cabin on the North Shore where we go time after time.

You will discover your own special places of beauty and joy. Our hope is that you will take some time to explore the website and discover the state's best vacation destinations, fun things to do and travel tips.

Many of the photos on our site are our own or have been shared by our children, grandchildren, and other family members and friends. Click here if you want to know more about me.

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Minnesota Maps > available for every region of the state and for specific activities like fishing, hiking, biking and finding the best roadside attractions.

The "Seven States of Minnesota," These seven unique regions of Minnesota are > the Twin Cities, the St. Croix River Valley, the Arrowhead, the Central Lakes area, the Red River Valley, the Prairieland, and the Bluff Country. Each of these areas has a distinct geography and amazing attractions. You can read about them here.

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