Are you a Minnesota visitor from out of state or a resident of Minnesota?
As life-long residents, we love to share our insider's travel guide to Minnesota travel and best vacation spots. You will find top 10 lists of "must see" tourist attractions as well as little known destinations that you won't want to miss.
If you explore just one part of Minnesota, you have only begun to enjoy the diversity of experience this amazing state offers. The seven unique areas of the state have sometimes been described as the 7 States of Minnesota.
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Lodging Ideas > For everywhere you want to be in Minnesota. Choose from beautiful hotels, amazing resorts, charming bed and breakfast inns and vacation rentals that will accommodate a large group. We have reviews of all of them.
Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Inns > Plan your romantic getaway in some of the most beautiful B&Bs in Minnesota. One of the most unique B&Bs is the Lighthouse B&B in Two Harbors. Romantic Lanesboro is famous as the "Bed & Breakfast Capital" of Minnesota. There are other romantic getaways in this part of the state and many lovely southern Minnesota bed & breakfast inns.
Minnesota Hotel Deals > The best prices for your getaway. Cheap hotel ideas are worth considering. Choose your dates, then compare hotels in the area you want to visit. Some of the most romantic hotels can be found in the Twin Cities; hotels in Minneapolis include the iconic W Foshay.
Minnesota Resorts & Lodges > Your place at the lake! A few of our resorts offer all-inclusive resort vacations. Choose a resort in a top vacation destination or plan a fishing expedition at one of our fishing resorts.
Minnesota vacation rentals can be reserved in every area of the state. Plan a family reunion, a corporate getaway, or a scrapbooking retreat in one of the large rentals. Smaller vacation rentals include cozy cabins like these Lake Superior vacation rentals, and even city apartments. Vacation rentals in Minnesota - Your home away from home.
Made in Minnesota - Do you know about these amazing Minnesota inventions and products?
Entertainment in Minnesota - Save up to 50% on tickets for top sporting events, shows and concerts.
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These top 10 Minnesota 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.
Ten Best Vacation Spots in Minnesota > Discover the diversity of scenery and experience this beautiful state offers. Our three largest cities and several charming small towns are on the list. One of the top 10 vacation spots is the North Shore of Lake Superior. The top 10 North Shore attractions list will guide you from Duluth to the Canadian border. On this trip you will enjoy legendary scenery and some of our most popular state parks.
The top 10 ten family vacations includes Minnesota getaways that we think are the best family vacation spots. These often include resorts in towns like Detroit Lakes and Brainerd that cater to families with lots of ideas for family fun! Family time is precious. Make it memorable!
10 Best Winter Vacation Spots in Minnesota - Enjoy our winter wonderland with sports, festivals and celebrations. Get out and play in areas like Lutsen that celebrate winter with all our favorite winter sports.
Don't hide from winter....get out and play!
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.
Top 10 Books About Minnesota - our list of favorites with reviews of each.
"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
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.
Get the best Minnesota hotel deals > vacation packages, and cheap travel ideas for every place you want to go.
Camping Equipment Checklist > The basics for your camping adventure.
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.
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.
Family vacation resorts > relax 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!
Keep the young ones happy with lots of summer activities for kids.
Bed & Breakfast Inns > Charming Victorian mansions, rustic cabins, welcoming homes.
Enjoy a romantic getaway > in one of our hundreds of beautiful vacation spots.
Visit Minnesota vineyards > taste the wines at our unique wineries.
Treat Yourself > romantic vacation ideas.
Autumn Splendor > plan a leaf-looking excursion.
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 Adventures >10 Best Winter Vacation Spots
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.
Don't hide from winter! Get out and play in the snow! You will love our Minnesota winter sports.
Photo Courtesy John Heino Photography
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.
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.
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. Get tickets to all the best of Twin Cities entertainment.
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."
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."
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.
Minnesota Maps > available for every region of the state and for specific activities like fishing, hiking, biking and finding the best roadside attractions.
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Minnesota festivals, events and celebrations offer residents and visitors year round opportunities to explore our diverse Minnesota culture and heritage.
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Entertainment Minnesota ranges from high energy Twin Cities entertainment that includes the music scene to Minnesota sports teams and even free summer activities for kids.
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Minnesota hot dish recipes, including the Tater Tot hotdish, are among the most famous of Minnesota recipes. Minnesota hot dish -- the subject of many jokes and even the title of a book.
Minnesota Vacation Rentals by VRBO - Choose a vacation rental in a specific area or get ideas about some of the best Minnesota vacation destinations before you decide. Take a look at some of these fantastic properties and locations for your group of any size.