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If this is your first time to visit Minnesota, or if you've lived here all your life, you will discover something new and exciting in each of the seven regions of Minnesota. 

These seven unique regions are: the Twin Cities, the St. Croix River Valley, the Arrowhead, the Central Lakes area, the Red River Valley, Prairieland, and Bluff Country. 

Each of these areas has distinct geography and attractions.

Once you visit Minnesota, you may find it difficult to leave. Many who are now residents of this beautiful state first came here on vacation.

Visitors to the state offer their opinions about the very best attractions, activities and amenities. Read what other travelers have to say about Minnesota Vacations.

Discover Your Favorite Minnesota Cities!

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.

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

Red Wing, Minnesota was 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."

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."


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Cities in Minnesota come in all sizes. You will find the widest variety of things to do in the big cities  however some of our smallest towns offer some of the most unique experiences.

The Visit Minnesota website is proud of our partnership with Trip Advisor. At TripAdvisor you can find the best Minnesota deals, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about the places to go and things to do in Minnesota...or anywhere in the world you travel.

Minnesota Lakes, Rivers and Parks

Choose one of our legendary resorts, maybe an all inclusive resort, for your Minnesota vacation. Relax in a beautiful bed & breakfast inn, a private vacation rental, a cabin in the woods, or even on a houseboat in Voyageurs National Park.  

Camp in our state parks...there are 78 to choose from. Some of the most beautiful are located along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

National Geographic described Lake Vermilion as one of the ten most scenic lakes in the U. S.

For the adventure of a lifetime, paddle into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.   

 Family-Friendly Travel Destinations!

Family vacation resorts treat you to a stay in some of the best vacation spots in Minnesota.

For tips and ideas about a location for your family vacation, check out our "votes" for the top 10 ten family vacations.

On your summer vacation you might spot some of these little known roadside attractions.

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

Any time of year is a good time to enjoy one of our many water parks.

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Romantic Minnesota Vacations

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 romantic escape. Plan a day trip to one of our many Minnesota vineyards and taste the wines at our unique wineries. Take a look at many more of our romantic vacation ideas.

Four Seasons of Vacation Fun!

Enjoy Minnesota Vacations in Our Autumn Splendor 

The state transforms into an autumn paradise in mid-September. Visitors flock to the highways to view our autumn scenery. Almost every town in the state hosts a fall festival.

We wrote the book on Minnesota State Parks! Follow the link to download a copy to your computer or get it for your Kindle or Nook.

 
Winter Vacation Ideas

Be sure to visit Minnesota in winter.

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

We don't hide from winter! We get out and play in the snow. We love our Minnesota winter sports.

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.

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Ten Best Vacation Spots in Minnesota

Return to Your Favorite Cabin Every Year

Select your "home away from home" from hundreds of Minnesota hotels, resorts,or cabins.

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.

Oh...and about the seven unique regions of Minnesota, sometimes called the "Seven States of Minnesota," you can read about them here.

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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