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Visit Minnesota tourist attractions with an insider vacation travel guide. Discover the 10 best vacation spots in Minnesota and top attractions all across the state.

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. 

One place to start can be with our 10 best vacation spots in Minnesota pages.

Decide what you want to see and do in Minnesota and where you want to stay.

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Minnesota Lodging Ideas

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.

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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. 

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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.

We love finding deep discounts on hotels and travel. Check out our page on deals specific to Minnesota on Groupon Travel.

10 Best Vacation Spots in Minnesota

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. 

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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! 

Top 10 Minnesota Beaches > The "Land of 10,000 Lakes" has hundreds of wonderful beaches. Some of these are in our largest cities including Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

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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!

Take a dogsled tour, go ice fishing, snowshoe and enjoy cross-country-skiing on Minnesota trails. Choose from a long list of winter sports and celebrate the season.

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 & 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.Don't miss our oldest and best known state park - Itasca State Park.

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

Camping Equipment Checklist > The basics for your camping adventure.

Plan Your Camping Trips with camping food ideas and easy camping recipes.

We wrote the book on Minnesota State Parks - Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay

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

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.

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. 

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. 

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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."

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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We've lived in Minnesota all our lives and have favorite vacation spots like this cabin on the North Shore, at Dodge's Log Lodges, where we go time after time. Dodge’s Log Lodges

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