Minnesota Visitor

Insider Travel Guide 

Search the Minnesota Visitor Website


Minnesota visitor is your insider's vacation travel guide to the top Minnesota tourism spots and top attractions all across the state.

Top 10 Minnesota

The insider's travel guide to Minnesota travel and best vacation spots includes our personal travel stories and, as well, the experiences of others who know the state well. At the bottom of this page you can share your reviews and stories.

Check out our Minnesota Bucket List and Top 10 lists of "must see" tourist attractions. If you are a first time Minnesota visitor you may appreciate these.

Even if you are a life-long Minnesotan, you will likely discover amazing road trips, charming small towns and little known destinations that you won't want to miss.

In every case we will suggest the best places to stay and area attractions you will want to see.

Use the drop down menu above to gain access to hundreds of pages on the website. 

Minnesota Lodging Ideas

Visit Minnesota

The most important travel decision you will make is where to stay. You may prefer a hotel, resort, B&B, or vacation rental. We offer reviews of all the best in Minnesota and you can make reservations right from the Minnesota Visitor website.

Lodging Ideas > Some of our favorites - beautiful hotels, amazing resorts, charming bed and breakfast inns and vacation rentals that will accommodate a large group. Read reviews of all of them.

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.   

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. 

Visit Minnesota

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.

Top 10 Minnesota Visitor Destinations

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. 

Top 10 North Shore attractions 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. 

Top 10 ten family vacations include 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.

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.

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

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

Visit Minnesota

Seven Unique Minnesota Regions

The "Seven States of Minnesota"> Each of these areas has a distinct geography and amazing attractions. 

These regions are: The Twin Cities, the St. Croix River Valley, the Arrowhead, the Central Lakes area, the Red River Valley, Prairie-Land, and Bluff Country. 

Discover Minnesota Adventures

Best Adventure Travel Destinations: Find your adventure in Minnesota! Visit the Boundary Waters, Voyageurs National Park, The Great River Road. Plan a high energy adventure like sea kayaking or a low-key fun activity like agate hunting. Road trip through charming small towns; explore our largest cities. 

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 Minnesota Visitor website.

Minnesota Super Bowl - We have been chosen to host the 2018 Super Bowl game. Learn about the game and other activities planned by the Super Bowl committee.

Entertainment in Minnesota - Save up to 50% on tickets for top sporting events, shows and concerts.

"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

Visit Minnesota - vacation guides and travel tips

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.


Visit Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota Vacations

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

Visit Minnesota

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

Visit Minnesota

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

Visit Minnesota

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

Romantic Getaways in  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!

Minnesota Road Trips

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

Visit Minnesota

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.

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.

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

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.

Visit Minnesota

Photo Courtesy John Heino Photography

Visit Minnesota

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. 


Popular Minnesota Visitor 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.

Visit Minnesota

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."

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."

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

Made in Minnesota - Do you know about these amazing Minnesota inventions and products? Any Minnesota visitor or resident will delight in owning some of these. 

Welcome to Minnesota
Some Minnesota Photos Courtesy of Trip Advisor



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.

Lodging in Minnesota - Hotels - Resorts - Bed & Breakfast Inns - Vacation Rentals


Ticket Liquidator: Minnesota Events Tickets and Venues Get deeply discounted tickets on top Minnesota sporting events, concerts, and shows. Timberwolves, Golden Gophers, Top Concerts ....More. Continuously Updated with current ticket offers.


Minnesota Entertainment: Discount tickets to sporting events, concerts and shows. Save up to 50%.

Top Things to Do in Minnesota Every area of Minnesota has unique attractions and activities. This is the best interactive list of the fun to be found everywhere in the state.


Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay


Made in Minnesota

Minnesota Gifts & Souvenirs

Visit Minnesota Forum

Share your comments and tips about what to see and do in Minnesota.

Share a memory about exploring Minnesota. Share photos if you choose.

Ask a question or answer a question about Minnesota: what to see and do and where to stay.


Read What Other Minnesota Visitors Shared

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Where Can I Stay in Minnesota in Winter? 
Our family has visited Minnesota in summer. It seems like all the things to do there have something to do with the lakes...boating, fishing, water-skiing, …

Click here to write your own.

Minnesota Visitor Site Map

About Me

Contact Us

Minnesota Visitor Home Page

Judith Ramsey - Publisher
Copyright © 2005 ~ 2016
All Rights Reserved


Amazon Associates Disclosure
 - Judith Ramsey is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Thank you for supporting this site so I can continue to bring you Visit Minnesota.


Advertise On Visit Minnesota



Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Minnesota Explorer.

Recent Articles

  1. Pipestone National Monument

    Jun 20, 17 11:07 AM

    Visit Pipestone National Monument at Pipestone Minnesota. Stay in a local hotel or at the Pipestone RV campground.

    Read More

  2. Minnesota Visitor

    Jun 18, 17 10:15 AM

    Minnesota visitor is an insider's vacation travel guide to the top Minnesota tourism spots and top attractions all across the state.

    Read More

  3. Bucket List Ideas

    Jun 17, 17 07:18 PM

    What's on your Minnesota bucket list? Your life bucket list ideas should include at least a few of these unique Minnesota destinations.

    Read More

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.

VRBO


Minnesota Vacation Rentals














Advertising Disclosure

Privacy Policy

Design By
Joy Creating

How I Built the
Visit Minnesota Website