Visit Minnesota tourist attractions with our insider travel guide for your most memorable getaway.
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.
We agree with the author of a popular Minnesota vacation travel guidebook: "This is some beautiful country!" Here is the rest of her quote:
"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
In nationwide polls, Minnesota often tops the list for quality of life...many who visit come back to stay! Dig in to the pages that interest you. There are hundreds of pages on the site...use the search box and menu above to quickly find what you want.
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There are hundreds of pages on the Visit Minnesota website, so take some time to explore. A good place to start is with these "top 10" and "bucket list" pages.
Ten Best Vacation Spots in Minnesota > Discover the diversity of scenery and experience this beautiful state offers
Winter Adventures > 10 Best Winter Vacation Spots
Minnesota Bucket List Ideas > Plan your adventure in one of the "must see and do" destinations in the state.
Family Vacations > the top 10 ten family vacations.
Minnesota Resorts & Lodges > The best way to enjoy the lakes that made us famous!
Consider a Minnesota Vacation Rental - often cheaper than a hotel.
Lodging Ideas > for everywhere you want to be in Minnesota.
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.
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."
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.
Hotels in Minneapolis and Saint Paul will welcome you when you arrive in our beautiful state.
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.
Get the best Minnesota hotel deals > vacation packages, and cheap travel ideas for every place you want to go.
State Parks > 78 state parks and recreation areas; what to see and do in every season of the year.
Camping Equipment Checklist > The basics for your camping adventure.Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay
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.
Voyageurs National Park > relax on a houseboat in Minnesota's only National Park.
Minnesota fishing > join the thousands who love this sport.
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!
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.
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
Don't hide from winter! Get out and play in the snow! You will love our Minnesota winter sports.
Photo Courtesy John Heino Photography
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.
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.
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.
How I became a > work from home travel agent is part of my story.
The answer to > how I earn income from my website can be found at my page about my 10 top work from home income generators.
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.
We wrote the book on Minnesota State Parks! > Download a copy to your computer or get it for your Kindle. Just 2.99!
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.
What do you want to know about Minnesota tourism? If you don't find what you need, just use the contact form and ask.
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Visit Park Rapids Minnesota in the heart of the Minnesota lakes area. Park Rapids resorts welcome you.
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Made in Minnesota products include Minnesota inventions that have changed the world and wonderful Minnesota made foods, gifts, and housewares created by locals.
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Explore this list of winter sports and winter activities you can enjoy in Minnesota. Ski resorts and state parks are ideal winter recreation destinations.