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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  

This is truly a diverse state with each of our seven distinct regions offering a unique experience.  We want to help you plan your family vacation, romantic getaway, or solo adventure.

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.

If you're interested in knowing more about why I created this website, you can read about me here.

Popular Minnesota Tourist Attractions 

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.

Minnesota Quotes & Comments

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 > 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."

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 & Day Trip Tours

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.

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 > Lakes,  wilderness areas, and energetic cities for your summer vacation.


Visit Minnesota State Parks

State Parks > 78 state parks and recreation areas; what to see and do in every season of the year.

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

Camping Equipment Checklist > The basics for your camping adventure.

Camping food and easy camping recipes.

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

Legendary Minnesota Lakes & Rivers

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 > Explore our "inland sea" with a sea kayaking trip or a road trip along the shore.

Voyageurs National Park > relax on a houseboat in Minnesota's only National Park.

Minnesota fishing > join the thousands who love this sport. 


Minnesota Family Vacation Travel Guides

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

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!

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 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.

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.


 
Visit Minnesota Vacation Spots Every Year

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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