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These vacation travel guides showcase the top ten Minnesota tourist attractions across every region of the state. 

Included are our largest cities, some of the most charming small towns, destinations in beautiful lake and resort country, and stunning wilderness areas for that "once in a lifetime" adventure.

The North Shore of Lake Superior attracts the most visitors to Minnesota.

Several of our top 10 spots are along this famous lake.

Our photo of the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse evokes the majesty and historic significance of this area.

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, our "home towns," bring thousands of visitors to enjoy the art and culture of this area.

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St. Paul Minnesota Vacations

Saint Paul Minnesota vacations > tour the Minnesota State Capitol and historic homes. Take a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River. Visit some of the top museums in the state. Take in a concert or event at the Xcel. Visit Como Zoo & Conservatory.  See A Prairie Home Companion at the Fitzgerald or a play at the Ordway. > Best of St. Paul!

10 Best Vacation Spots - Minneapolis

Minneapolis tourism > enjoy  amazing hotels, concert venues, nightlife and shopping. Explore the many  art museums and extensive theater offerings. The "City of Lakes" is on the 10 best vacation spots list for the recreation and scenic beauty of our largest city.>  Best of Minneapolis!

10 Best Vacation Spots - Duluth

Duluth Minnesota vacations > take you to the shores of Lake Superior. Watch ships from around the world arrive at our inland sea port at Canal Park. Stay in one of the beautiful hotels that overlooks the lake. Make Duluth your base for day trips up the shore or a sea kayaking trip. Or stay right in town and enjoy the city. > Best of Duluth!

10 Best Vacation Spots - Grand Marais

Grand Marais Minnesota > is one of your 10 best vacation spots in Minnesota because it is on the shores of Lake Superior, is the entry point to the Gunflint Trail, and near the Boundary Waters wilderness. This unique small town has a large arts community. It is the most likely place in Minnesota to see a moose! > Best of Grand Marais!

10 Best Vacation Spots - Ely

Ely Minnesota vacations > your place to get outfitted for a trip into the BWCAW. Ely is also a great vacation spot on its own. The Grand Ely Lodge is one of the state's best. See wildlife at the International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center. Ely is one of the best spots in Minnesota to see the Northern Lights. > Best of Ely!

10 Best Vacation Spots - Brainerd

Brainerd Minnesota >This central lakes area, offers all the recreational opportunities that made Minnesota famous. It is also on our 10 best vacations spots list for its beautiful resorts and lodges. Plan a fishing vacation, go water-skiing, boating, or just relax on the beach. Visit in winter for ice fishing and other winter sports. > Best of Brainerd!

10 Best Vacation Spots - Detroit Lakes

Detroit Lakes Minnesota vacations > Relax on the mile long city beach. Enjoy winter at Detroit Mountain. Attend the yearly WeFest country music extravaganza. This resort town is located close to our "cross border" sister cities of Moorhead, MN and Fargo, ND. > Best of Detroit Lakes!

10 Best Vacation Spots - Red Wing

Red Wing > This beautiful small city along the Mississippi River is one of the 10 best vacation spots because it is one of the most romantic areas in Minnesota. Plan a romantic getaway or family vacation in this lovely historic town. Climb Barn Bluff, hike the Cannon River Trail, take a a river boat ride and visit a local vineyard. > Best of Red Wing!

10 Best Vacation Spots - Lanesboro

Lanesboro Minnesota vacations > take you to one of the 10 best vacation spots and the "bed and breakfast capitol" of Minnesota. Explore southern Minnesota's beautiful bluff country in the Root River Valley. The entire town of Lanesboro is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a side trip to Harmony.> Best of Lanesboro!

10 Best Vacation Spots - Rochester

Rochester Minnesota vacations > One of your 10 best vacation spots because there is so much to explore. Tour the amazing Mayo Clinic, the Nature Center, and area attractions. Rochester connects you to many Southern Minnesota tourist attractions. On your way to or from Rochester, don't miss Minnesota's only remaining historic covered bridge, the Zumbrota Covered Bridge. > Best of Rochester!





Cities in Minnesota > showcases of our history and culture and are where you find our largest museums, zoos, theme parks and shopping.

Visit Charming small towns >  the Lake Superior North Shore towns like Knife River, Two Harbors and Grand Marais are in areas where you can enjoy some of our most beautiful scenery and outdoor activities.

Romantic travel destinations >  beautiful river towns are where you will find many of our most beautiful bed & breakfast inns.

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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.

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 Minnesota Road Trips > travel the most scenic routes in the state.

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

Wherever you go in Minnesota, take along a copy of The Great Minnesota Touring Book: 30 Spectacular Auto Trips

Wilderness areas > like the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park allow you to truly "get away from it all" and see parts of Minnesota that remain much the way they have been for generations. 

"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, The Moon Minnesota Handbook

Minnesota Guidebooks to What to See and Do in Minnesota: We always have a couple of these with us when we travel around Minnesota.

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