10 Best Vacation Spots
Top Ten Places to Explore
Minnesota Cities, Towns, Lakes, & Wilderness
Check out the 10 best vacation spots in Minnesota. These are our top picks for vacations in every region of Minnesota.
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.
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"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.
Saint Paul Minnesota vacations might include touring the Minnesota State Capitol and historic homes, taking a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River, and visiting some of the best museums in the state. Take in a concert or event at the Xcel, see A Prairie Home Companion at the Fitzgerald or a play at the Ordway. Best of St. Paul!
Minneapolis tourism features concert venues, nightlife and shopping. It is on our 10 best vacation spots list for its many art museums and extensive theater offerings. The "City of Lakes" offers recreation in the scenic beauty of our largest city. The Mississippi River runs through it. Best of Minneapolis!
Duluth Minnesota vacations take you to the shores of Lake Superior. Watch ships from around the world arrive at our inland sea port. Stay in one of the beautiful hotels that overlooks the lake. Make Duluth your base for day trips up the shore to state parks and attractions or stay right in town and enjoy the city. Best of Duluth!
Grand Marais Minnesota is one of the 10 best vacation spots in Minnesota because it is on the shores of Lake Superior, 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!
Ely Minnesota vacations can be the place to get outfitted for a trip into the BWCAW however Ely is 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. One of the best spots in Minnesota to see the Northern Lights. Best of Ely!
Brainerd Minnesota in the 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!
Detroit Lakes Minnesota vacations can include time spent on the mile long city beach. 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!
Red Wing is a beautiful small city along the Mississippi River and 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!
Lanesboro Minnesota vacations is 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. Best of Lanesboro!
Rochester Minnesota vacations is one of our 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!
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There are dozens of fascinating facts you can learn about Minnesota on our about Minnesota page.
Cities in Minnesota are showcases of our history and culture and are where you find our largest museums, zoos, theme parks and shopping.
Charming small towns along the Lake Superior North Shore are in the areas where you can enjoy some of our most beautiful scenery and outdoor activities.
Wilderness areas allow you to truly "get away from it all" and see parts of Minnesota that remain much the way they have been for generations.
Romantic travel destinations in beautiful river towns are where you will find many of our most beautiful bed & breakfast inns.
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