10 Best Vacation Spots
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10 Best Vacation Spots Minnesota

These picks for the 10 best vacation spots in Minnesota are vacation travel guides that will introduce you to the most popular vacation spots in 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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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!

10 Best Vacation Spots

Minneapolis tourism features amazing hotels, 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.  Best of Minneapolis!

10 Best Vacation Spots

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 or a sea kayaking trip. Or stay right in town and enjoy the city. Best of Duluth!

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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!

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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!

10 Best Vacation Spots

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!

10 Best Vacation Spots

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!

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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!

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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. Best of Lanesboro!

10 Best Vacation Spots

Rochester Minnesota vacations rates as 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!


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

Wherever you travel in Minnesota, pack a copy of Explorer's Guide Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes

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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, The Moon Minnesota Handbook

Visit Minnesota State Parks in every area of Minnesota. Learn all you want to know about each with our Minnesota State Parks E-Book Prepare for camping with this camping equipment checklist.

Get dozens of fascinating facts 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 like the Boundary Waters 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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