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Visit Minnesota top attractions and little known hidden gems. This insider's travel guide to Minnesota travel and best vacation spots includes our personal travel stories and, as well, the experiences of others who know the state well.

The top 10 vacation destinations and other top ten Minnesota lists will guide you to  the "best of" Minnesota visitor experiences or you might choose to adventure into "little known" Minnesota attractions.

Our 78 state parks are true "Minnesota Gems" and we have guides to all of them. You could spend a lifetime exploring.

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Minnesota Top 10 Vacation Destinations

Check out our Top 10 lists of "must see" tourist attractions and create your own Minnesota Bucket List. 

Even if you are a life-long Minnesotan, you will likely discover amazing road trips, charming small towns and little known destinations that you won't want to miss.

In every case we will suggest top entertainment, the best places to stay and area attractions you will want to see.  

This comprehensive overview of things to see and do in Minnesota is a great place to begin if you don't have much time to browse: Top 10 Vacation Destinations 

Ten Best Vacation Spots in Minnesota >  Discover the diversity of scenery and experience this beautiful state offers. Our three largest cities and several charming small towns are on the list. 

Top 10 ten family vacations include Minnesota getaways that we think are the best family vacation spots.  These often include resorts in towns like Detroit Lakes and Brainerd that cater to families and lots of ideas for family fun! Family time is precious. Make it memorable! 

 Top 10 North Shore attractions will guide you from Duluth to the Canadian border. On this trip you will enjoy legendary scenery and some of our most popular state parks.

Top 10 Minnesota Beaches > The "Land of 10,000 Lakes" has hundreds of wonderful beaches. Some of these are in our largest cities including Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

10 Best Winter Vacation Spots in Minnesota - Enjoy our winter wonderland with sports, festivals and celebrations. Get out and play in areas like Lutsen that celebrate winter with all our favorite winter sports.

Top 10 Books About Minnesota is our personal list of favorites with reviews of each. We include several intriguing travel books, some Minnesota trivia books and several wonderful books for children.

Minnesota Bucket List Ideas Plan your adventures in the places we think are the  "must see and do" destinations in the state. Your bucket list may include other adventures you have discovered. If so, please share your Minnesota bucket list with readers of the Minnesota Visitor website on our Facebook page.

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Explore Minnesota State Parks  Minnesota has 78 state parks and recreation areas where there is something to do in every season of the year.

Don't miss our oldest and best known state park - Itasca State Park where you can "walk across the Mississippi River."  

Campgrounds > including RV campgrounds, are available in most state parks. There are also hundreds of privately owned campgrounds in the state as well.

Camping Equipment Checklist > We have a basic "must have" camping list for you as well as some convenient, beyond basics ideas for your camping adventure. We also share our favorite with camping food ideas and easy camping recipes.

Lake Superior North Shore

Explore our "inland sea" along the North Shore of Lake Superior.  

Top 10 North Shore Attractions is a road trip along the lovely Lake Superior North Shore. You will begin in Duluth and and at Grand Portage on the Canadian border. Along the way you will stop in some of the loveliest small town in Minnesota. You may want to plan to spend a few days in one of them. Eat in quaint restaurants and stop to search for agates on the beaches.

Lake Superior Circle Tour: Take the tour along the North Shore to the Canadian border or do the complete drive all around the great lake. 

Lake Superior Lighthouse Tours: from Duluth and all along the North Shore.

Legendary Minnesota Lakes & Rivers

One of the Most Beautiful Spots in all the World is the BWCAW. For the "trip of a lifetime" plan a visit to the million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

National Geographic described Lake Vermilion as one of the ten most scenic lakes in the United States. Your experience here will be similar to the Boundary Waters but without the restrictions.

Voyageurs National Park where you can relax on a houseboat in Minnesota's only National Park. 

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The Mississippi River  is "born" in Minnesota at Itasca State Park. "Walking across the Mississippi River" at Itasca is one of the top unique experiences that brings visitors to the state.

Most of Minnesota's  legendary resorts are located on scenic lakes. Your time at a resort will likely include the use of a boat and other outdoor recreational equipment.

Minnesota Lodging Ideas

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 The most important travel decision you will make is where to stay. You may prefer a hotel, resort, B&B, or vacation rental.

We offer reviews of all the best in Minnesota and you can make reservations right from the Minnesota Visitor website.

 Minnesota Hotel Deals > The best prices for your getaway. Cheap hotel ideas are worth considering. Choose your dates, then compare hotels in the area you want to visit. Some of the most romantic hotels can be found in the Twin Cities; hotels in Minneapolis include the iconic W Foshay. 

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Minnesota vacation rentals can be reserved in every area of the state. Plan a family reunion, a corporate getaway, or a scrapbooking retreat in one of the large rentals. Smaller vacation rentals include cozy cabins like these Lake Superior vacation rentals, and even city apartments. 

Minnesota Resorts & Lodges > Your place at the lake! A few of our resorts offer all-inclusive resort vacations. Choose a resort in a top vacation destination or plan a fishing expedition at one of our fishing resorts. 

Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Inns > Plan your romantic getaway in some of the most beautiful B&Bs in Minnesota. One of the most unique B&Bs is the Lighthouse B&B in Two Harbors.

Romantic Lanesboro is famous as the "Bed & Breakfast Capital" of Minnesota. There are other romantic getaways in this part of the state and many lovely southern Minnesota bed & breakfast inns.

 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.

Lodging Ideas > Some of our favorites include beautiful hotels, amazing resorts, charming bed and breakfast inns and vacation rentals that will accommodate a large group. Read reviews of all of them.

Minnesota Deals - Bargains - Coupons

Minnesota Deals >Save on almost everything you want to do in Minnesota with these discounts, bargains, and coupons.

Get the best Minnesota hotel deals > vacation packages, and cheap travel ideas for every place you want to go.

Cheapest hotel prices> compare what is offered at all the major hotel and airfare vendors.

Entertainment in Minnesota - Save up to 50% on tickets for top sporting events, shows and concerts. 

Most family vacation destinations in Minnesota include beautiful family vacation resorts, cabins, and dozens of state parks and many other top family vacations spots.

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. Enjoy the best of  Twin Cities entertainment.

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Seven Unique Minnesota Regions

The "Seven States of Minnesota" Each of these areas has a distinct geography and amazing attractions. These regions are: The Twin Cities, the St. Croix River Valley, the Arrowhead, the Central Lakes area, the Red River Valley, Prairie-Land, and Bluff Country. 

Best Adventure Travel Destinations: Find your adventure in Minnesota! Visit the Boundary Waters, Voyageurs National Park, The Great River Road. Plan a high energy adventure like sea kayaking or a low-key fun activity like agate hunting. Road trip through charming small towns; explore our largest cities. 

Minnesota Road Trips & Day Trip Tours

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Minnesota Road Trips  Explore scenic byways, lovely small towns, huge forests, and stunning lakes and rivers. Drive the Great River Road and the Lake Superior Circle Tour.  Road trip to the best places where to see wildflowers, the Northern Lights, and our beautiful wildlife.  

Little Known Minnesota Road trip across the state to see what others may miss. Take photos of Minnesota's many "cement statues" and explore small towns that have unique history and attractions. 

Minnesota Family Vacation Travel Guides

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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!

Travel With Tots - Tips and tricks for vacationing with the littlest  family members.

Visit Minnesota on your summer vacation.  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

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 Romantic Getaways in Minnesota's hundreds of beautiful vacation spots in every season of the year. A romantic winter getaway is a  cozy idea. 

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.

First Date Ideas - for when your romance is just beginning.

Autumn Minnesota Tourist Attractions!

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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

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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.

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. Go ice fishing, and enjoy cross-country-skiing on Minnesota trails. Choose from a long and celebrate the season.

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 skijour with your dog, and go on a sleigh ride. Attend winter festivals in many towns and cities all across the state.

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Come for Christmas!  > Where better to enjoy a winter wonderland?

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. 

Popular Minnesota Visitor Destinations 

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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."

Minnesota Festival and Events offer something for everyone. We have dozens of fun events that include top music festivals like WeFest and the Irish Fair, fun family events that include the Renaissance Fair, the State Fair and Duluth's Tall Ships Festival. Get out for wine tastings, a grape stomp, Cinco de Mayo, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Where will you go next?

Minnesota Recipes

Minnesota Recipes pages include recipes for lefse, lutefisk, rhubarb, SPAM, wild game and fish, and more.

Minnesota Hot Dish Recipes - This is the most popular of our Minnesota recipes and so often thought of as a traditional Minnesota Recipe. The Tater Tot hot dish recipe is our most popular version. 

Made in Minnesota - Do you know about these amazing Minnesota inventions and products? Any Minnesota visitor or resident will delight in owning some of these. 

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