Visit Minnesota vacation travel guide has a focus on the top 10 vacation destinations in Minnesota.
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. We invite you to share your Minnesota reviews and stories in the form at the bottom of this page.
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.
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.
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
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 with lots of ideas for family fun! Family time is precious. Make it memorable!
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 - our list of favorites with reviews of each.
Minnesota Bucket List Ideas > Plan your adventure in the "must see and do" destinations in the state. See what is on our bucket list and share your Minnesota bucket list with readers of the Minnesota Visitor website.
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.
Lodging Ideas > Some of our favorites - 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 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.
Get the best Minnesota hotel deals > vacation packages, and cheap travel ideas for every place you want to go.
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.
"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
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.
Entertainment in Minnesota - Save up to 50% on tickets for top sporting events, shows and concerts.
Minnesota Super Bowl - We have been chosen to host the 2018 Super Bowl game. Learn about the game and other activities planned by the Super Bowl committee.
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. You could spend a lifetime exploring.
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 > 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.
Little Known Minnesota > will take you on road trips across the state to see what others may miss.
Camping Equipment Checklist > The basics for your camping adventure.Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay
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.
Voyageurs National Park > relax on a houseboat in Minnesota's only National Park.
Minnesota fishing > join the thousands who love this sport.
Explore our "inland sea" with a sea kayaking trip.
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.
Keep the young ones happy with lots of summer activities for kids.
First Date Ideas - for when your romance is just beginning.
Bed & Breakfast Inns > Charming Victorian mansions, rustic cabins, welcoming homes.
Romantic Getaways in hundreds of beautiful vacation spots.
Visit Minnesota vineyards > taste the wines at our unique wineries.
Treat Yourself > romantic vacation ideas.
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.
Autumn Splendor > plan a leaf-looking excursion.
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
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.
Don't hide from winter! Get out and play in the snow! You will love our Minnesota winter sports.
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.
Photo Courtesy John Heino Photography
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.
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.
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 Maps > available for every region of the state and for specific activities like fishing, hiking, biking and finding the best roadside attractions.
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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