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10 Best Vacation Spots in Minnesota

We've chosen these 10 best vacation spots in Minnesota to showcase the types of experiences and tourist attractions you will enjoy across every region of the state.

The "top 10" includes are our largest cities, some of the most charming small towns, southern Minnesota prairies, 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. This view is breath-taking no matter how many times we see it.

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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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. 

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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. Enjoy Twin Cities Entertainment. Visit Como Zoo & Conservatory and stop for lunch at the Blue Door Pub. 

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Minneapolis tourism > enjoy  amazing hotels, concert venues, nightlife and shopping. Explore Minneapolis Entertainment including 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. 

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!  

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. 

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.   

10 Best Vacation Spots - Detroit Lakes

Detroit Lakes Minnesota vacations > Relax on the mile long city beach. Enjoy winter activities 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. 

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 

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 romantic Lanesboro is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a side trip to Harmony. 

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. 

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Once you know your destination, deciding on the perfect lodging can make a great vacation even better. A hotel is a good choice if you primarily need a place to sleep at night. For a "feeling right at home" experience, a bed and breakfast inn is wonderful. Your hosts can give you lots of tips about the area. If you choose a vacation rental you will have choices of cabins, lake homes, city apartments and more.

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Cities in Minnesota > Each page will help you plan an in-depth experience of a city or town in Minnesota. Visit our largest cities including  Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Duluth. Each has its own charm and attractions. Discover 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. See why you should visit tiny Harmony in the southern part of the state.

Romantic travel destinations >  beautiful river towns are where you will find many of our most beautiful bed & breakfast inns. Lanesboro is known as the "Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.

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Minnesota Vacation Rentals  -  A vacation rental will give you the feel of your own cabin or chalet in Minnesota. Choose a vacation rental in a specific area or get ideas about some of the best Minnesota vacation destinations before you decide. There are  fantastic rental properties and amazing locations that will be perfect for your group of any size.

We've reserved vacation rentals for family reunions, business leadership retreats, scrapbooking getaways, and business meetings. Vacation rentals in Minnesota have always been a perfect solution for a large group.

"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

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 Minnesota Road Trips > travel the most scenic routes in the state. The Great River Road will take you from the Itasca State Park to the Iowa border.  Other, shorter, trips explore byways and routes to new experiences in little known areas of our state.

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Wilderness areas > like the Boundary Waters, Lake Vermillion, 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. 

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