Amazing Minnesota vacation spots will stun you with their scenic beauty and offer you the joy of adventure that defines a vacation in Minnesota.
continue to be amazed at the variety of experience we have, and amazing places we find to visit
on a vacation in Minnesota.
Though we've spent a long lifetime exploring our state, we still have a list of vacation spots we want to visit, or visit again.
We get lots of questions like "what are the best Minnesota vacations?" Or, "what are the top vacations in Minnesota?" Without saying that "the best vacation in Minnesota is the one that is right for you"...we will answer that as best we can from our own experience and reviews from others.
For a quick overview of what a Minnesota vacation can offer, check out our two "top 10" Minnesota vacations lists:
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul offer a blend of
culture and entertainment that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
Minneapolis tourism spots include museums, theater, shopping, nightlife and, as well, many lakes, parks and outdoor activities for the whole family.
Saint Paul Minnesota vacations will take you across the Mississippi River into the Capitol of Minnesota. You can tour the state capitol and other historic buildings, take a riverboat tour, visit the Minnesota History Museum, and attend festivals and eventa in all four seasons of the year. Plan a Twin Cities Minnesota vacation and enjoy Minnesota metro Twin Cities entertainment at its best.
of the most popular Minnesota vacation destinations is the Arrowhead region
along the Lake Superior North
Duluth Minnesota vacations offer "not-to-be-missed" Minnesota tourist attractions that include the hotels, shops and restaurants in Canal Park.
Travel along the North Shore to visit some of the most charming small towns in Minnesota:
From north of the Twin Cities all the way to the Canadian border
in the slice of central Minnesota that is often called "Minnesota's
Playground." This is the area we often go to for vacations on the lakes,
though lakes are everywhere in Minnesota. It is also the birthplace of the Mississippi River. Visit
our most popular state park, Itasca State Park where
you can walk across the Mississippi on stones.
Some of the towns in the central lakes area are St. Cloud, Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Alexandria, Walker, and Bemidji.
Garrison Keillor's mythical Lake Wobegon, made famous on A Prairie Home Companion is also said to be in this area.
Many Minnesota resorts and lodges are located on the beautiful lakes in central Minnesota.
valley extends along Minnesota's eastern border from south of the Twin Cities
all the way north to Lake Superior. If you love "postcard perfect"
small towns, visiting some of Minnesota's most beautiful state parks and
exploring Minnesota history, the St. Croix River Valley may be your perfect
vacation spot. Stillwater, Taylors Falls, Afton
and Marine-on-St. Croix are "not to be missed" picturesque small
Beautiful Minnesota State Parks in this area include:
The Red River Valley, located near the border of Minnesota and
North Dakota may not seem to be where you would head for a Minnesota vacation.
While much of this area is dedicated to agriculture, you will find some
wonderful tourist areas and towns as well. Don't miss visiting the Hjemkomst Center and other attractions in Moorhead.
If you like wildlife viewing both the Tamarac and Aggasiz National Wildlife Refuges are located here. Camp in Buffalo River State Park and enjoy the natural beauty while being close to Fargo/Moorhead area attractions.
Detroit Lakes is a magnet for visitors to Minnesota with the town's mile-long city beach and many summer festivities including WeFest.
Bring your camera on a road trip through towns in this area and take photos of some of Minnesota's many quirky roadside attractions.
Minnesota's Prairieland region stretches from south-central
Minnesota to the South Dakota border. Though only a small bit of Minnesota's
original prairie has been preserved, you can see some restorations in this
area. You can also get a glimpse of roaming buffalo in Blue Mounds State
Park. Other state parks in this region include Fort Ridgely State
Park and Flandrau State Park.
Visit New Ulm, Minnesota's most German city, Walnut Grove, former home of Laura Ingall's Wilder and Pipestone where you can learn much about Native American culture.
Bluff Country in Minnesota is the region that covers the
southeastern corner of the state and shares a border with Wisconsin. Rochester,
location of the famous Mayo Clinic, is the largest city in this area. Some of
Minnesota's most charming small towns like Lanesboro are to
be found in this region.
Spend some time eagle watching in Winona, visit the SPAM Museum in Austin, take a tour of Amish Country in Harmony. Explore Forestville Mystery Cave State Park and Great River Bluffs State Park.
Minnesota winter weather provides a whole new perspective on our favorite Minnesota vacation spots. Enjoy your favorite areas of the state as winter desinations filled with opportunities for winter fun and recreation.
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