Tips for Planning a Vacation in Minnesota



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Need tips for planning a vacation to Minnesota? We will point you to helpful vacation planning pages on our website and lots of other vacation planning tips for a wonderful experience in Minnesota.

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

Vacation Planning Tips

One of the most important vacation planning tips is to plan ahead.

Many vacation destinations are seasonal...Minnesota is not one of them. While we do have a very busy summer vacation season, we also have many people who come just for our fall festivals and our beautiful autumn paradise.

Minnesota is one of the world's top winter vacation destinations as well. Visitors come for our winter carnivals and festivals, ice fishing, skiing and other winter sports.

One of the best vacation planning websites is TripAdvisor. 

The things you can choose to do in Minnesota vary widely according to the part of the state you visit. For just a small sampling of this diversity, take a look at why we think these are the 10 best vacation spots in Minnesota.

Consider your budget of course, however also think about how you want to experience Minnesota. We offer everything from top of the line all inclusive resort vacations to "up close with nature" vacations in our Minnesota state parks

Tips for Planning a Vacation

You may be surprised to learn that Minnesota is a perfect place for a beach vacation. If you think about the fact that we are called "The Land of 10,000 Lakes" it just follows that we have a lot of beaches! Here are descriptions of some of the best recreational Minnesota lakes and rivers.

Romantic beach vacations are a great couple's getaway. 

Many travelers to Minnesota are looking for tips about planning a vacation along the North Shore of Lake Superior. You could take the expressway if you are in a hurry to get to the Canadian border however you will miss views of the Great Lake and all the best places to stop unless you travel on Old Highway 61.

  • Duluth to Knife River - This short stretch of Highway 61 will take you to the sweetest candy shop in Minnesota and the best places to hunt for agates. If you have more time, tour Tom's Logging Camp.
  • On to Two Harbors - Visit the harbor here and be sure to take a photo of the Edna G. a tugboat that once worked the Great Lakes.
  • Two Harbors to Grand Marais - Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls State Park are two of the most popular attractions along this stretch of highway. If you are looking for a unique place to stay, reserve a room at the Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast Inn.
  • Grand Marais to Grand Portage
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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.


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