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Your top 10 summer vacation ideas are Minnesota vacation travel guides that will inspire family vacations, couple’s getaways and solo adventures in Minnesota. These attractions are not meant to be a one - ten ranking. All are part of the "best of Minnesota." 

Go to the Lake - Going "up to the lake" is a common expression in Minnesota. With more than 10,000 lakes in the state it's not easy to pinpoint what "the lake" means.  There are lakes in every part of the state; they provide recreation in almost all of our state parks; many towns are named for their lake.

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North Shore of Lake Superior attracts more visitors than any other area of Minnesota. When the weather is hot, we all think of escaping to the cool of the shore. Duluth has many attractions. You will want to take some time there. If you can, plan some time to explore further. We have compiled a list of our favorite Top 10 North Shore attractions.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildernessis the "trip of a lifetime" for some. Others go back repeatedly to this amazing part of Minnesota. You can have a similar experience in Minnesota's only National Park - Voyageurs National Park


Minnesota State Parks - Itasca State Park

Minnesota National Parks and ForestsNational Forest Campgrounds

Lake Vermillion State Park - 

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Roadside Attractions

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Roadside Attractions - Grab your camera and head out to get some photo of you and your family and friends posing beside some really "wacky and tacky" Minnesota roadside attractions including cement statues and roadside sculptures.

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Nature and Wildlife Tours

Interstate State Park - geological formations

Banning State Park - Some of the most beautiful wildflowers in the state

Jay Cook State Park - swinging bridge over the gorge

Waterfalls (link) Minneopa State Park for Southern Minnesota's largest waterfall. High Falls at Grand Portage State Park

Animals - Wolf Center and Bear Center in Ely - Moose: best place to see one is in the Boundary Waters or Voyageurs National Park - Chippewa National Forest - best place to see breeding eagles (also National Eagle Center in Wabasha)

Buffalo River State Park - Tamarack National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota History Tours

Grand Portage

Cave Tours - Fossils & Caves - Hill Annex Mine State Park )fossil hunting) and caves in Forestville and Mystery Cave State Parks - Niagra Cave at Harmony MN - Pipestone

Minnesota Museums - Minnesota History Museum

Science Museum of Minnesota

Mississippi River Museum 

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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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