Discover some of the many reasons to explore Minnesota, listed here in no particular order.
1. Holiday Shopping
If big-box Black Friday crowds or sprawling mall parking lots make you want to hyperventilate, head for Minnesota’s historic downtowns this shopping season. You’ll find unique stores, locally made gifts, and a pace that makes it feel like a getaway rather than a to-do list.
If you grow up in New York or LA, you might reasonably imagine the way to get a foothold in the music business is to be discovered by an industry rep. As a kid growing up in South Minneapolis, Dessa remembers singing at the grocery store, hoping that a man in a grey suit might discover her, a little diamond in the dry goods.
There’s little that rekindles romance like a cozy B&B room at the end of the day exploring the sights together. The river towns of southeast Minnesota are ideal for that sort of getaway. The region offers several easy river town escapes, perfect for a weekend packed with activities, or an easy-does-it unwinding together.
Opportunities for educational travel abound in Minnesota, with museums of all types, historic sites and monuments among the many options. Whether your kids are into history, science, art or world cultures, they'll find a place that expands their minds -- even if they're having too much fun to notice.
The spectacular scenery of the North Shore of Superior, including seven state parks, has earned this scenic route a national designation as an "All-American Road." Small shoreline towns offer restaurants serving local fish as well as unique shops and art galleries.
There's no shortage of sports teams to cheer in Minnesota, from professional leagues to college teams to local clubs. Whether you love NBA basketball, NCAA hockey or roller derby, you can watch top athletes compete at venues around the state.
From Greyhound buses and snowmobiles to SPAM and Red Wing Pottery, Minnesota boasts a boatful of great inventions and beloved products that have been woven into American life for generations. Check out museums and factory tours devoted to the North Star state’s best-known creations.
The link between food and love may be ancient, but it continues to thrive in modern times right here in the Upper Midwest. Wherever you travel in Minnesota, there's likely to be a romantic culinary getaway awaiting you. Here are nine of the many delicious options.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is considered among the best in the country, and was recently called "the best two-hour layover in the U.S." by Men’s Journal. Get there early or spend some time after you land to discover any or all of these 10 highlights.
Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is best known for wilderness canoeing. But winter transforms this magnificent landscape into a forested cathedral of ice, snow and silence, offering a wilderness experience like no other.
In case you haven't discovered it yet, Minnesota state parks can be pretty enticing in the winter. They show off the special beauty of the season: glistening snow shrouding pine and hardwood trees, frozen waterfalls, gurgling streams, deer trails, and animal tracks in the snow.
For years, domestic beer was viewed as wine's lowbrow cousin, suitable for drinking during sporting events or cookouts, and little else. The craft brew revolution has turned that thinking on its head, and the past five to 10 years have seen an explosion in artisan beer production in Minnesota.
Minneapolis and St. Paul have a lot of connections: The Mississippi River flows through them both, their residents root for the same sports teams, and their museums and theaters are world class. Now, they’re also physically connected by the Metro Green Line light rail, which runs between Minneapolis’ Target Field and St. Paul’s Union Depot.
A winter getaway in Minnesota can be warm and cozy, with fireplaces, saunas, whirlpools and intimate dinners in an elegant lodge. It can also be a bracing adventure in the elements, traveling through the pristine white woods on cross-country skis.
Wildlife sanctuaries dedicated to wolves, bears and eagles offer fun and education for animal lovers of all ages. Plan a trip to the International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center in Ely, the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary near Orr, and the National Eagle Center in Wabasha.
Ojibwe (or Anishinaabe) and Dakota (Sioux) heritage figure strongly in Minnesota’s past and its present. Here are some of the best places to admire tribal artistry, learn about their histories, and appreciate their cultures through storytelling and music.
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