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Minnesota's appeal as a destination lies in both its abundant natural scenery and in its vibrant cities. Dubbed the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," Minnesota offers much more to explore, as well. From cityscapes and small towns to prairie and wilderness, Minnesota’s diverse destinations and experiences attract more than 71 million visitors each year. Explore Minnesota’s PR team and broad network of tourism industry professionals can assist with your travel story assignment. Get inspired with the following Minnesota story ideas and more at exploreminnesota.com.

  1. 10 Instagram-Worthy Spots in Minnesota

    10 Instagram-Worthy Spots in Minnesota

    We want everyone (especially those with a smartphone) to venture outside their comfort zones and discover new places, trails and Minnesota charms. But that doesn’t mean we can’t steer you in the right direction, to places we already know will photograph well and get you lots of “double taps” on Instagram.

  2. Celebrate the Life of Prince with This Tour

    Celebrate the Life of Prince with This Tour

    Celebrate the life of Prince with this tour of Minneapolis and beyond.

  3. 48 Essential Minnesota Events

    48 Essential Minnesota Events

    Whether you're into art, animals or ice fishing, you're sure to find an event worth traveling for this year in Minnesota.

  4. 10 Charming Minnesota Main Streets

    10 Charming Minnesota Main Streets

    From tree-lined avenues with late Victorian charm to clusters of homey cafes and artsy boutiques, Minnesota claims its share of classic American main streets. Visit these charming downtowns ideal for leisurely strolls, unique shopping, and wrapping your hands around warm cups of coffee or chilled microbrews while taking in the local vibe.

  5. What's New at Mall of America

    What's New at Mall of America

    There's always something new to see and do at Mall of America in Bloomington.

  6. Five Ways to Make the Most of Winter

    Five Ways to Make the Most of Winter

    Winter in Minnesota is the perfect time of year to get together with loved ones, embrace old traditions, or even start some new ones. Here are just five of the many ways to make the most of this special season.

  7. Head out to the Farm for ... Pizza?

    Head out to the Farm for ... Pizza?

    A handful of Minnesota farms host “pizza nights,” when piping hot pies with freshly picked toppings have visitors flocking from miles around.

  8. Discover Minnesota's Ethnic Heritage

    Discover Minnesota's Ethnic Heritage

    Museums and sites present the stories of the Ojibwe and Dakota Indians, and of immigrants who settled in Minnesota, years ago or recently. These destinations reflect the rich tapestry that is Minnesota.

  9. All Minnesota Travel Ideas

    All Minnesota Travel Ideas

    Need some inspiration to start planning your Minnesota vacation? Get great travel ideas from stories that exemplify all that Minnesota has to offer, from family-friendly attractions to can’t-miss events to culinary trends.