Suggested tour itineraries have been developed to highlight Minnesota's special tourism features to assist travel planners in designing trips throughout the state. Minnesota visitors can take advantage of diverse attractions offered throughout the state. Cruise on a Mississippi river boat, canoe in an unspoiled wilderness, attend a world-class concert or enjoy water sports at a north woods resort. Experience why Minnesota is known as a land blessed by Mother Nature.
The sample itineraries featured can be enjoyed by groups or individuals. These tour itineraries can be used in several ways:
- Follow the suggested itinerary.
- Combine days from different itineraries to create a customized tour.
- Plan day tours or hub-and-spoke tours by selecting activities and routes from different itineraries.
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Check out how our itinerary suggestions have been implemented by U.S. tour operators. In this section we give examples of some retail tours heading our way.
Travel Trade Itineraries
The story of the "Father of Waters" is steeped in American history. From the headwater's discovery by early explorers with Indian guides, to its background as a transportation route, this history is as varied as the scenery it touches.
Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, has very deep roots in Minnesota. Travel around this marvelously diverse and beautiful state to discover the forces that inspired a unique American voice. Among other routes, follow Highway 61, made famous in Dylan's classic ode to his Minnesota origins.
Indigenous peoples have lived in what is now Minnesota for thousands of years. At the time of the arrival of Europeans in the "New World" the predominant American Indian tribe was the Dakota. As explorers and settlers moved west the Ojibwe, who lived in the central Great Lakes region, were forced into Dakota territory. The resulting migration and conflict ultimately resulted in the Dakota residing primarily in the prairies of the Minnesota River Valley and points south and west while the Ojibwe inhabited the lakes and forests of north and central Minnesota.
Spreading across the border of northeastern Minnesota is one of the nation's most pristine regions: the Boundary Waters Canoes Area Wilderness, a federally-protected slice of pristine nature.
At the southwestern tip of Lake Superior sits Duluth. Motor north along the North Shore Scenic Drive toward Lutsen, Grand Marais and Grand Portage. Grand Marais offers arts and cuisine and also serves as the gateway to the Gunflint Trail and Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
The shopping is great in Minnesota. In Minneapolis upscale brand names line the Nicollet Mall and trendy boutiques located on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul complement the ultimate shopping paradise in nearby Bloomington: Mall of America. And don’t miss the bargains at the outlets, unique crafts and antiques, and outdoor goods retailers throughout the state. With no tax on clothing, shoes, food and medicine, Minnesota is a bargain hunter’s dream.