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Shake out your lake legs on Gull Lake / Paul Vincent

Your True North isn't on a map.

There's no simple way to find it, no compass to lead the way. Because your True North isn't a place, it's a feeling. A state of mind filled with adventure, culture and curiosity.

Minnesota invites you to discover something new in the world and in yourself. Somewhere that still feels wild and pure, where your story can flow like the Mississippi River and shine like the northern lights. No matter which route you take, they can all lead to your True North. And it's only in Minnesota.

Fun Adventures in Your True North

From relaxing canoe trips in the Boundary Waters to bike tours along the Mississippi River, adventure is always on the horizon in Minnesota. With more than 10,000 lakes, immense forests and rugged bluffs, Minnesota is an exciting outpost for outdoor lovers of all kinds. Or head to cozy restaurants and food halls, renowned museums, intimate live music venues, enticing shopping areas and more to get a taste of the state's vibrant cities and towns.

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A couple outside the Norshor Theater in Duluth

The NorShor Theater brings world-class live performances to the heart of downtown Duluth / Paul Vincent

Family at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America

Ride roller coasters indoors at Nickelodeon Universe / Mall of America

Woman at scenic overlook of Honeymoon Bluff

Hike to the scenic overlook at Honeymoon Bluff, deep in the Superior National Forest / Roy Son

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The Minneapolis skyline over the Mississippi River

Minneapolis skyline over the Mississippi River / Riddhish Chakraborty

Illustration of the state of Minnesota with each region outlined
5 REGIONS

Tour Each Region

From prairies, lakes and forests to charming river towns and bustling cities

Minneapolis skyline behind Bde Maka Ska

Kayaking on Bde Maka Ska at sunset / Mike Krivit Photography, courtesy Meet Minneapolis

Twin Cities

Minneapolis-St. Paul

This incredibly diverse metro area is known for theater, arts and culture, shopping and events. Foodies and outdoor enthusiasts will also find plenty to love here.

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Pipestone National Monument Circle Trail

Pipestone National Monument Circle Trail / National Park Service

Charming by nature

Southern Minnesota

Filled with quiet streams and quaint towns, this part of the state also offers some big attractions: lakes, rivers, caves, nature centers, historic sites, art museums and more.

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Dockside dining at Breezy Point Resort

Dockside dining at Breezy Point Resort in the Brainerd Lakes Area

The heart of it

Central Minnesota

Fishing, boating and waterskiing are the quintessential draws. Plus, there are more than 70 scenic golf courses, miles of mountain biking trails and charming main streets to explore.

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Three men observe the high falls at Tettegouche State Park

At 63 feet high, the High Falls at Tettegouche State Park is the tallest waterfall within Minnesota's state border

Rugged & Cultured

Northeast Minnesota

Wild forests, majestic lakes and tumbling waterfalls make a beautiful backdrop for outdoor adventures, while the seaport city of Duluth is the region’s cultural anchor.

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Itasca State Park Mississippi Headwaters sunset

The Mississippi River begins its 2,552-mile route across America at Itasca State Park in northern Minnesota

Great Wide North

Northwest Minnesota

Wilderness areas are the big lure here. Find some of the state’s largest lakes, most dramatic wildlife and the headwaters of the Mississippi River, but don't leave without uncovering the many cultural gems, too.

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