View the scenic Minneapolis skyline along the Mississippi River
Welcome to Minnesota
Minnesota, an incredibly diverse state in the Great Lakes region of the United States, is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minnesota offers activities and adventures of every kind, on water or on land: from the hustle and bustle of cities to pristine wilderness, pine forests and hillsides, from historical landmarks to modern attractions.
This page will give you an introduction to the best Minnesota has to offer, as well as information to help you plan your trip. At the bottom of this page you will find links to Minnesota travel resources available in your language. You can use a browser plugin for translation such as Google Translate or Translator for Microsoft Edge to view the rest of this website in your language.
Unspoiled Nature and Dynamic Cities
Unique outdoor experiences await you in the state of Minnesota, from the vast northern forests and shores of Lake Superior to the beautiful slopes of southern Minnesota and the winding trails of the Mississippi. The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, the largest urban area between Denver, Colorado, to the west and Chicago, Illinois, to the east, is a vibrant and diverse cultural center filled with music, nightlife, sports, art and shopping.
Central Standard Time (GMT-6) mid-November to early March
Central Daylight Time (GMT-5) mid-March to early November
Flights and Transportation
The main international airport is MSP (Minneapolis/Saint Paul). Additional international, regional and municipal airports are located throughout the state.
Amsterdam (AMS), Netherlands: Delta Air Lines/KLM
Dublin (DUB), Ireland: Aer Lingus and Delta Air Lines
Frankfurt (FRA), Germany: Lufthansa and Condor Airlines
London (LHR), England: Delta Air Lines
Mexico City (MEX): Delta Air Lines
Paris (CDG), France: Air France/Delta Air Lines
Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland: Icelandair
Seoul (ICN), South Korea: Delta Air Lines
Tokyo (HND), Japan: Delta Air Lines
*Additional international nonstop flights from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
At MSP Airport: Getting around the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area is easy with the Metro Transit Light Rail System. The Blue Line connects the Mall of America and MSP Terminals 1 and 2 to downtown Minneapolis, and the Green Line connects downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. A ticket costs between $2.25 and $3.50 (£1.83 and £2.85).
Amtrak currently provides passenger rail service in Minnesota on the Empire Builder Route from Chicago, Illinois to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.
The Empire Builder runs once daily in each direction in Minnesota, stopping at Winona, Red Wing, Saint Paul and St. Cloud, Staples and Detroit Lakes stations. For more information, visit the Amtrak website.
Available at the MSP airport upon arrival in Terminals 1 and 2, browse car rental companies conveniently located at MSP and nearby.
Outdoor Adventures by Season
With more than 10,000 lakes, vast forests and rugged hillsides, Minnesota is an exciting destination for outdoor enthusiasts at any time of year. Kayak on Lake Superior or canoe in the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area, hike to breathtaking overlooks and bike one of over 10,240 kilometers of paved trails. Explore more than 35,000 kilometers of snowmobile trails in winter or take your own dog sled for an unforgettable adventure.
Spring and Summer
Relax in one of Minnesota’s beautiful lakefront cabins or resorts. Take advantage of this season’s long sunny days and warm summer evenings to relax with boating, fishing, water sports and golf.
Enjoy the spectacular colors of the fall season on a scenic forest hike or cruise the river through the autumn foliage.
Experience the untouched beauty of snow-covered landscapes and beautiful days full of sunshine and fresh air. Your unique Minnesota winter adventure includes ice fishing, fat tire biking, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and snowshoeing.
Follow the Great River Road and discover the source of America's largest and most legendary river in Itasca State Park. Continue south through charming riverside towns like Red Wing, home of Red Wing Shoes and the historic St. James Hotel. The Mississippi River serves as the main migration route for the American bald eagle, and you will see many eagles and bird species there. Stop in Wabasha to learn about the river's importance to nature at the National Eagle Center. Winonalies between the slopes of the Mississippi River in the geologically important Driftless Area. The Minnesota Marine Arts Museum's entire art collection is dedicated to the theme of water and includes works by Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso.
Sports in Minnesota
There's plenty of sports to see in Minneapolis: the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League (NFL) at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Timberwolves in the National Basketball League (NBA) and the four-time WNBA world champion Minnesota Lynx at Target Center, and in the spring /summer Major League Baseball (MLB) games with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field are a tradition.
In Saint Paul, Minnesota United FC of Major League Soccer (MLS) plays at Allianz Field and the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL) plays at Xcel Energy Center.
Attractions in Minneapolis-St. Paul
The two largest cities in Minnesota are located on the Mississippi River and are known for their unique combination of city and nature. Beautiful parks surround many urban lakes and natural wonders like Minnehaha Falls and St. Anthony Falls, the only waterfall on the Mississippi River.
Minnesota music legends Bob Dylan and Prince are commemorated by a mural in downtown Minneapolis depicting the life of Bob Dylan and Paisley Park, Prince's former home and studio, now a museum.
Minnesota hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year, but the Minnesota State Fair in August is one of the largest fairs in the country. This popular festival of food (mostly hand-held treats), culture, and music also features quirky attractions like sculptures made from blocks of butter and works of art made entirely from plant seeds.
And at the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the United States, the Mall of America in Bloomington, you'll find more than 520 stores and attractions - and the state of Minnesota doesn’tcharge sales tax on shoes and clothing!
Additional Resources for Traveling in Minnesota
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