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Tours & Excursions

Horse drawn wagon tour of Carlos Creek Winery
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Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria

Expert Guides & Up-Close Perspectives

Whether it’s led by a local expert or self-guided, taking a tour is often the best way to get to know a place. Explore Minnesota on guided tours, boat cruises and themed excursions that will immerse you in Minnesota’s most intriguing destinations. These distinctive outings include train journeys from Duluth, narrated boat cruises on lakes and rivers throughout the state, cave tours in Bluff Country and mine tours on the Iron Range. Discover Twin Cities highlights on tours by bike, motor coach, Segway and even light rail.

Green Line and Capitol building in St. Paul

Ride the Green Line light rail between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, and many neighborhoods in between / Robert Ferdinandt

Tour the Twin Cities by Light Rail

From the stadium where the Vikings play to small record shops to great restaurants, so many top Twin Cities attractions are within blocks of the Green Line, a light rail route connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Prince mural Uptown Minneapolis

An homage to Prince in Uptown by artist Rock 'Cyfi' Martinez / Courtesy Meet Minneapolis

Walk in Prince's Footsteps

The legendary musician Prince had deep roots in Minnesota. Take a self-guided tour or bus tour to visit Paisley Park and other significant sites and venues around town, including the record store Prince frequented in Minneapolis.

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Bob Dylan mural downtown Minneapolis

Bob Dylan mural in downtown Minneapolis / Bill Hickey, courtesy Meet Minneapolis

Discover Bob Dylan's Back Pages

From titling a 1965 album "Highway 61 Revisited" to referencing the north woods in “Tangled Up in Blue,” Bob Dylan has been heavily inspired by his Minnesota roots. Follow this freewheeler from Hibbing to Minneapolis and beyond.

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Dancing around the Maypole at Midsommar celebration

Dance around the Maypole at the Gammelgården Museum's annual Midsommar celebration / Gammelgården Museum

Trace Sweden's Legacy

The accents aren’t the only trace of Minnesota’s Scandinavian heritage. From the world’s largest dala horse in Mora to the impressive American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, say "yah" to Sweden’s legacy in the North Star State.

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Amtrak Empire Builder leaving St. Paul

The Amtrak Empire Builder on its way out of St. Paul / Michael Hicks, shared under CC BY 2.0

Tour by Train

From Winona to Detroit Lakes, Amtrak’s Empire Builder route invites you to experience Minnesota from the comfort of a spacious passenger train car. Stop off for a day or two to explore St. Cloud, Minneapolis and other places along the way.

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