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Snowshoeing Whitetail Woods, Farmington / Paul Vincent

Minnesota Regions, Cities & Iconic Places

Each region of Minnesota offers adventure, culture and curiosity. City lovers will find daily events and world-class museums in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area; nature buffs will want to explore the North Shore, northwest and central lakes regions; and small-town charm is the hallmark of southern Minnesota.

The Minneapolis skyline over the Mississippi River

Minneapolis skyline over the Mississippi River / Riddhish Chakraborty

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5 REGIONS

Tour Each Region

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

Ice skaters in front of the St. Paul Landmark Center

A friendly game of hockey at WinterSkate in St. Paul / Teresa Boardman

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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Winter Walk candlelight shopping in Northfield

Go shopping by candlelight at Northfield's annual Winter Walk event

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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Ice fishing houses on Lake Mille Lacs

Ice fishing houses on Lake Mille Lacs

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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Winter fishing Lake Superior Two Harbors Lighthouse

Winter fishing Lake Superior, Two Harbors / Kunal Garde

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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Snowmobiler in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Snowmobiling near Detroit Lakes / Paul Vincent

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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