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Tortas, tamales, tarts and Thai food are among the eclectic array of foods offered at this south Minneapolis indoor market.
The corner coffee shop has a way of making anyone who visits feel at home. Find your new favorite hangout in cities and towns across the state.
Professional sports, intercollegiate play and club teams have fans cheering in venues throughout Minnesota.
Discover the beauty of Minnesota winter in a new way: from the back of a dogsled, on skis or snowshoes, or in the comfort of an ice fishing house.
In Minnesota, a spa retreat is never far away, whether it’s tucked into a wooded resort or in a posh downtown hotel.
Old traditions hold true in New Ulm, but there are plenty of new things to see and do in this German-influenced town.
Opportunities for educational travel abound in Minnesota, with museums of all types, historic sites and monuments among the many options.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is considered among the best in the country. Get there early or spend some time after you land to discover these 10 highlights.
Take a tour of Minnesota eateries that have been featured on the Travel Channel, Food Network and Bravo.
More than 40 wineries are part of the Passport to Minnesota Wine program.
Eat bratwurst, drink beer and learn to polka at one of many Oktoberfests held around the state.
From zoos to aquariums to the great outdoors, wildlife can be found virtually everywhere in Minnesota. Native species including loons, bald eagles, moose and bears are prevalent in the state's parks, forests, and designated wildlife management areas and refuges. For more exotic species, zoos and aquariums throughout Minnesota are home to everything from lions to monkeys to sharks.
Discover why Livability.com named it one of America’s “Top 10 Best Small Towns.”
The Pine to Prairie Birding Trail stretches more than 200 miles between Fergus Falls in the south to Warroad in the north, with 45 viewing sites along the way.
Each fall, apples and pumpkins are ripe for the picking, and corn mazes are carved out of the fields, offering adults and kids alike the opportunity to experience Minnesota’s bounty at harvest time.
A handful of Minnesota farms host “pizza nights,” when piping hot pies with freshly picked toppings have visitors flocking from miles around.
With more than 500 courses scattered throughout the state, Minnesota offers golfers no shortage of options. Roughly halfway between the golf heavyweights of Brainerd and Biwabik, the Grand Rapids area boasts a trio of scenic and affordable championship courses.
Home to some of Minnesota’s biggest lakes, world-class golf courses and fun activities for the whole family, the Brainerd Lakes and Mille Lacs areas in central Minnesota make ideal summer getaways.
Minnesota is full of one-of-a-kind attractions. This summer, make a trip to Nyberg Park in Vining, the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids and other unique sites.
If you’re looking for a new sport to try this summer, Minnesota has no shortage of options. Stand-up paddleboarding, ATVing, mountain biking and disc golfing all combine fun and fitness.
Relaxation, adventure, escape, and quality time with family and friends are among the many reasons why camping is a beloved Minnesota pastime.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources runs an “I Can Camp!” program on summer weekends at parks throughout the state.
Minnesota is known for growing wild rice, sweet corn and blueberries, but our foodie reputation is growing to include craft beverages of all types. Wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries are cropping up all over the state, and you're invited to come taste the delicious results.
Once the temperature rises above the freezing mark, Minnesota’s food truck season unofficially begins. This nationwide phenomenon really picked up steam here in 2012, and there are now more than 100 trucks in operation serving everything from cupcakes to Cajun fare.
Every summer, the sounds of opera singers, piano concertos and orchestra music fill venues throughout the Iron Range and Duluth as part of the Northern Lights Music Festival, July 1-20 this year.
The League of American Bicyclists named Minnesota the second-most bike-friendly state in the country in 2015, thanks in part to our more than 4,000 miles of paved trails. One such trail stretches nearly 30 miles between Wayzata and New Germany, passing by charming towns, glistening lakes and rolling pastures along the way. On some stretches, you’ll share the Dakota Rail Regional Trail with other bikers, hikers, dog walkers and Rollerbladers, while on others it’s just you, the trees and the birds.
With cooler weather, more active fish and a beautiful backdrop of changing leaves, fall is one of the best times of year to fish in Minnesota. Depending on the area and the size of the lake, walleye, muskie, northerns, largemouth bass and crappie, as well as trout in the southeast Minnesota streams, are all biting.
Kids have plenty of places to play in Minnesota, from zoos to indoor waterparks to parks and playgrounds. Also high on this list are Minnesota’s children’s museums, which can be found in Duluth, Grand Rapids, St. Paul, Bloomington, Rochester and Mankato.
Minnesota’s fall harvest not only promises delicious food to eat, but also tasty things to drink. Wineries across the state celebrate this fruitful time of year with grape stomps, harvest festivals and tasting events, and visitors are invited to get in on the fun.
You don’t need a time machine to go back to the good old days. Just hop in the car and head down the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway, where historic homes, churches and commercial buildings remain an integral part of modern life.
Performing arts abound in Minnesota, and it’s not just the Twin Cities venues that have audiences cheering. In the northwest part of the state, orchestras, choirs, theater groups and concert halls have a full calendar of impressive performances all year long. Whether you’re headed to Bemidji, Moorhead, Walker, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids or Thief River Falls, consider adding a live show to your must-see list.
Minneapolis and St. Paul have a lot of connections: The Mississippi River flows through them both, their residents root for the same sports teams, and their museums and theaters are world class. They’re also physically connected by the Metro Green Line light rail, which runs between Minneapolis’ Target Field and St. Paul’s Union Depot, with more than 20 stops along the way.
From chasing the fall colors to picking apples to sampling the local flavors, there's no shortage of things to do in Minnesota this fall.
Winter in Minnesota is the perfect time of year to get together with loved ones, embrace old traditions, or even start some new ones. Here are just five of the many ways to make the most of this special season.
While New York is synonymous with Broadway, and California is home to Hollywood, Minnesota has earned its rightful place among these theatrical heavyweights. In fact, Minneapolis ranks as the fifth-most “creatively vital” city in the country, right after D.C., LA, NYC and Boston, according to the latest report by the Western States Arts Federation. The Twin Cities aren’t the only place to find notable stages. Of the more than 440 theaters throughout the state, close to 200 are in greater Minnesota. This year, new venues and new shows provide even more reasons to make going to the theater part of your Minnesota vacation.
Toasting marshmallows around the campfire, staying up late to catch fireflies, playing tag with the kids from the next cabin. If you grew up in Minnesota, these images may remind you of summers spent at a lakeside resort. Even if you haven’t been to one, it’s never too late to start a new tradition and make some memories of your own.
Whether you prefer riding on paved trails, cruising down country roads or conquering mountain biking trails, you’ll find a terrain that suits you in the Mankato area.
Running more than 12 miles between Rochester and Pine Island, the Douglas State Trail passes through a scenic mix of forests and rolling pastures. Though the paved trail can be traversed on foot, in-line skates or skis in the winter, one of the best ways to experience it is on a bike.
Just because the snow is falling doesn't mean it's time to put your bike away until spring. In Minnesota, many paved trails and mountain biking areas welcome riders year-round. Here's what you need to know to keep riding all winter long.
The Juicy Lucy—Minnesota's claim-to-fame burger that features molten cheese oozing from the center of the patty—has lured countless tourists, numerous TV shows and even President Obama to get a taste of its chin-dripping, finger-licking goodness. But burger lovers needn't stop there. From creatively topped varieties and non-beef options to greasy diner-style classics, a smorgasbord of America's favorite sandwich awaits visitors and residents alike in every corner of Minnesota.
Only available on Minnesota's biggest lakes, launch fishing is a great way to experience the thrill of casting a line without needing your own boat, equipment or prior experience.
While much of Minnesota is characterized by woods and water, the southwest corner of the state has a special appeal of its own. Picturesque farmsteads, towering wind turbines and charming small towns give visitors a distinct vibe that can't be found anywhere else.
What do Bob Dylan, Judy Garland and F. Scott Fitzgerald have in common? Besides being household names around the world, they have all, at one point or another, called Minnesota home. Walk in their footsteps at these sites that honor their lasting legacies.
From kid-friendly to frightening, Halloween celebrations of all types can be found in Minnesota.
No matter the season, adrenaline junkies have no shortage of options in Minnesota.
From A to Z, learn what makes Minnesota such a special place.
Whether you're into art, animals or ice fishing, you're sure to find an event worth traveling for this year in Minnesota.
How well do you know Minnesota? Take this quiz to find out.
Trade golf balls for soccer balls and golf clubs for your legs, and you’ve got a whole new sport. Called FootGolf, this new hybrid game can be played at 21 traditional Minnesota golf courses and counting, including about a dozen in the Twin Cities and others in Rochester, Brainerd, the Mille Lacs area and more.
From fine art to live eagles and cherished literature, museums across southern Minnesota celebrate the diversity of the region while catering to a variety of interests. These five sites offer a taste of the options available.
When you're traveling, a hotel is much more than a place to sleep. If you're looking for something truly unique, look no further than these Minnesota properties, which offer sleeping quarters, history and other quirks that can’t be found anywhere else.
Lords, ladies, knights, fairies and everyone else (dogs, too!) are implored to journey back in time to the annual Renaissance Festival in Shakopee. This longstanding tradition is held for seven consecutive weekends in August and September, with a different theme every week.
Once you have kids, nap times, snack times, and bedtimes before the sun goes down mean vacation isn’t quite what it used to be. But with a little planning, flexibility and a good sense of humor, you can have just as much fun (if not more) as you did before the kids were born.
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes (actual number: 11,842), it's impossible to say which ones are the best. These 12 represent just a handful of the many great places to start your Minnesota lake adventure.
As the story goes, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival began in response to a few misguided East Coast reporters who called the state “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.” Fast-forward 130-plus years, and we’re still proving them wrong with 12 days of ice sculptures, parades, races and other revelry during the coldest and darkest time of the year.
Minnesota takes a lot of cues from Scandinavia, with numerous shops, restaurants, cultural attractions, and even the name of our football team paying homage to this northern European region. While Scandinavians have been immigrating to Minnesota for centuries (close to a third of the state’s population is of Scandinavian descent), a more recent import is the concept of hygge.
Your alarm goes off at 4 a.m. You get dressed, eat a quick breakfast, and head out the door before the sun rises. After an action-packed day, going to bed early isn’t on the agenda. You’re out and about at sunset and later still, venturing to one of the darkest places you’ll ever see, so dark the stars cast shadows on the ground. While this may not sound like a vacation to some, for others, it’s one of the most memorable trips they’ll ever take.
Discover what makes Minnesota a hot spot for biking, fishing, golfing and paddling
As home to America’s fittest city according to FitBit, Minnesota offers countless trails all over the state to get your steps in and log some extra miles. Better yet, many of Minnesota’s paved trails pass by scenic landscapes, glistening lakes and iconic landmarks that make the miles feel like less of a workout and more of an adventure. So the next time you want to add some memorable steps to your Minnesota vacation, look no further than these scenic trails.
From wild rice to craft beer, the flavors of fall are both nostalgic and new.
While you aren’t likely to plan your next family vacation around a playground, there’s no doubt that once you arrive at your destination, you’ll end up at one when the kids need to burn off some energy. Sometimes any playground will do, but if you’re looking for something more than a slide and a swing set, these awesome Minnesota playgrounds will inspire even the parents to get in on the fun.
There's no question that Minnesota is one of the world's top destinations for winter fun. But if snow days leave you longing for sunnier ones, you’ll find plenty of ways to partake in summer’s many splendors from the comfort of the great indoors. From golfing and swimming to farmers markets and food trucks, you may be surprised to find many of summer’s favorite pastimes happening year-round—yes, even in Minnesota.
8 billion cans sold. 350 cans made per minute. Fifteen flavors sold in 44 countries. Spam, the most famous brand produced by Austin, Minn.-based Hormel Foods, is a household name around the world. Learn about its history and "Spample" it for yourself at its namesake museum in this charming southern Minnesota town.
When you come to Minnesota, what’s the one food you have to try? While some will argue it’s walleye (the state fish), lefse or lutefisk (two Scandinavian staples), anything on-a-stick (ubiquitous at the Minnesota State Fair), or tater tot hot dish (just ask Jimmy Fallon), the one that gets the most acclaim is: the Juicy Lucy.
From the farmers to the weavers, Minnesota’s fiber community is tightly knit by their shared passion. Close to 30 Minnesota farms, which spread as far south as Blue Earth and as far north as Duluth, raise alpacas, llamas, sheep, goats, angora rabbits and even yaks for their fiber, which can be purchased raw, partially processed (called roving), as yarn, or as finished products ranging from knitted finger puppets to woven area rugs.
Minnesota's most iconic murals can be found in big cities and small towns all across the state. Some are decades old, while others are new additions. Use the map below and plan a road trip to see them all.
The national food hall phenomenon has arrived in Minneapolis-St. Paul with a vengeance, coming in a wide variety of inventive iterations to attract the masses. So what’s a food hall? Think food court, only trendier—and much more Instagram-worthy.
Whether you want to practice your Flying V or polish your toe pick, Minnesota’s outdoor ice skating rinks are the perfect surface for winter fun. Found in every corner of the state, ice rinks form on frozen lakes, ponds and even rivers as soon as the ice is thick enough, with refrigerated rinks popping up around Thanksgiving.
It’s still anyone’s guess which teams will make it to the 2019 NCAA Final Four, but one thing’s for sure: The college hoops champion will be crowned in Minnesota. If you’re coming to Minneapolis for the Big Dance, you’re in luck: With so much to do in and around town, you simply can’t lose—no matter how your team fares in the tourney.
Trade the lake for the links this Fourth of July, when Minnesota hosts its first PGA Tour event in a decade. The inaugural 3M Open welcomes some of the world’s best golfers and thousands of fans, teeing off a seven-year deal at Blaine’s TPC Twin Cities the first week of July.
Best known for their lakes, parks and outdoor recreation galore, the “triplet cities” of Willmar, Spicer and New London share a well-kept secret. Beyond the boats, the bass and the bike trails, discerning visitors will find a bustling arts scene, with enough theater, live music and art studios to please any connoisseur.
Throughout Minnesota, countless trails wind beneath towering pines, past rolling farmland and around glistening lakes, making running one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to experience Minnesota’s great outdoors.
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