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Discover historic sites and attractions in northeast Minnesota, ranging from lofty lighthouses to underground mines.
Festival season never ends in Minnesota. Bundle up and celebrate this special time of year at a winter festival.
Even if you don’t ice fish, you can still celebrate this Minnesota tradition at one of many festivals around the state.
“Retro” is the most popular vintage style today, and shops with a mid-century focus have sprung up in the Twin Cities.
With dozens of wineries scattered throughout the state, there's no need to fly to California to taste award-winning wines.
The 2019 Minnesota State Fair will feature old favorites like the CHS Miracle of Birth Center, plus new exhibits, entertaining concerts and delicious treats.
The Moose Lake area thrives with charming towns, interesting history and challenging golf courses—and is a great gateway to northeast Minnesota.
Minnesota boasts more than 90 county fairs, each with their own distinct flavor and personality.
Guided Segway tours offer the fun of learning to ride these stand-up, two-wheel scooters while exploring scenic areas and learning about their history.
Superior, the greatest of the Great Lakes, is best explored on the water itself.
The North Country National Scenic Trail traverses seven states, from New York to North Dakota.
After a great day on the lake, do you ever think: “I don’t want to get off the water!” When you vacation aboard a houseboat, you don’t have to.
Perhaps it’s time to cross driving a tank off of your bucket list? Yes, drive a tank! Or operate a bulldozer in an adult-sized sandbox.
In Minnesota, enjoy an aerial north woods view while soaring through the trees on a zip line.
Avid mountain bikers are buzzing about the state-of-the-art network of mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area at Crosby, in the Brainerd Lakes area.
Trout anglers can try their skill at nine designated fishing spots along the Root River at Preston, in the scenic bluff country of southeast Minnesota.
The lovely town of Little Falls sits at a scenic spot along the Mississippi River, and carries rich chapters of Minnesota’s history.
In this charming college town along the Cannon River, the vibe along Main Street (named Division Street, actually) is both historic and hip.
With its bounty of fishing lakes, scenic north woods, and dozens of lakeside resorts and campgrounds, the Park Rapids area has long been a popular vacation destination.
The Twin Cities culinary scene has been drawing national praise, and the latest spotlight is on the many Minnesotans among the 2016 semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards.
Indigenous peoples have lived in what is now Minnesota for thousands of years. At the time of the arrival of Europeans in the "New World" the predominant American Indian tribe was the Dakota. As explorers and settlers moved west the Ojibwe, who lived in the central Great Lakes region, were forced into Dakota territory. The resulting migration and conflict ultimately resulted in the Dakota residing primarily in the prairies of the Minnesota River Valley and points south and west while the Ojibwe inhabited the lakes and forests of north and central Minnesota.
Dakota and Ojibwe cultures arise from an intimate knowledge of place, from personal, local connections among people and the natural world.
More than 22,000 miles of groomed trails beckon snowmobilers to cruise on a sled amid the sparkling scenery of Minnesota’s parks, lakes and forests.
Don your detective hat and explore the fascinating and fun collections at Minnesota's history museums.
Some of the most invigorating Minnesota sports embrace snow. Mother Nature and snow machines keep hills and trails in the white so enthusiasts can slalom, ski, slide, snowshoe and sled to their hearts' delight.
Spreading across the border of northeastern Minnesota is one of the nation's most pristine regions: the Boundary Waters Canoes Area Wilderness, a federally-protected slice of pristine nature.
See how railroads and hockey have shaped our cities and culture by visiting two unique museums in Northern Minnesota.
Behold a mysterious runestone, rare manuscripts, and engravings and illustrations by the world's masters at two Central Minnesota museums.
What do the Schell's Museum of Brewing in New Ulm and the Spam Museum in Austin have in common? Both southern Minnesota destinations celebrate the flavorful history of iconic products.
Explore the fascinating and fun collections at metro-area history museums. Unravel the stories behind intriguing artifacts and learn more about Minnesota’s past.
Minnesota's thousands of miles of cross-country and snowshoe trails beckon trekkers.
With great downhill facilities that welcome everyone from beginners to pros, Minnesota is the place to get hooked on skiing and snowboarding for life.
Minnesota is the place to get hooked on snow sports for life. A great way to start is to try snow tubing.
Fall is a prime season for golfing in Minnesota. Cooler temperatures make for pleasant hours on the course and fine conditions on fairways and greens.
A short drive from the heart of the metro area, Hastings is a great getaway with Minnesota’s oldest winery, apple-picking at harvest time, and antique shopping in the historic downtown.
Take sightseeing to new heights with a hike in southeast Minnesota bluff country.
Fall is peak time to get out in the country and explore Minnesota’s back roads, see the splendor of fall foliage, savor homegrown products at harvest time, and celebrate at seasonal festivals.
Combine a scenic fall drive through northwest Minnesota with a weekend-long open studio event, and you’re bound to find breathtaking landscapes and creative wares.
Roll through picturesque countryside and communities from Fergus Falls to Osakis. This former railroad line is relatively flat and easy to ride—perfect for cycling families and groups of all ages and abilities.
The story of the "Father of Waters" is steeped in American history. From the headwaters' discovery by early explorers with Indian guides, to its background as a transportation route, this history is as varied as the scenery it touches.
In the vast pine forest of northern Minnesota is the beginning of the great river known to all the world as the Mighty Mississippi.
Discover state stories at historic sites and museums across Minnesota!
Here's a dozen Minnesota golf water holes that are interesting examples of how challenging the game can get in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and 500+ golf courses!
Minnesota museums and sculpture parks boast amazing collections of art from thousands of years ago to today. From renowned Twin Cities museums to lesser-known gems in greater Minnesota, art shines.
Minnesota has hundreds of golf courses, and probably at least that many unique golf holes. Here are 10 of the most unique at various courses around the state.
It’s not surprising that Minnesota—part of America’s corn and grain belt—has unique museums and sites devoted to food, glorious food!
Museums and sites present the stories of the Ojibwe and Dakota Indians, and of immigrants who settled in Minnesota, years ago or recently. These destinations reflect the rich tapestry that is Minnesota.
Just west of the Twin Cities, Carver Park Reserve offers something for everyone: nature, trails, lakes, history and camping.
Lac qui Parle means the “lake that speaks”—with the sounds of birds. Lac qui Parle County, in southern Minnesota, is one of the top birding destinations in Minnesota. Salt Lake and Lac qui Parle offer exceptional birding opportunities in spring.
New York Mills has earned accolades as an art town, a funky town, and a great small town. One of its notable assets is the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, which showcases visual and performing arts, film and more.
Big Bog State Recreation Area has the largest peat bog (500 square miles) in the lower 48 states. This is a unique landscape to explore and a great place to examine plants and animals, including rare specimens.
Take a guided tour of historic Forestville in southern Minnesota and experience life at the turn of the 20th century in a Minnesota farm town.
Buffalo River State Park has one of the state’s largest areas of native and restored prairie, featuring a great variety of grasses and wildflowers and 12 miles of hiking trails.
The Duluth Rose Garden is a unique, contemplative spot in the center of the city with an impressive showcase of plants, including hundreds of rose varieties and some unique hybrids.
For a great getaway that is just an hour from the Twin Cities, head to Taylors Falls for a scenic trip down the St. Croix River.
Minnesota has gained a national reputation as a great state for bicycling. Explore more of Minnesota's great bike routes and trails and experience bike-friendly communities throughout the state.
Minnesota ATVentures is an annual guide with maps and insider information on trails that cater to all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-road vehicles.
“Stories in Structure: Winona Architecture Tour” is a handy smartphone app and online resource to enhance your visit to this bluff country town.
A drive along the North Shore of Lake Superior is not complete without a stop at one or all of the smoked fish shops along the way. For travelers, smoked fish is a flavorful treat to bring to a campsite, cabin, or lakeside picnic.
Let’s be honest. It’s not just the kids who could use a little fresh air. Good thing Minnesota’s full of fun, family-style outdoor opportunities for all styles and skill levels. Pick an activity, and get out and play—together.
When driving through Minnesota, don't be surprised if you come across something claiming to be the "world's largest" of its kind. From animals to mythological creatures to the infamous ball of twine, roadside attractions are almost as common as the state bird. Seek out these one-of-a-kind sights on your next road trip.
Visitors are embraced with old-fashioned hospitality along this route. Scenery includes rolling farmland, small towns, and historic sites, many of which highlight Dakota Indian heritage and the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War.
Follow the Mississippi through southeast Minnesota's charming, historic towns and partake of local theater, art, wine, and other attractions along the way.
Follow the trail that leads from Robert Zimmerman to Bob Dylan, from the singer’s birthplace in Duluth to his childhood home in Hibbing, and to hangouts near the University of Minnesota campus where the folksinger crafted his signature sound.
Get ready to shop ‘til you drop! The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is home to the country’s most famous mall, several outlet malls, posh shopping centers and unique boutiques.
Explore central Minnesota's country roads, parks, lakes, and main streets between Alexandria and Fergus Falls.
Encounter animals and habitats from around the globe in exciting exhibits of over 500 species and more than 5,000 animals.
Poison dart frogs, boa constrictors, crocodiles, and other fascinating creatures are at the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo (or RAD Zoo) in Owatonna.
With 75 state parks and recreation areas and more than 1,000 miles of park trails, winter scenery and activities like skiing, snowmobiling, sledding and snowshoeing are always within reach.
Beneath the surface of Minnesota aquariums is a breathtaking array of life-forms from around the world.
The 47-mile National Scenic Byway heading north from Grand Rapids lives up to its name, winding through a wilderness of rolling hills, lakes and the dense woods of Chippewa National Forest.
Each fall, intricate corn mazes crop up at Minnesota farms, wineries, apple orchards and pumpkin patches, following the centuries-old European maze tradition.
The Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud is one of central Minnesota’s premier arts destinations, offering theater, exhibits, and classes in a historic downtown landmark.
The Fort Ridgely historic site, south of Fairfax, features a museum and preserved building foundations that tell the history of 19th-century relations between the U.S. government, the Dakota Sioux and new settlers to Minnesota.
Are you ready for some football? Bring your horned headgear and purple passion and get in on some Minnesota Vikings action at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.
With so many outdoor music festivals—featuring jazz and blues, indie, reggae, country, and classical—it’s easy to get out and groove to the sounds you like best.
Plan a trip to enjoy local flavors and support environmentally friendly sites and businesses.
The Northwoods League plays ball from June through August, with 16 teams comprised of the top North American college players. Seven of the teams are based in towns across Minnesota.
See women’s professional basketball with the Minnesota Lynx at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Twins outdoor ballpark has fans cheering. Target Field has 40,000 open-air seats, a natural grass playing field and Minneapolis skyline views. Take me out to the ballgame!
The artist Francis Lee Jaques (1887-1969), who as a youth lived in Aitkin, holds a unique place in art and museum history.
The Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead brings Scandinavian heritage to life with its Viking ship, stave church, special exhibits and large seasonal festivals.
The Paul Bunyan State Trail clocks in at 115 miles, making it the longest continuously paved trail in the country.
Some of Minnesota's 400+ golf courses are grouped together along trails, making it easy to enjoy an extended golf getaway.
For paddlers looking for wilderness without rapids, the gentle Crow Wing River offers landscapes of forests, marshes, grasslands and bogs.
Avid mountain bikers are buzzing about the state-of-the-art network of mountain bike trails near Brainerd.
An oasis can be found near the heart of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Wood Lake Nature Center is a 150-acre preserve with diverse natural habitats including forest, restored prairie and a cattail marsh.
Leave your car behind and set out on the water to experience the forested lake country of Voyageurs National Park, situated on the Canadian border near International Falls.
From Mankato to Faribault, in southern Minnesota, this 39-mile paved bike trail leads through small towns and along farmland, woods, wetlands, and a dozen lakes including Sakatah (Dakota for "singing hills") Lake near Waterville.
Explore Minnesota's woods from the back of a horse, under the guidance of a wrangler who can offer basic tips to riding newbies.
At the southwestern tip of Lake Superior sits Duluth. Motor north along the North Shore Scenic Drive toward Lutsen, Grand Marais and Grand Portage. Grand Marais offers arts and cuisine and also serves as the gateway to the Gunflint Trail and Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
From the headwater's discovery by early explorers with Indian guides, to its background as a transportation route, this history is as varied as the scenery it touches. There are stunning views any time of year, but this is an especially beautiful route in the autumn.
Spirit Mountain's Timber Twister keeps the alpine fun alive over summer at this Duluth skiing and snowboarding destination.
History podcasts enable visitors to take a customized walking tour of downtown Northfield featuring rich details about the town's historic sites, events and buildings.
Minnesota may not have an endless summer, but it offers year-round surfing and kiting sports.
Visitors can secure one of the many campsites at Lake Bronson State Park, in the northwest corner of the state, and have fun exploring a variety of natural and historic resources.
Minnesota's recorded history begins at Jeffers, where American Indians for thousands of years have traced life stories in rock carvings.
Buffalo's antique shops and monthly occasional sales offer unique finds for day trippers.
Eager to climb back on your sled and cruise over a deep blanket of gleaming snow?
Bald eagles can be spotted all winter along parts of the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota, especially along a five-mile stretch between Wabasha and the tiny village of Reads Landing.
From the Iron Range to Wabasha, Minnesota has been a filmmaker's dream destination for decades. Tour the many places throughout Minnesota where history was made on film.
Cast your winter fishing attention toward southeastern Minnesota's catch-and-release winter trout fishing season, Jan. 1-April 17, 2020.
Love to walk? There's no reason to stop in the winter. In fact, it's a great way to enjoy the special beauty of the season.
If you're crazy about dogs, love the outdoors and are ready for a thrill, sign on for a trip with a sled dog outfitter.
A gigantic web of interconnected, groomed trails--more than 22,000 miles--lures snowmobilers away from home to play on these scenic, well-maintained routes.
Chanhassen is a great place to visit, with two major attractions well-known to metro area residents.
Avid shoppers love a good bargain, and will find plenty of satisfaction at three major outlet shopping centers close to the Twin Cities area.
Two sites in Minnesota are designated as National Monuments, under protection of the National Park Service, for their cultural and historical significance.
Kids (and kids at heart) can splish and splash no matter the weather at Minnesota's indoor water parks.
Some of the best bass fishing you can find, you’ll find in Minnesota. Yes, in Minnesota, the walleye state.
Rough riders who prefer to do their biking far from the refinement of paved trails will find a fat tire paradise in Minnesota.
Minnesota offers several opportunities to visit scenic destinations, participate in a small group learning experience, and bring home a special kind of souvenir.
This state scenic byway exploring the countryside east of Fergus Falls in central Minnesota is a colorful autumn drive with great stops along the way.
Great River Road, the national route following the iconic Mississippi River, travels nearly 3,000 miles through 10 states.
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway loops around the lakes north of Brainerd, through excellent natural habitat for a variety of birds.
Hit the road for an unforgettable ride through a rainbow of colorful fall foliage in Minnesota this autumn.
When forests are lush and summer hits full throttle, the lakes are the big lure for Minnesota's Lake Country Scenic Byway.
Blend together this: 32,000-acre Itasca State Park, 1.6-million-acre Chippewa National Forest, five state forests, countless cozy cabins, and hundreds of wipe-open frozen lakes.
Minnesota's King of Trails Scenic Byway is part of historic Highway 75, a true whopper of a road.
The landscape and life in southwestern Minnesota have long inspired artists, including Jim Brandenburg, Frederick Manfred and Robert Bly.
When autumn illuminates the hillsides and harvest season beckons with crunchy apples and crisp wine, take your taste buds for a trek along the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway.
The Minnesota Grown Directory is an easy way to find farmers' markets, produce stands, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, wineries and more.
If you're always busy playing outdoors on your summer and fall trips, maybe you've missed seeing some of Minnesota's interesting indoor spots.
State parks in Minnesota are full of beauty and fun activities. Handy guides show you what's happening.
Every winter, the Mississippi River valley in southeast Minnesota offers unparalleled opportunities for eagle watching, close up and in their natural habitat.
Ice fishing has been a favorite Minnesota pastime for many generations of anglers. This low tech, no fuss, boat-free, casual type of fishing has a special appeal all its own.
In 1819, soldiers arrived at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers to build the northwest link in the U.S. chain of forts and agencies.
The Oliver Kelley Farm, now a state historic site, is a monument to its namesake, who staked his claim here in 1850 and then taught himself the latest farming techniques.
No matter your adventure threshold, there's a wilderness experience waiting for you along the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway.
With bluffs to climb and the chance to ride a merry-go-round dragon or a real train, the southern stretch of Minnesota's Great River Road makes for a great family getaway.
There's something about fall in Minnesota that makes it feel as though you're really missing out if you don't hit the road together.
Antiques and the Mississippi River Valley go together like daffodils and a long-awaited Midwestern spring.
In many towns across Minnesota, when folks plan a special meal out, they head to the local golf course.
This 55-mile urban loop showcases lakes, the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Creek, neighborhoods and downtown Minneapolis. The byway has great scenery, history, art, outdoor recreation, shopping and dining.
Golf in the Wild North is, well, wild. The farther north you go, the wilder it gets.
For a great escape, set a course for central Minnesota’s Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway. The byway is packed with attractions including lakes, resorts, parks, historic sites, shops, wineries and restaurants.
Explore history along the Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway.
Are you and your favorite group of ladies looking to make a great escape? Disappear together along Minnesota’s Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway.
One of the most popular and scenic destinations in Minnesota is the North Shore of Lake Superior. The paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail gives cyclists a safe corridor to explore this scenic route.
Foliage provides a brilliant backdrop for autumn trips.
Love being out on the water? Want some special time with family or friends? How about a different kind of adventure this summer? Find some floating fun...aboard a houseboat!
Find free things to do in Minnesota, from museums to gardens to natural attractions.
It's pretty easy to find a great place for a good time with the kids in Minnesota. Here are a few favorite places to get you started.
Fall can be a great time for fishing in Minnesota. Larger fishing boats and more sophisticated fishing techniques have lured more anglers out on lakes and rivers in the fall.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is a vast preserve of lakes and woods that stretches for about 100 miles along the U.S. border with Canada.
When winter casts a gentle hush across Minnesota, the deepest drifts can be found along the 57-mile historic Gunflint Trail.
Arts and architecture are a draw in Winona, in scenic Mississippi River bluff country.
Detroit Lakes is an easy-to-get-to destination for a winter getaway, whether you want to relax in a spa, explore on your snowmobile, or enjoy a weekend pool party with the kids.
Minnesota's cross-country skiing trails offer more miles of skiing than a trek from St. Paul to Los Angeles.
Minnesota resort areas offer pristine lakes, championship golf courses, tennis courts, guided fishing excursions and naturalist programs for the entire family.
Plane a trip to ride the scenic bike trails in the central Minnesota region.
Nothing smooths away the stress like relaxing at a Minnesota campground or resort.
This scenic road is a chance to soak up the culture of a deeply rooted farming community, folksy towns, and an artsy spirit that takes inspiration from surrounding scenery.
Take it slow and lose track of time in southeast Minnesota's historic bluff country. Paddle down the Root River, cycle through small towns, cool off in a 48-degree cave, or simply enjoy the drive.
Garrison Keillor's fictional Lake Wobegon is based, in part, in the rural communities north of St. Cloud.
Put a fire engine in front and we can have a parade!
Grand Marais is a charming little town with big waters at its feet and big woods at its back.
For 20 years, Birdwing Spa near Litchfield was the only game in town when it came to destination spas in Minnesota. But now three resorts on Gull Lake near Brainerd have added spas.
A beautiful, dramatic landscape of glistening snow, frozen lakes and frost-glazed pines.
When it comes to theater and art exhibits, Minnesota is the ticket to a good time! Find venues and upcoming events.
When you visit a place that’s nicknamed “Land of 10,000 Lakes” (make that 11,842, to be precise), it's pretty much required that you explore one or two of them while you’re here. In fact, many would argue you haven’t had the full Minnesota experience until you've gone to the lake. After all, they’re not hard to find!
Straddling the border between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada, giant Lake of the Woods is a four-season fishing destination. Anglers search out its walleye, sauger, northern, smallmouth bass, muskies and even the prehistoric looking sturgeon found in the spring and fall.
“Voyageur” is a French word meaning “traveler.” And as the best, seasoned voyageurs know....to get to where you’re going, sometimes you have to travel to the end of the road. Or at least, to where the highway ends, and waterways begin. Voyageurs National Park is an expanse of lakes and forests at the end of the road on Minnesota’s northern border.
Hundreds of Minnesota waterways are designated as infested with aquatic invasive species (AIS), which include zebra mussels, several types of snails, common carp, non-native waterlilies and other aquatic plants. It is illegal to transport these harmful species, which often hitch a ride on unsuspecting boats and trailers.
One of the most peaceful, immersive ways to experience Minnesota's fall color show is paddling a canoe between the densely wooded banks of the St. Croix River. Much of the 164-mile river forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and it was one of only eight waterways originally designated as a "National Wild and Scenic River" by the federal government in 1968. It's also widely considered one of the best canoeing rivers in the nation.
Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the best places for bass fishing in the country. Anglers from all over the United States talk about Minnesota’s lakes and rivers as ideal for catching smallmouth and largemouth bass. Here’s a guide to four major bass fishing areas and 16 of their notable lakes, rivers and streams.
Walleye, muskie, panfish, bass, catfish and trout are among the many fish species that can be found in Minnesota waters.
Generations of American families have spread their blankets in a park every Fourth of July, waiting for the sky to explode with color and sound. Independence Day falls on a Thursday this year, ideal timing for a long weekend getaway.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop in more than two-dozen Minnesota towns on its annual ride through the northern U.S., bringing live entertainment and Christmas cheer in exchange for donations to local food banks. The train will be in Minnesota from Dec. 5-14, 2018.
Throughout most of December, dozens of Minnesota communities celebrate the holidays by decorating streets, shop windows and Christmas trees with colorful twinkling lights, along with the occasional parade.
Who could complain about the cold when its means is to serve your favorite beverages? Here is a round-up of some of the “hottest” ice bars across the state.
We have your guide to unique events, activities and destinations that can be found only in Minnesota this year.
Minnesota’s top-notch professional theater scene gets plenty of well-deserved attention, but there’s a home-town exuberance and excitement that’s unique to community theater—plays performed by amateur actors out of civic pride and love of the art, with auditions open to all.
In my many years of golfing around the world, I know my home state of Minnesota has some of the best courses anywhere. With fantastic places to play in every corner of the state, golfing in Minnesota has variety, with diverse terrain that makes every course feel fresh and exciting. I have played many unique courses in Minnesota, but I still have a few on my golf “bucket list” that I would love to take a swing at.
This year, think beyond the traditional fall color trip and consider using the Mississippi River as your guide. By following the Great River Road, the network of roadways and trails that abut the Mississippi River, you not only get to some of the state’s out-of-the-way places, you gain a perspective on Minnesota’s role in the development of the nation.
Autumn offers some of Minnesota’s best birdwatching, with crisp temperatures, congregating flocks and vibrant forests enhancing bird hikes and road trips. From hawks and eagles to cranes and geese, here are some of the top places to witness the fall migration in Minnesota.
Minimalist design, cozy sweaters, cured meats and hygge: The Nordic lifestyle is on trend like never before. For one of the top places to immerse yourself in Scandinavian culture, food and people in America, look no further than Minnesota.
For many anglers, the sight of an olive and gold-colored fish with an unmistakable white tip on its tail—the beloved walleye—emerging from the depths of a lake is enough to send their hearts aflutter. Walleyes don’t grow as large as muskies and northern pike, and it’s often easier to fill the boat with bluegills or crappies, but Minnesota’s state fish is number one in the minds of many who appreciate the challenge of catching them and the deliciousness of their firm, white meat.
Those itching for a quality turkey hunt will find plenty of places to scratch their desire in Minnesota. Wild turkeys inhabit all of southern and central Minnesota, and can be found even in parts of the far north.
From roller coasters to river otters, there are plenty of ways to keep the kids entertained in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Nikki Abramson is a Minnesota theater critic and teaching artist who was born with mitochondria myopathy, a muscular condition that rapidly causes lactic acid to build up in her legs. This means Nikki is able to walk short distances, but uses a wheelchair for activities that cover significant ground. Often, this means getting around can be a challenge, so she’s always on the lookout for Minnesota destinations that are especially wheelchair friendly. From state parks to sports stadiums, museums to malls, here are Nikki’s must-visit destinations in Minnesota that lay out the red carpet of accessibility for visitors in wheelchairs.
Biking in the Twin Cities is a bit like biting into a Juicy Lucy. It seems relatively straightforward at first (“How is this different from a cheeseburger?”), but there’s no denying the truth after your first ride. Like the Juicy Lucy, biking in the Twin Cities is more than the sum of its parts—and it’s better here than practically anywhere else in America.
Experience an eclectic mix of cultures in Minnesota—from Native American heritage sites to chic Scandinavian shops.
Taking its place among the nation’s great food destinations, Minnesota serves up loads of unexpected discoveries and crave-worthy dishes. Come hungry.
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