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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.
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