Minnesota Travel Guide

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Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota is a northern state within the U.S. that is known for the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as the vast number of waterways and forests that make up the wilder regions of the state. With nearly 60% of the state's residents living in the Twin City metropolitan area, the rest of the state is divided up into agricultural regions, deciduous forests which have been somewhat cleared and settled, and the great North Woods area, which is heavily mined and forested, but also an area of great natural beauty with plenty of parks and recreational facilities. It is the second northernmost state aside from Alaska, and borders along Lake Superior.

Along with being home to the Twin Cities, Minnesota is a state that is full of natural beauty. There are 72 state parks, including Itasca State Park, which was first established in 1891 and home to the source of the Mississippi River. With so many parks scattered throughout the state, it's no wonder that the reason most people come here is for the natural beauty of the landscape. There are four ecological sections throughout the state, with the Prairie Parkland in the southwest, the Eastern Broadleaf Forest in the southeast, the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland in the northwest, and the Laurentian Mixed Forest in the north. This is one of the best places in the country to catch a glimpse of timber wolves, black bears, and moose. The fishing is also known as being some of the best in the nation.

As far as cities go, the Twin Cities offer all the modern amenities one could expect from an American metropolitan area. The history goes back to the days of the Native Americans and the French fur traders that came here in the 17th century. These days the state’s mining and logging histories are well documented, and can be referenced at various historical sites throughout the state.

Minneapolis #1 most popular location
An arty city hemmed in by pretty lakes and home to a vivacious art scene, Minneapolis is all flashy skyscrapers and good time nights out. Unsubtly nicknamed ‘the mini apple’, the heart of…
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Bloomington #2 most popular location
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Saint Paul #3 most popular location
The other, lesser-known half of the Twin Cities, Saint Paul sits on the northern banks of the Mississippi River, just downstream from where it converges with the Minnesota River, adjacent to …
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Duluth #4 most popular location
Duluth is a port city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The fourth largest city in Minnesota, Duluth had a total population of 86,918 in the 2000 census. At the westernmost point on the north s…
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Rochester #5 most popular location
Rochester is Minnesota's third largest city, and at just over 100,000 inhabitants, is the largest city outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Located in the southeast corner of the …
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Saint Cloud #6 most popular location
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Eagan #7 most popular location
Eagan is a fantastic city, deemed 12th best place to live in the US by CNN Money Magazine in 2007. Eagan is a short drive from the twin cities and the Mall of America. It also has a large num…
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Bemidji #8 most popular location
Bemidji is located in north-central Minnesota on the shores of Lake Bemidji. It is the biggest town in the area and has many stores, restaurants, hotels, parks, and even a small airport. Be…
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Eden Prairie #9 most popular location
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Burnsville #10 most popular location
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Two Harbors #11 most popular location
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Stillwater #12 most popular location
Stillwater is the dubbed "the Birth Place of Minnesota" because it is the first town to be founded in the state. Founded in 1837 is sits along the St. Croix River directly across from Wiscon…
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Shakopee #13 most popular location
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Edina #14 most popular location
Edina is a wealthy suburb of Minneapolis. It's a great area to drive around and look at all the fancy homes. It's also a great place to drive around and relax. They have many new shopping are…
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Austin #15 most popular location
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Grand Rapids #16 most popular location
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Park Rapids #17 most popular location
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Maple Grove #18 most popular location
Maple Grove is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. Maple Grove serves as the retail, cultural and medical center of the northwest region of the Minneapolis–St.Paul metropol…
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Winona #19 most popular location
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Baxter #20 most popular location
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Moorhead #21 most popular location
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Woodbury #22 most popular location
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Grand Marais #23 most popular location
Grand Marais is a small town in northern Minnesota that lies on Lake Superior and is a favorite summer destination of many in the state. While most people come here for the outdoor activitie…
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Chaska #24 most popular location
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New Ulm #25 most popular location
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Marshall #26 most popular location
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Lutsen #27 most popular location
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Apple Valley #28 most popular location
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Saint Louis Park #29 most popular location
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Beaver Bay #30 most popular location
Beaver Bay is the oldest community associated with the Northshore Mining Iron Mine on the north shore of Lake Superior. The town sits on the Beaver River, which cascades down basalt rocks be…
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Richfield #31 most popular location
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Ely #32 most popular location
This is a small town bent around the tourist industry as it is an outlet to one of the top 100 places to visit in the world (or so the travel channel says). The population is around 2000 in t…
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Silver Bay #33 most popular location
Silver Bay is a small town on the north shore of Lake Superior originally founded as a home for employees of the Northshore Mining iron mine. You can watch ore ships getting loaded at the mi…
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Brainerd #34 most popular location
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Saint Peter #35 most popular location
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Montevideo #36 most popular location
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International Falls #37 most popular location
Known as the 'Icebox Capital of the World.' There isn't a whole lot to do here but cross the border between Canada and Minnesota. Also known as Frostbite Falls! Eat at the Chocolate Moos…
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Moose Lake #38 most popular location
Luverne #39 most popular location
Deerwood #40 most popular location
Pipestone #41 most popular location
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Perham #42 most popular location
Prior Lake #43 most popular location
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East Grand Forks #44 most popular location
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Cloquet #45 most popular location
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Shoreview #46 most popular location
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Windom #47 most popular location
Hutchinson #48 most popular location
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Mendota Heights #49 most popular location
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Spicer #50 most popular location
A small town on Green Lake. Just north of Willmar and a couple hours west of the Twin Cities, Spicer is a great travel destination for summer or winter activities.