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Minnesota Office of Tourism - State Tourist Information Site.
" maybe you're ready to start planning your Minnesota dream vacation. Looking for a lakeside cabin with a fireplace in the north woods where you can rent a boat? A bed and breakfast with a whirlpool in southern Minnesota? A luxury hotel suite in the Twin Cities? "
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Afton Village
" nestled between wooded river bluffs and a protected scenic river, the lovely St. Croix.
Some call Afton nostalgic, friendly, and quaintly charming" Visitors in the mid-1800s were reminded of Robert Burns' poem, 'Flow Gently, Sweet Afton,' and thence came its name. "
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"where the world comes to enjoy nature and tranquility! We're a relaxing two-hour drive straight north from the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area.
Come explore our unique heritage. Enjoy the great outdoors, or wet a line on one of our beautiful lakes...we have hundreds of lakes to choose from! Unwind at one of our festivals or canoe the pristine solitude of the unspoiled Mississippi. It's all here in Minnesota's Up North Adventure Country! "
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Albert Lea
"Freeborn County is the only county in Minnesota that offers a wide diversity of farm tours to groups for one to four days. Choose from a wide variety of working farms, ranging from how to hydroponic vegetables, agriculture related dealerships, factories and elevators, historic attractions, quaint towns with specialty shops and cafes, theatre and the arts. "
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Albert Lea CVB
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Alexandria Lakes
"Welcome to the Alexandria Lakes Area... The Birthplace of America. We're the biggest small town you've ever seen! Our hometown atmosphere, friendly people and sincere hospitality are sure to make youer stay with us more enjoyable and memorable. Alexandria is located in West Central Minnesota, where the prairie meets the forest and over 375 glacier formed, pristine lakes are nestled in the trees & rolling hills just waiting for you! Come join us for a day, a week or a lifetime!"
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Austin CVB
"An exceptional cultural environment greatly enhances our quality of life. A variety of established organizations include: the Symphony Orchestra, Summerset and Matchbox Children's Theatres, Northwestern Singers, Austin Art Center plus school music, theatre, art, dance and writing programs. The Hormel Home, Hormel Museum and County Historical Society attract residents and visitors. Austin draws national attention with several popular festivals including Stories from the Heartland Storytelling Festival and the SPAM Jam, which Austin proudly hosts as SPAM Town USA."
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"The Paul Bynyan Trail - 100 Miles of Recreational Trail Brainerd to Bemidji, Minnesota"
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Beaver Bay
" Located between Split Rock Lighthouse and Silver Bay, Beaver Bay is the oldest continuous settlement on the North Shore of Lake Superior."
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"Mall of America is famous throughout the world. Hundreds of other shops and businesses make Bloomington a truly unique place for shopping and there's no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota!
With over 6,500 rooms in 28 hotels, Bloomington has plenty of facilities for your next vacation."
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Brainerd Lakes
"Brainerd is the heart of the lakes area. The town with the famous historic water tower lends to the beauty of north-central Minnesota's woods and water a complete center for shopping, restaurants, business, culture and attractions.
The Paul Bynyan Trail - 100 Miles of Recreational Trail Brainerd to Bemidji, Minnesota"
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" visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the following attractions located within 10-15 minutes of Burnsville:
Mall of America & Knotts Camp Snoopy, Mystic Lake Casino, The Zoo, Canterbury Park, Murphy's Landing, and Valleyfair"
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Cass County Travel Tourism Office
" home of over 500 lakes, the Chippewa National Forest . . . and so much more.
3 hrs from the Twin Cities - 21/2 hrs from Duluth - 21/2 hrs from Fargo "
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Crane Lake
"Bordering the Canadian Province of Ontario, Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Crane Lake presents one of the most diverse vacation destinations in North America. From the marinas and landings at the unique settlement of Crane Lake, adventure beckons visitors along the historic voyageur water routes of Crane, Sand Point, Namakan, Kabetogama, Rainy, Loon, Little Vermilion and Lac La Croix lakes. A unique change of pace...where paved roads turn into pristine waterways in the summer and seemingly endless snowmobile trails in the winter. Crane Lake is for boaters, canoeists, snowmobilers and outdoor enthusiasts. "
Summer activities and Winter activites.
Take in the sounds of the Bayfront Blues Festival, the entertainment and fireworks of FourthFest, or the comfort and quiet of one of over 50 parks.
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"Friendly, personalized service in a safe, enjoyable atmosphere makes Eagan an ideal destination. Located on Interstates 494 and 35E, Eagan is the next door neighbor to the Mall of America. Casual attire is appropriate and layered clothing allows you to be prepared for the variety of temperatures experienced in Minnesota. "
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Ely Chamber
"Whether you're canoeing into the unspoiled, world famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or relaxing at one of Ely's full-service resorts, you'll discover the Ely Difference!
If you are looking for a relaxing retreat, you've come to the right place. Relaxing here is easy. The air is clear, the water pure; the woods are inspiring, the sights breathtaking, and the night sky is bright with millions of stars.
Once you Experience Ely, you'll understand how life takes on new meaning. "
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"Half-way Between Chicago & the Black Hills!"
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Fergus Falls
"The Central Lakes Trail is a major corridor linking the communities of Fergus Falls, Dalton, Ashby, Melby, Evansville, Brandon, Garfield, Alexandria, Nelson & Osakis. It is open year-round.
In addition try Golfing, Fishing, Hunting [Small Game, Pheasant, Deer (Archery), Deer (Firearms), Waterfowl (Ducks & Geese), Waterfowl (Special Seasons)], Swimming or Waterskiing"
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Grand Rapids
"including Bovey, Bigfork, Cohasset, Coleraine, Deer River, Effie, Grand Rapids, Hill City, Marcell, Remer, and Warba.
Wondrous winters, fabulous falls, spectacular summers - scintillating springs! Grand Rapids and the surrounding area prides itself on its reputation as a beautiful and exciting, four-season vacation destination.
With more than a million acres of forest, over a thousand sparkling lakes and four distinct seasons, this blend of natural ingredients make this a great place to live - a grand place to visit."
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Granite Falls
"Downtown Granite Falls is situated on the west bank of the Minnesota River. In addition to many retail stores, you may relax at Lende Plaza overlooking the river. Stroll across the "walking bridge" to the east side of the river to Rice Park. Especially interesting is the Granite Falls Dam in the downtown area. View the Dam from Sorlien Park, where you will find fishing, parking, picnic tables and observation decks. Watch the pelicans and feed the ducks. It's a beautiful site! "
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Gunflint Trail Assoc,
"The Gunflint Trail is a year-round vacation destination located in Northeastern Minnesota's Tip of the Arrowhead region. Providing accommodations and services for the area are numerous resorts, canoe outfitters, bed and breakfast inns, campgrounds, gift shops, and restaurants. The Gunflint Trail itself is a 63-mile long paved highway that begins in the town of Grand Marais on the North Shore of Lake Superior and winds its way t o Saganaga Lake on the Canadian border. The Trail is surrounded by the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. "
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"Located in the heart of Historic Bluff Country, Harmony offers a change of pace--a place to unwind your mind and recharge your batteries. Come and stay a day and you'll want to come back for a weekend or a week.
Today we live in "Harmony...with our Amish neighbors. A number of Amish families accept visitors and two businesses offer car and group tours of the Amish settlement. You may visit a basket maker, candy maker, or baker, and/or a furniture shop; as you travel the back roads you'll see buggies and horse-drawn farm equipment.
The Harmony-Preston trail link will soon become a part of the Root River Trail, which is over 45 miles long and blacktopped for hiking, biking, and skiing.
Harmony is home to Niagara Cave. One-hour guided tours offer a chance to thrill at nature's beauties including a 60-foot waterfall, the crystal wedding chapel, huge stalactites and rock formations millions of years in the making all far below the earth's surface. The cave stays a constant 48 degrees year round."
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""Velkommen til Hendricks!" In the Norwegian language, that means "Welcome to Hendricks."
Visit our colorful Syttende Mai ethnic festival. Plus, one of the largest gatherings of working antique tractors in the Upper Midwest. And there's our lake, golf course, historical museum, bed and breakfast facilities, early fishing "opener," and more. "
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Historic Bluff Country
"Discover a true sense of magic while exploring the magnificent wooded terrain, picturesque communities and memorable attractions of Historic Bluff Country.
Come to enjoy antiquing, bicycling the Root River State Trail or just sitting by the campfire. Join in local celebrations, settle in for a picnic in the park and an evening concert, or retreat to the cozy comfort of a bed and breakfast.
Explore our three state parks, tour a fish hatchery, or take a step back in time with a visit to our museums and historic sites.
Canoe the Root River, motor the Mississippi or take in a few rounds of golf. Get hooked on trout fishing, hunt bountiful wild turkeys and experience our varied winter activities. Take a trip underground in Minnesota's only caves or tour the region's Amish families. Shop for unique gifts and sample the wide range of culinary delights."
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"They found what they had been looking for - a quiet and peaceful place to build and grow - the future site of Hutchinson.
The Crow River flowing throught the city bears the name of the great Dakota Chief Little Crow. A statue erected in his honor gazes across the rippling water near the Main Street dam.
In Hutchinson, we're expecting you to find some to the same thing the early settlers found - a beautiful and relaxing place with friendly, caring people..."
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Lake County
"Nestled near the northeastern corner of Minnesota, the North Shore highlands have been populated by a succession of Native Americans for 10,000 years. They took advantage of the area's abundance by using the maples along the ridges for sugaring, the forest, thick with birch and fir trees, for a variety of products including canoes, sleds, and snowshoes, the game for meat and hides, and by fishing Lake Superior, inland lakes, and the many rivers, which were especially fruitful during the spring run. "
Lake County includes Little Marais, Knife River, Isabella, Illgen City, Finland, Beaver Bay, Silver Bay and Two Harbors.
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Leech Lake
"a 109,415-acre lake noted for great fishing and a host of other recreational activities"
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Little Falls
"Boyhood home of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr."
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"The Mankato/North Mankato Area offers a wide variety of entertainment options for individuals and families alike. Whether you enjoy spending the day shopping or on the golf course, and your evening at the symphony or taking in a theatrical performance you'll find it here. "
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Maple Plain
"Maple Plain, MN is a thriving community located 25 miles west of Minneapolis on U.S. Highway 12 in Hennepin County. "
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"It's Social, It's Stategy, It's Exercise, To keep you active all Winter!
Discover the HOTTEST Sport on Ice! Visit The Curling Capital of Southern Minnesota"
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presented by the Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau. Site available in Japanese!
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North Metro
"North Metro Minneapolis, composed of Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Fridley and Maple Grove is your gateway to the Twin Cities. These friendly northern suburbs offer you and your family a full spectrum of accommodations, restaurants and leisure activities, and you'll be close to all the excitement and fun of professional sports, theater and entertainment in the Twin Cities. "
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New Ulm
"New Ulm, the City of "Charm and Tradition," is nestled just 90 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, in the heart of the scenic Minnesota River Valley. New Ulm's history dates back to the mid 1800's when it was founded by a group of German immigrants. The culture and traditions that they brought with them from Germany remain active today, giving New Ulm a distinctive European feel. This is reinforced by the close ties between New Ulm and its German sister cities of Ulm in Baden-Wurtemburg and New Ulm in Bavaria. "
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Northern Itasca Joint Powers Board (Bigfork, Effie, Marcell, Stokes)
The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway is a 47 mile strech of curving, hilly roadway connecting Grand Rapids, Marcell, Bigfork, and Effie in Itasca County.
The route begins in Grand Rapids with meadows and lakes and then winds through mixed hardwoods and stands of connifers and aspen of The Chippewa National Forest. The curves and hills hide the breathtaking scenic views of lakes and forest land until the traveler is upon them. The northern section of the byway offers travelers the opportunity to travel through the glacial bed of lake Agassiz. During the fall color season, travelers are introduced to brilliant red sugar maples, glowing gold aspen and birch and the deep bronze of the oak trees."
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Northern Lights Tourism Alliance
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Osakis Visitor Center
"'The walleye Capital' Lake Osakis Minnesota, Great Fishing ...... Great Family Fun .....Great Vacation "
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"located in southern Minnesota, is nestled along the banks of the Straight River, one of Minnesota's recognized canoe routes. "
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Park Rapids
"Located in the heart of Minnesota's beautiful lake country, in the northwoods near the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, Park Rapids offers the best in small town living and family vacationing."
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Pequot Lakes
"We are nestled among the 400 plus lakes of Paul Bunyan's legacy, with his giant fishing bobber to prove it. Just a three hour drive from St. Paul/Minneapolis and Fargo/Moorhead, our central location makes for a convenient getaway in all directions.
Vacationers will discover more than our lakes. Seventeen area golf courses, the newly surfaced Paul Bunyan Recreational Trail spanning from Brainerd to Bemidji, and our abundant lodging facilities are a just a few amenities that make our area an ideal vacation destination. The eagle watching and walleye catching is also an attraction that can never be underestimated or overlooked. "
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Perham Area including NY Mills, Perham, Ottertail, Deer Creek, Dent, and Frazee

Sauk Centre
"Sauk Centre is the boyhood home of author Sinclair Lewis with abundant fishing and bountiful farms located in the middle of beautiful Minnesota"
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St. Cloud Area
"Artwork, patchwork, historical work, grounds work and "diamond" work. You'll find them all at unique attractions in the St. Cloud area. Discover our galleries, museums, botanical gardens on the Mississippi River and baseball lovers' collection. Make your's a vacation that works! "
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St. Croix Scenic River Valley
"The St. Croix has become a recreational mecca. It stretches over 150 miles as the boundary between Wisconsin and Minnesota and is the only river in the world that is protected along its entire length. There is a uniqueness to the 60 miles that spans the Scenic St. Croix Valley. It runs between the rugged palisades at Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls in the north to the confluence of the Mississippi River at Hastings and Prescott to the south."
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St. Paul
"The list of Saint Paul area FUN activities includes information on the Minnesota State Fair, the Saint Paul Civic Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Ordway Music Theatre, A Prairie Home Companion, and many other things: "
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St. Peter Area
"Looking for something fun and unique to do? No matter what type of entertainment or recreation, St. Peter has the facilities and resources to meet your needs. There are 3 indoor swimming pools, 1 outdoor swimming pool, 20 outdoor tennis courts and 4 indoor courts, a volley ball court, a golf course, two bowling centers, 8 ball fields, 10 parks, 4 hiking trails, 4 outdoor ice rinks and 1 indoor rink, and indoor track, 2 cross-country trails, 9 area lakes, a campground, and archery range, golf range and a Community Center. We are very close to the wonderful Sakatah bike trail. Fishing is a popular sport, both summer and winter. Our area is known for good hunting. "
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"Where else but Shakopee can you find:
The Midwest's largest amusement park? (Valleyfair)
A Las Vegas-style casino? (Mystic Lake)
High-caliber horse racing? (Canterbury Park)
And historical settings? (Historic Murphy's Landing)
Additionally, Shakopee is home to the nation's largest Renaissance Festival, the nation's largest dinner theatre -- Chanhassen Dinner Theatres -- and one of the top Zoo's in the country. You'll find NASCAR racing, shopping galore and great golfing at Stonebrooke Golf Club."
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Silver Bay/Beaver Bay Area
"Hike our nature trails.
Superior Vantage is within the city. This trail affords stunning views of the town and Northshore Mining Company.
Have your picture taken with Rocky Taconite, the symbol of the taconite industry in Silver Bay.
Picnic at the Bayside Park and view the harbor and Lake Superior from the observation deck.
You may see scuba divers exploring the wreckage of the Hesper in the harbor. The shipwrecked Hesper "is" in the on National Historic Register.
Also, just north of the Split Rock Lighthouse is the Madeira, broken in tow and sunk. The Madeira has remained on the bottom since 1905 and has become a Mecca to skin divers. The ship is in two parts, lying in 30 to 150 feet of water.
Recreation excels in Silver Bay. Located in the center of steelhead, trout and salmon fishing, area streams and Lake Superior provide more than adequate challenges for the fishing enthusiast. Hiking, hunting, golfing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, boating, swimming and mountain biking are yours in the Silver Bay - Finland - Isabella - Little Marias area. "
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"Nestled into the bluffs of the St. Croix River, one of America's protected Wild and Scenic Waterways, the town of Stillwater is itself on the National Registry of Historic Places. Hundred-year-old brick and limestone buildings that once housed merchants of the old logging town now are home to a host of antique shops, rare book dealers, world-class restaurants, bed & breakfast inns, historic trains, trolleys, and paddlewheel boats. When you've had your fill of glitz at the Mall of America, spend an afternoon or a few days exploring the charm of this 19th century midwest rivertown in Washington County, just a half-hour's drive east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. "
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Walnut Grove
"In 1874, the Charles Ingalls family traveled by covered wagon from the big woods in Wisconsin to the prairie of Walnut Grove. Laura describes in her book "On the Banks of Plum Creek" how they lived in a one-room sod dugout north of town. The popular television series "Little House on the Prairie" was based on her series of books.
Highway 14 in southern Minnesota has been designated the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway. Explore Minnesota, visit Walnut Grove, and discover the serenity of the prairie that the Ingalls loved and cherished."
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