" 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? "
"where the world comes to enjoy nature and tranquility! We're a
relaxing two-hour drive straight north from the Minneapolis/St Paul metro
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
"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
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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
The Paul Bynyan Trail - 100 Miles of Recreational Trail Brainerd to Bemidji,
"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. "
"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. "
"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.
"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."
"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! "
"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. "
"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
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."
""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. "
"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
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."
"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.
"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. "
"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. "
"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. "
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
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."
"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. "
"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! "
"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 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: "
"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. "
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."
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
You may see scuba divers exploring the wreckage of the Hesper in the
harbor. The shipwrecked Hesper "is" in the on National Historic
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.
"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. "
"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."