Distinctive People, Places and Activities of Minnesota
It can be hard planning a family weekend getaway. Try starting with one of these top Minnesota family vacation ideas. Cave tours and historic sites, train rides and boat tours, waterparks and beach bonfires will fill your weekend and make you want to stay the whole week.
August in Minnesota brings plenty of fun things to do, including beer and rib fests, a garlic festival, a wooden boat show, kayak festival and one of the largest blues fests in the region. Enjoy art, spy a meteor shower, and of course, head to the Minnesota State Fair.
In the late 1800s, Minnesota had its own gold rush that drew miners to northern lakes in search of riches. Today, take a guided tour to abandoned mines and learn about early gold mining history on Rainy Lake in Voyageurs National Park.
Voyageurs National Park in MN is a top destination for boating, fishing, and wildlife spotting. A Minnesota gem, the park allows visitors to explore voyageur history and the site of a MN gold rush. Tour by motorboat, houseboat, kayak or canoe.
The North Shore is dotted with cozy lodges, bed and breakfasts, unique inns and cabin rentals. Look for seaside rentals in the summer, or a lodge by the roaring fire in the winter. As you travel Highway 61, consider more than one of these 10 great stays on your next road trip getaway.
Native American tribes called Minnesota's prairie home for hundreds of years. Today that prairie is preserved at one of the state's must unique and beautiful state parks, where visitors can spend the night in a real tipi and hike trails crossing prairie, forest and river wetlands.
Acclaimed restaurants, unique galleries, hidden beaches and some of the state's most popular parks line the North Shore's Highway 61. On the North Shore, you don't need to just stay in one spot, travel and explore the sights along Highway 61.
Just a few hours away on the edge of the North Shore, Duluth, MN offers a weekend getaway for just about any desire. Hiking or sail by day, shop and dine in the evening or take a fishing excursion. Duluth has near endless opportunities to fill a weekend away.
A quaint artist town with dining, galleries and outdoor adventure year round, Grand Marais, MN is known for its cool lake breezes, fishing, skiing and snowshoeing on the Gunflint Trail, and access to the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). Stay for a weekend – or longer.
Minnesota: You know it as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. You've been "Up North." And you've walked the famed sculpture garden. But you haven't yet seen it all!
Uniquely Minnesota® tells the stories of the people, places and activities that make Minnesota distinct. From the North Shore to Minnesota's lakes, from resorts to getaways, and from shopping to dining.
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