Uniquely Minnesota®

Distinctive People, Places and Activities of Minnesota

Granite Falls, MN Popcorn Stand

Granite Falls, MN Popcorn Stand

Summer hasn't arrived in Granite Falls, MN, until the night the Kiwanis Club Popcorn Stand opens. Each evening from May to August, downtown visitors enjoy fresh popcorn and 1919 root beer, carrying on a longstanding community tradition.

Mystery Cave and Niagara Cave Tours - Uniquely Minnesota

Mystery Cave & Niagara Cave Tours: MN Caves

Southeast Minnesota is known for its dramatic landscapes, but it's also known for a distinctive feature below the surface: caves. Near the Minnesota-Iowa border are two places where, for decades, visitors have seen Minnesota from the inside: Mystery Cave and Niagara Cave.

Historic Forestville / Mystery Cave State Park: A Walk through History

Historic Forestville, MN: A Walk through History

Once a vibrant small town, Forestville, MN vanished when trains bypassed it in the early 1900s. Many of its buildings remain and today, visitors to the Historic Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park site can take a walk through history.

Red Wing, MN - Weekend Away

Red Wing, MN: Weekend Away

A weekend in Red Wing, MN is a step back in time, from streets lined with brick buildings to the rhythmic chug of the trains. Book a night at the St. James Hotel, plan a romantic weekend or an active getaway in the river town for shopping and dining, golf, hiking or relaxing spas.

Falconer Vineyard, Red Wing: MN Winery

Falconer Vineyard, Red Wing: MN Winery

Red Wing, MN's Falconer Vineyards is one of the state's top cold hardy grape vineyards, winning awards including for its Frontenac Port. A new bistro adds wood fired pizza to the menu, but tastings are available year round.

Minnesota Rock Climbing - Top Spots

Rock Climbing in Minnesota: 3 Top Spots

Minnesota may not have mountains, but we do have great rock climbing spots throughout the state. If you're looking for a vertical adventure, find a certified guide to try one of these three climbing hot spots located throughout the state.

International Tug-of-War: International Falls, MN

International Tug-of-War: International Falls, MN

War breaks out on the international border each year. A tug-of-war, that is, as the border towns of International Falls, USA, and Fort Francis, Canada, take each other on in the International Tug-of-War competition across the Rainy River on the US-Canadian border.


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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