Minnesota

Whether you head to the beautiful North Woods, the bustling Twin Cities or the long bike trails, you're practically guaranteed a great lake view. Find trip ideas for Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd Lakes, the North Shore, Lanesboro, the North Woods, Duluth and more.

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Best Midwest Family Vacations

Head for a sparkling lake, explore big-city science and nature museums, or enjoy hiking and biking in state parks. The Midwest delivers great family getaways in destinations like Branson, Missouri; Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota; the Black Hills of South Dakota; Traverse City, Michigan; Indianapolis and more. Check out two dozen of our top picks for family vacation destinations.
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Giant Snow Sculpture Rises Again North of Minneapolis

For nearly a decade, three brothers have built sea-themed snow sculptures in front of their family home in New Brighton, Minnesota. The latest—a whale—appeared in 2020. It’s a snow sculpture for a cause.
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Jessica Lange’s Remarkable Midwest Photographs

Long before her Hollywood debut, Jessica Lange bought a record by fellow Minnesotan Bob Dylan: Highway 61 revisited. Now she shares her own artistic take on an iconic highway that has always led her home.
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DIY Pet Portraits from Paint-by-Number Kits

With these Minneapolis-made kits, anyone can paint a personalized portrait of a furry (or finned or feathered) friend.
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Travel Hot List: 5 Things We're Crushing on This Winter

Bring skates to a new park trail. Buy a personal poem written on the spot. And pour a glass of ice wine (which doesn’t mean on the rocks).
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Holiday Getaway to Jolly Old Saint Paul

Take a festive getaway to the sleepy-no-more half of the Twin Cities—and knock out your gift list at America’s best new food hall.
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20 Things to Do in the Twin Cities

The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area strikes a great balance between city-cool and eco-friendly, and between history and hip. Discover the Twin Cities through attractions like the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota History Center, Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
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20 Top Things to Do in Minnesota

Feed your need for arts and culture in the Twin Cities, or connect with the great outdoors along one of many wooded lakes.
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Adventure Junkie: Mine for Fun in Minnesota

Book a mod cabin in Minnesota's sculpted Northwoods hills, where abandoned mines have given way to clear water and a natural playground for outdoors buffs.