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, Duluth, Lanesboro and more.

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Fall Road Trip to Minnesota's North Shore
A three-generation camping trip takes our executive editor to the far reaches (oh, Canada!) of Minnesota’s rugged North Shore.
Digging Into History at Minnesota's Glensheen Mansion
By her own admission, Emily Ford was an unlikely pick to be head gardener at Glensheen Mansion in Minnesota. But she is thriving—and so are the acres of vegetables and blooms she nurtures.
Top Things to Do in Minneapolis
The larger of the Twin Cities does everything on a grand scale. It has more theater seats per capita than any city outside New York, it has the largest mall in America, and its miles of trails trace the second-longest river in America—the Mississippi. Check out our guide for what to do, where to eat and where to stay.
Top Things to Do Along Minnesota's North Shore
Sprawling parks and maritime marvels line the Lake Superior shore between Duluth and Grand Portage. The best way to see it all? The 154-mile-long North Shore Scenic Byway (State-61). Check out our guide for what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Duluth, Grand Marais and all along the North Shore.
Top Things to Do in Saint Paul
The smaller “twin,” Minnesota's capital city charms visitors with Victorian-Era mansions, a concentration of museums and the 1905 capitol topped by four golden horses. Check out our guide for tips on what to do, where to eat and where to stay.
Top Things to Do in Brainerd Lakes
For generations, dozens of resorts in the Brainerd area—130 miles northwest of the Twin Cities—have drawn travelers seeking laid-back lake escapes.
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Top Things to Do in Park Rapids, Minnesota
Visits to Park Rapids (190 miles northwest of the Twin Cities) aren’t complete without a walk across the headwaters of the Mississippi River, but that’s just the start of a weekend adventure here.

Fall in the Root River Valley

One autumn visit to the Root River Valley is enough to make most visitors fall in love with this surprising area of southeastern Minnesota.