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5 Fantastic Reasons Why to Visit Minnesota

There's more to this state
than its state parks and beautiful lakes

If you want to escape to a state known for its natural beauty, Minnesota may be the perfect destination for you. With a wide array of rural and urban landscapes dotted throughout the state, you’re never too far from an area full of peace and tranquility. Here are five reasons why Minnesota should be number one on your destinations list.

A pier on Mille Lacs lake dock in Minnesota
One of the five reasons to visit Minnesota are its State Parks and lakes,
where you can go
 camping, fishing on its lakes and streams, sightseeing
and enjoying the nature and wildlife.

The Arts Scene

If Minneapolis is on your travel list, you can expect to find a thriving arts scene thanks to the $500 million being invested in the city from foundations and private donors. Regarded as the best art district in the country by USA Today and several other publications, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy in Minneapolis. Make sure to head north-east of the city to check out some of the best performance spaces, galleries, and studios around. There are plenty of free amenities to explore too, such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

State Parks and Camping

With 62 state forest campgrounds and 67 skate parks to see and enjoy, you can leave your busy life behind and surround yourself with the streams, lakes, and wildlife of Minnesota. There are plenty of spots where you can set up camp and go fishing, but always make sure to respect the wildlife and nature around you. If camping isn’t your thing, you may be interested in Minnesota cabin rentals. With plenty of accommodation options to pick from, you are sure to find one that suits you down to the ground.

Shopping Galore

If a spot of retail therapy is what you’re after, you are sure to find it at the Mall of America. Known as the largest shopping mall in the US, you should set aside a whole day to enjoy the endless stream of shops and luxuries that the mall has available. With four levels of boutiques and shops to explore, not to forget the largest indoor theme park, you are sure to find something suitable for you.

Sculpture park in Minneapolis city
Minneapolis city offers you a variety of things to explore on your visit to Minnesota,
including its thriving art scene, such as contemporary Walker Art Center
in the Lowry Hill. (Image by Pixabay)

Minnesota State Fair

Being named ‘best State Fair’ in 2015 by USA Today, it’s no surprise why thousands of tourists flock to the state each year. As the second biggest State Fair in the US (only being dethroned by the State Fair of Texas), the Minnesota State Fair runs for 12 consecutive days (beginning in Late August and ending on Labor Day). There are plenty of fantastic exhibitions to watch such as the lumberjack competition. There are also lots of eateries to try out, giving you a real taste for what the state has to offer.

Target Field

Regardless of whether you’re a baseball fan or not, a trip to Target Field is one you’ll enjoy and never forget. Situated in Minneapolis, the stadium provides fabulous views and fantastic food around each corner. With ticket prices being as low as $14, there are no excuses when it comes to spending a day outdoors and sampling America’s favorite game. Before you visit, make sure you check when games are on to avoid disappointment.

Whether you’re planning to visit for a retail extravaganza, thanks to the Mall of America or you want to surround yourself with the stunning natural beauty of Lake Superior, the state of Minnesota is one that you should put on your ‘go to’ list.

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