Minnesota Travel Guide
This state borders Lake Superior, the largest of North America’s Great Lakes. It is also the 12th largest state in America and is known as the ‘Land of 10,000 lakes’. Minnesota is also famous for its forests, which is why it is a favorite destination for many tourists who want to go hiking or camping. Read our travel guides and attractions below to start planning your trip to Minnesota.
First, a little history…
The early French explorers arrived in Minnesota in the 1650s. In the 18th century, there was a war between the British and the French. After the war ended in 1763, the British took over the eastern region of Minnesota. After almost two decades, as a result of the Revolutionary War, the state became a U.S territory. In 1803, the U.S purchased the entire region of Minnesota from the French, and in 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state admitted into the union.
Travel Guides for this State
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Major Minnesota Attractions
Mall of America
Opened in 1992, the mall of America is the largest mall in America and one of the top attractions in Minnesota. It has around 60 restaurants and more than 500 shops. In addition, in this incredible building, you will find theaters, hotel accommodations, comedy clubs, and entertainment centers. The mall also has the Nickelodeon Universe, the country’s first indoor Nickelodeon theme park. In addition, the mall hosts more than 400 events every year, including the Minnesota Viking fan celebrations. The mall has so much to offer that it can take more than a day to explore it fully!
Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Institute has over 85,000 artworks representing 5,000 years of world history, including American modernism and ancient artifacts worldwide. In addition, the Institute organizes family programs and hosts many public tours without any admission fee. The Art in Bloom festival also takes place yearly in the Institute and lasts four days.
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
The Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is famously known for its lighthouse, situated on a 130-foot-high cliff. The lighthouse has a history as it was put into service in 1910 to protect Lake Superior shipping. The Split Rock Lighthouse is also one of the most photographed lighthouses in the U.S. Visitors can take a look around the foghorn building and tour the lighthouse along with the keeper’s house.
Cathedral of St. Paul
Built in the early 1900s, the cathedral is the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul. Today, the building is also a pilgrimage site and can hold up to 3,000 people. The architecture of the building is reminiscent of the Classical Renaissance. A signature feature of the cathedral is its Shrine of Nations, which forms a semicircle behind the altar. The cathedral is open to the public for worship and offers an hour-long guided tour at 1 pm from Tuesday to Friday.
Hadley is a small Minnesota town founded in the 19th century and is known as a ‘haunted town.’ The city had over 160 residents initially, but the number of residents declined over time. In 2018, it was recorded that only 58 people were living in Hadley Bank. Due to the low population, most of the town is covered with growing vines, which gives off a ghostly vibe.
Some other notable places and Minnesota attractions:
Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
Itasca State Park
Munsinger Clemens Gardens
Itasca State Park
Minnesota State Capitol Building
National Park in Minnesota
We had the best time paddle boarding with our little dog, Annie, through the lake and around the marsh.
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