It is the largest of the Midwestern states and is known as the land of 10,000 lakes and notorious for their bitter cold winters. However, in the summer it is beautiful. Minnesotans hardly know to sit idle. They are an active lot and pamper in activities like camping, biking, fishing, whit water rafting or golfing. Here is a list of places one should visit while in this magnificent state.

Itasca State Park

As Minnesota's oldest State Park it marks the beginning of the mighty Mississippi. One can enjoy plenty of camping, fishing, and hiking. Additionally, there are plenty of historical sites to see as well as guaranteed sightings of wildlife.

Boundary Waters

The Boundary Waters is for the camping enthusiast. One can enjoy plenty of camping, canoeing, and fishing. This is a beautiful way to relax as one experience the peaceful scenery around and listen to the sounds of the river at night.

Mall of America

The Mall of America is the second largest mall retail and entertainment complex. There are 520 stores four national department stores, 50 restaurants, seven nightclubs and 14 movie theaters. There are multiple attractions such as the indoor theme park Nickelodeon Universe, Underwater Adventures Aquarium etc.

Lake Minnetonka

Lake Minnetonka is a 14,528 acre lake located in the West suburbs of the Twin Cities, containing 125 miles of shoreline. One can rent a boat or take a luxurious cruise.

Gooseberry Falls

Gooseberry falls is located by Two Harbors, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior. It is the beautiful and calming sights one will see while at Gooseberry falls. The sounds provide for placid background music throughout the day. One can also walk along Lake Superior's soothing shoreline.

Science Museum of Minnesota

This science museum has exhibits of science, art, drama, and literature in ways that kids could easily understand and appreciate.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The BWCAW is located in Northeastern Minnesota. National Geographic called the Boundary Waters area one of 50 best "Destinations of a Lifetime". This beautiful, million acres, wilderness recreation area is one of the best family vacation destinations anywhere.

St. Croix River Valley and Charming River Towns

It include Historic sites and museums ,Paddlewheel riverboat tours ,Canoeing and kayaking ,Wild Mountain activity area ,Great antique and gift shops ,Unique coffee shops and restaurants ,Winter activities including downhill and cross-country skiing at Minnesota ski resorts .

The Mississippi River

The Mississippi, one of the world's longest and best known rivers, begins as a small stream in Itasca State Park in northern Minnesota. The river widens and deepens as it winds south through the state. There are lots of family fun activities along the Mississippi River.

The Red River Valley and Northwest Minnesota

In the Red River Valley, Minnesota prairie meets Minnesota north woods. Some attractions include: Buffalo River State Park and the adjacent Bluestem Prairie preserve ,The Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead featuring a replica Viking ship ,Lake Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge etc

The Iron Range

One can get a glimpse of wildlife, nature and history. It is named for its rich supply of iron ore. Iron Range is now one of the best Minnesota vacation destinations for its beautiful lakes and forests as well as its history.

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