Spotlight: Minnesota

Minnesota is known for having 10,000 lakes, but there are actually 11,842 lakes across the state. Each lake has its own unique character, and with it, many things to do in and around the water. If you'd rather take in the lakes from the land, there are plenty of trails and bike paths with gorgeous water views, breath-taking scenery, magnificent forests and beautiful prairieland. Minnesota is also home to Mall of America, the largest enclosed shopping and entertainment complex in the U.S and two of the 21st century's most iconic musicians, Bob Dylan and Prince grew up here.


The Treasure State

Major airports:
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Spring: 8°C to 21°C
Summer: 16°C to 27°C
Autumn: 4°C to 14°C
Winter: -13°C to -4°C

Central Time
(-5 hours GMT)


Getting around

Traveling from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to downtown Minneapolis, St. Paul or the Mall of America is simple with the Metro Transit Blue and Green Line Lightrail. Minneapolis-St. Paul also has an extensive bus system for getting around the metro area. For venturing outside of the metro area, it is best to rent a car or a camper to experience the great lakes and trails Minnesota has to offer.

New & Trending

Two new destination resorts have recently opened in Minnesota, the Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, and Pier B Resorts in Duluth. The family-friendly Great Wolf Lodge features a full water park, indoor ropes course, arcades and multiple restaurants. Pier B Resort offers premier water-front lodging on Lake Superior.

The Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo is now open. This luxury golf course was designed by both Annika Sorenstam and the late Arnold Palmer. The course features five tee boxes, bent-grass fairways and generous landing areas. Minnesota will also be hosting a PGA Tour stop in 2019 at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.

At the start of August 2018, the first airport connected hotel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will open. The Intercontinental Hotel at MSP Airport will feature 291 rooms, two restaurants, a penthouse-level observation bar, signature InterContinental Club Lounge, business centre, fitness centre and a world-class spa.

Fun fact: The world's largest hockey stick and puck are located in downtown Eveleth, Minnesota, which is often called the capital of American hockey.

Must see

Mall of America, Bloomington: Mall of America is the country's largest entertainment and shopping complex located five minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. With more than 520 stores the mall has many attractions for all ages including the indoor amusement park Nickelodeon Universe®, FlyOver America and SeaLife Minnesota Aquarium.

Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive: Take Highway 61, known as the North Shore Scenic Drive, along the coast of Lake Superior from Duluth to the Canadian border. Duluth is located on the far western shores of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Duluth also has a thriving craft brewery scene.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Cook, Lake & Saint Louis counties: Established in 1964, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) has changed little since the glaciers melted. With over 2,400 kilometres of canoe routes, nearly 2,200 designated primitive campsites, and more than 1,000 lakes and streams waiting, the BWCAW draws thousands of visitors each year.

Minnesota's local music scene: Minnesota is home to an expansive and thriving music scene, with over 300 venues playing live music on any given night. Minnesota is also the birthplace of famed musicians Bob Dylan and Prince. Visitors can now tour Prince's Paisley Park estate, where he lived and recorded his hit songs.

Discover Paul Bunyan, the larger-than-life lumberjack: Legend has it that Minnesota's 10,000 lakes were created by folklore giant Paul Bunyan's footprints filling with water as he explored the state. Since then, it has become a rite of passage for guests and locals to snap their photo with the iconic lumberjack. Discover his most popular likenesses across Minnesota.

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