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Minnesota’s appeal as a destination lies in both its abundant natural scenery and in its vibrant cities. Dubbed as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota offers much more to explore, as well.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, known as the Twin Cities, is nationally-known for its high quality of life. The area is known for its dynamic music scene, creative chefs, bike trails, theaters and museums, many lakes, parks and greenways. Tax-free shopping is a highlight; Mall of America draws visitors from around the world.

Minnesota also has a bounty of natural treasures, including six national park sites and 76 state parks and recreation areas. Miles of lakes and woods draw outdoor enthusiasts to places like Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area and Lake of the Woods, along the northern border. The North Shore of Lake Superior, an All-American Road, is a scenic drive along the world’s largest freshwater lake. The iconic Mississippi River begins as a small stream in northwest Minnesota, wends its way across the state, through the Twin Cities, and widens as it flows below the beautiful bluffs of southeast Minnesota.

Minnesota boasts 4,000+ miles of paved bike trails. Fishing and hunting are longstanding traditions here, and the state has 500+ golf courses. Hundreds of lakeside resorts, from classic cabins to full-service luxury, make a great base. In winter, downhill recreation areas draw travelers to slopes, while thousands of miles of groomed trails attract cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. Ice fishing brings anglers to frozen lakes. Snowshoe treks and dogsled trips are other winter adventures.

Historic sites tell tales from the past, about rich Native American and pioneer heritage, rugged voyageur fur traders and more. Local flavors can be sampled at restaurants featuring creative Midwestern cuisine and at more than 100 craft breweries across the state.

An excellent international airport and interstate highways make Minnesota an easy destination to get to for a unique travel experience found #OnlyinMN.