The Twin Cities
The neighbouring cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul between them offer an exciting arts and music scene, exceptional shopping, award-winning restaurants, wineries and craft breweries. Outdoor enthusiasts find plenty to do – even when temperatures dip, the variety of fun outdoor adventures does not! Sports fans cheer on their favourite teams year-around, and there's not a weekend goes by without a cultural event or special activity going on somewhere.
Voyageurs National Park
Experience the life of a voyageur, the French-Canadian fur traders who once travelled through this region when you navigate a canoe through Voyageurs National Park. This water bound park is also popular with kayakers and fishermen, with most of its land area only accessible by boat. There are plenty of guided boat tours available including sunset and wildlife watching cruises. Here you can also see and touch rocks half as old as the world, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a boreal forest or catch a dazzling night sky.
If your favourite place is on the fairway, you’ll be spoilt for choice on Minnesota holidays, with over 500 courses to choose from, including the world renowned Brainerd Lakes Golf Trail and the Wilderness at Fortune Bay. The Ryder Cup is scheduled to arrive in the state in 2016 and will be held at the stunning Hazeltine National Golf Club.
Each May, Bob Dylan fans make their way to his home town of Hibbing to mark Dylan Days. This four-day event includes song writing contests, artists’ demonstrations and concerts. For country music enthusiasts, WE Fest in Detroit Lakes is one of America’s largest outdoor country music festivals. And for fans of Irish dancing, St Paul’s Irish Day of Dance in March features local schools of Irish dance, music and food.
Mall of America
This is the big one, the largest indoor shopping centre in the USA with more than 500 stores to tempt you (including a huge Lego shop) in a retail area covering a staggering 2,500,000 sq ft. There are also the usual extras like food courts, cinemas, an aquarium and of course, an indoor theme park, so the kids will love it here too!