Minnesota's Best Vacation Ideas

Places To Go

Choose a romantic getaway along the Mississippi River, a fall color trip to Lake Superior, or a sports weekend in Minneapolis.  This listing of special vacation spots will give you ideas for where to go, what to do and sights to see along the way.  

We've even included local event calendars to make your travel plans easy.

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Welcome to Red Wing!

Red Wing
651-385-5934

www.redwing.org

Welcome to one of the most unique and charming places to visit along the Mississippi River. From our beautiful bluffs, abundance of outdoor activities, historic sites and world famous boots and pottery, Red Wing offers a one-of-a-kind getaway. Whether you choose to hike Barn Bluff, bike the Cannon Valley Trail, picnic on Memorial Bluff, visit our wineries and brewery, play golf, dine in our restaurants, or shop in one of our many locally owned antique stores, art galleries or boutique shops, you're sure to enjoy your visit. Treat yourself to a getaway and be surrounded by natural beauty, historic sites and unique small town character.

Red Wing Calendar of Events

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The Walleye Capital of the World!

Lake of the Woods
800-382-3474

www.LakeoftheWoods.com

Lake of the Woods offers some of the best year round fishing you can find. You can find Walleye, Northern Pike, Sturgeon, Sauger, Perch and lots more. Sign up for our fishing report and newsletter.

Lake of the Woods Calendar

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Where Lake and Fun Begin.

Willmar Lakes Area 

1-800-845-8747  ext.83

www.willmarlakesarea.com

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Find Your Next Adventure

Our Bike/Hike Guide available on our website.
HaveFunBiking.com

We're your premier source for guides to Minnesota and Wisconsin bicycling and hiking. Whether just getting started riding, looking for long road bike rides, or great mountain bike trails, you can find it here. Let's HaveFunBiking!   

HaveFunBiking Event Calendar

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Planning a trip to Minneapolis – Saint Paul?   Stay in the ‘Gateway!

Twin Cities Gateway Communities include...
Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, New Brighton, and Shoreview.

www.tcgateway.com 

Conveniently located just minutes from downtown Minneapolis or downtown Saint Paul, all major attractions, shopping, entertainment and dining, Twin Cities Gateway offers everything you need.

TwinCities Gateway Meeting and Events Calendar

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The votes are in...America Loves Cook County.

Lutsen. Tofte. Schroeder. Grand Marais. Gunflint Trail. Grand Portage.
218-387-2788
VisitCookCounty.com 

Life is bigger here in Cook County, MN along legendary Highway 61. Here in the tip of Minnesota’s Arrowhead, amidst the north shore of Lake Superior and the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), you can go bigger, play harder and relax better than anywhere else in the Midwest.

Visit Cook County Calendar

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Where the Midwest Comes to Play

Shakopee
800-574-2150 

www.visitShakopee.org

Home of ValleyFair, Raceway Park, Caterbury Park and much, much more. Visit our website to search and book your lodging.

Shakopee Event Calendar

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Experience Burnsville

Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau
800-521-6055

www.burnsvillemn.com

Be the first in line when gates open for Minnesota's biggest attractions. Affordable and comfortable hotels, free parking and friendly people are waiting to usher you in. Just minutes south of the Twin Cites.

Burnsville Event Calendar

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So Close to Minneapolis we share a zip code.

Discover St. Louis Park
952.426.4047 

www.discoverstlouispark.com

We're just minutes from downtown Minneapolis. the chain of lakes, sports venues, bike trails, the arts and our area's many natural wonders. Our hotel's offer all the perks of downtown plus free parking.  

St. Louis Park Event Calendar

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Minnesota's Playground

VisitBrainerd.com

Explore the Brainerd Lakes area, Minnesota's most famous natural playground. The Brainerd area offers miles of the best bike trails, prestigious Minnesota Golf Courses, and so much more!!

Brainerd's Event Calendar
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We're home to Mall of America and a whole lot more

Bloomington Convention & Visitor's Bureau
800.346.4289

www.bloomingtonmn.org

Why stay here?  Explore everywhere. With over 8,200 hotel rooms just minutes from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the airport, it's easy to find the perfect room at Bloomington's 38 hotels - with free shuttle service to the airport and Mall of America. 

Looking for ways to save? Check out THE BIG TICKET™, our three-day bundled pass where you can save up to 30% on top Twin Cities and Bloomington, MN attractions with added Mall of America® discounts.

Bloomington Activities and Attractions

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Smiles are Free!!

Minneapolis Northwest Convention & Visitors Bureau

Savvy shopping sprees. Pedaling through nature. Catching home run balls. And winding down waterslides will make the entire family smile. The Minneapolis Northwest area is handing out free smiles all year long.  

For more information, discounts & events. Visit travelmnw.com

Minneapolis Northwest Event Calendar

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The Historic Birthplace of Minnesota

Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitor's Bureau

651-351-1717

www.DiscoverStillwater.com

Nestled in the bluffs of the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Stillwater is rich in beauty and historic architecture in the once lumber capital of the nation. Only minutes from the Twin Cites, this thriving tourism city hosts fantastic boutiques, antiques, local art, outdoor adventure, night life, unique experiences, culinary tours & shops, restaurants, festivals breweries, wineries, and distinct lodging properties. With year-round attractions and over 20 venues, Stillwater is an inspiring and popular Midwest destination for weddings, meetings, and group travelers. 

Stillwater Event Calendar

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Experience Lake Superior

Two Harbors Chamber

www.twoharborschamber.com

Visit our website to connect with area hotels that whatever lodging you can think from campground to bed & breakfast to well appointed lake homes.  We'll make your visit the experience you deserve. 

Two Harbors Event Calendar

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Owatonna
800-423-6466

Sure, you know we have Cabela's in Owatonna.  But did you know that we also have the Medford Outlets, the RAD Zoo, the River Springs Waterpark and the State School Orphanage Museum. It's time to explore the rest! Let's talk! 

Owatonna Event Calendar

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Save on your Twin Cities Getaway!

Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau
866-324-2620

eaganmn.com

Score FREE Tickets to Valleyfair, Nickelodeon Universe, the Minnesota Zoo and More with Eagan's Pick your Package!   Receive 2 free Valleyfair tickets with an Eagan hotel stay (Limited Time Offer!)

Eagan Event Calendar

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More to Explore!!

Southern Minnesota
888-868-7476  ext. 174

www.exploresouthernminnesota.com

Scenic Byways, festivals, lakes, resorts, casinos, parks, trails, historic sites, caves, bluffs, waterfalls and more!  Get your FREE visitors guide today!

Southern Minnesota Event Calendar

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Explore Saint Paul's River Life and City Limits

VisitSaintPaul.com

From beer and baseball to biking and B&Bs, your next vacation is just a click away.

Visit Saint Paul Events Calendar

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The vacation you will never forgot.

Mille Lacs Tourism
888.350.2692 

www.millelacs.com

The Mille Lacs area is the place to go for fishing, shopping, family getaways, golf and some of the state's best trails. Just 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities.  Visit our website to plan your next trip.

Mille Lacs Event Calendar

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Take a quick jaunt to central Minnesota's gem.

www.explorealex.com

Discover a place where the theatre of seasons lays out generous landscape, flowing blue waters amongst a variety of shopping and dining experiences.

Alexandria Events Calendar

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Grand Rapids. It's in Minnesota's Nature

VisitGrandRapids.com

Grand Rapids renowned fishing lakes and beautiful forests provide the perfect backdrop for your next family vacation, reunion, romantic getaway or corporate event.

Grand Rapids Event Calendar

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Visit the Land of Legendary Woods & Waters

877.250.5959

www.VisitBemidji.com

Boat and fish on over 1,100 sky blue lakes of Bemidji area. Stand where the Mississippi River begins its journey. Visit the historic statues of Paul and Babe. Enjoy artisans, festivals an event center and more!

Bemidji Event Calendar

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South Minneapolis is the place for fun!

South Minneapolis 
800-323-2620 

www.minneapolissouth.com

Enjoy incredibly affordable hotel rates, free parking and plenty of money-svaing coupons. Call today for your FREE VACATION GUIDE.  Burnsville. Eagan. Inver Grove Heights. Lakeville.

South Minneapolis Event Calendar