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Minnesota at a Glance

Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota offers travelers an endless array of entertainment, scenic views and good eats to satisfy the deepest need for travel inspiration.

If you love the outdoors and enjoy the unique views offered from changing seasons then Minnesota is a must-stop travel destination. In Northern Minnesota you'll find towns like Duluth, Brainerd, Lake of the Woods along with a variety of cabin resorts along the Gunflint Trail and in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). Here you can partake in a number of outdoor activities depending on the season from ice fishing and snowmobiling to kayaking, canoeing and hiking.

Minnesota offers a great mix of outdoor beauty and big-city entertainment as St. Paul, Minneapolis and the surrounding Twin Cities area is home to more than three million people. From the Mall of America and the Nickelodeon-themed indoor amusement park to historic mansions along Summit Avenue and the famous Jucy Lucy burger at Matt's Bar you'll have a variety of options for fun no matter where you are in the great state of Minnesota.

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Popular Places
  • Minneapolis Minneapolis
  • St. Paul St. Paul
  • Voyageurs National Park Voyageurs National Park
  • Duluth Duluth
  • North Shore North Shore
  • New Ulm New Ulm
  • Mille Lacs Mille Lacs
  • Red Wing Red Wing
  • Bloomington Bloomington
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport
  • Major Airport Duluth International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Minnesota has cold and snowy winters and hot summers. During the summer, severe thunderstorms may develop. Hail and lightening are common so seek shelter at the approach of a storm. Winter drivers should be extremely cautious during snow storms.

Safety Concerns Crime rates vary by region in Minnesota. Take steps to protect yourself and your property no matter where you travel.

Health Concerns Minnesota is a healthy state and has good drinking water. Take precautions to avoid getting sick such as hand washing and adequate sleep.

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