Top 10 Places to Visit in Minnesota • Thumbwind

Minnesota is called the Ten Thousand Lakes State. And it’s true! And if you dig deeper into the statistics, you will find that there are not even ten thousand lakes, but twelve thousand. Based on these and other parameters, the federal state is the state with the best quality of life and the healthiest according to national expertise. But it’s not just the beauty of the lakes that makes Minnesota famous. Must-visit Minnesota attractions include great fishing and hunting, canoeing and rafting, top-rated US biking trails, and skiing—these are just a few reasons travelers from around the world flock to Minnesota.

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Spoonbridge and Cherry – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Of all the attractions in Minnesota, Minneapolis is a theater-goer’s paradise: the city is second only to New York City in terms of the number of theater seats. Unsurprisingly, the main festival is theatre-related. Every year the state hosts the fringe theater festival. The Minnesota Fringe Festival has expanded from 52 shows in 1994 to 720 performances from over 142 shows prior to the onset of the pandemic in 2019. So, if you’re lucky enough to arrive in Minnesota during the first two weeks of August, you can catch one or more young children’s drama, dance, musical, and puppet shows.

Although St. Paul is the capital, Minneapolis is the most famous city in Minnesota. Are you interested in art? Visit exhibitions in art institute, see works by Picasso and Henry Moore at the Walker Art Center or visit the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art Culture. Minneapolis cityscapes are high-rises reaching for the sky and wide avenues broken by a network of skywalks.

The student atmosphere in Dinkeytown

Black and brown train near the building during the night
Light rail near Dinkey Town, Minneapolis – Photo by Josh Hild

The capital of Minnesota is St. Paul. The great capital resembles a European settlement: the same streets and the same late Victorian buildings. Much of the city is dominated by the University of Minnesota where you will find the student center and neighborhood Dinkeytown irresistible.

Dinkytown meanders through the University of Minnesota Campus, directly across the river from downtown Minneapolis. As well as serving as a bustling hub of student life, Dinkytown has a rich history that has left the neighborhood with old historic buildings, quirky shops and even a thriving live music scene that still exists today. Dinkytown is a Minneapolis gem not to be missed for its reasonably priced cuisine and eccentric bars/social spots.

Mall of America

Are you a real shopaholic? Then we know how to convince you. The Mall of America is one of the largest shopping malls in the world. It’s not far from Minnesota’s capital, near Bloomington. This is where you will find over forty million people passing through every year. And every fourth of them is a traveller. So go to the mall with family, friends or alone – there is something for everyone. In addition to five hundred shops, the Mall of America has no fewer than twenty restaurants, an amusement park with around four hundred trees and an oceanarium with sharks.

Voyageurs National Park

Early morning canoeing at Voyageurs National Park Photo by Tim Umphreys

The northern part of the state is home to the Voyageurs National Park. This national park was established in 1971. Water areas occupy a third of the vast territory of the park. You are truly mesmerized by the views of shallow lakes dotted with rocky islands! Camp or stay at a Rainy Lakehouse, rent a mini-boat, or explore the expanse in a speedboat, canoe, or seaplane. You can see eagles, loons, deer and moose. Also, find out about a tour of the famous Kettle Falls. You can even go there with the kids.

North Shore of Lake Superior

Today, one of the largest waterfalls in the country lies on the north shore of Lake Superior. Drive north from Duluth along Route 61 along the coast. The area is home to unique natural attractions. The main attraction of these places are the numerous state parks along Lake Superior. According to some research, it is a preserved part of a once colossal sea. It is the largest and deepest in the Great Lakes system, and Lake Superior is also the largest freshwater lake in the world.

There is another theory about the origin of the unique lake, which most modern scientists follow. It could have formed in a basin left by a huge glacier. The latter, in turn, completely melted during the eruption. The beautiful lake has many unique features that point to its unusual origins. The water in the lake is always ice cold. Even in midsummer it doesn’t get warmer than 4 degrees Celsius. In winter, however, Lake Superior never freezes, so storms are constant. Despite these peculiarities, the lake is rich in fish and is home to rare species of sturgeon and trout.

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park on Lake Superior’s north shore is a great place to visit on a trip to Minnesota. The park is worth a visit any time of the year, as it offers a great cross-country ski trail system in winter, beautiful colors in fall, and many hiking trails in summer. But perhaps spring is when Gooseberry Falls State Park is at its most beautiful, as that’s when its falls are at their fullest and most powerful. The park is located near Duluth and not far from Highway 61.

Itasca State Park

Minnesota’s oldest state park, Itasca State Park is undoubtedly one of the best in the state. The historic Douglas cabin or lodges offer the opportunity to sleep under the stars, with the 2,000-acre nature reserve, one of seven national natural landmarks in Minnesota and one of the many attractions worth visiting in the park. In addition, Itasca State Park offers people the opportunity to hike along the Mississippi River at the beginning of its extended, winding journey across America – a truly unique, unforgettable and unforgettable experience.

Silver Bay on the North Shore of Superior

Silver Bay is one of the most scenic spots in Minnesota, with its Shovel Point offering truly spectacular views. Scenic North Shore cruises are among the most popular activities on a trip to the city, and snowshoeing at George Crosby Manitou State Park should also be on the list of experiences to try while visiting. The Baptism River is perhaps the prettiest spot in Silver Bay, although it rivals hikes on the stunning Tetegush Trail.


Duluth, the second largest city on Lake Superior, is worth a visit for anyone traveling to Minnesota for the first time. The port city is home to America’s only freshwater aquarium, and Duluth is also home to the world’s longest freshwater bar. The Aerial Lift Bridge is a surprisingly attractive attraction when visiting Duluth, while the city makes a great jumping off point for a trip up Minnesota’s North Shore. The town itself is also home to popular attractions such as the Lake Superior and Glensche Seaside Visitor Center, the Historic Congdon Estate and the Leif Erickson Rose Park and Garden.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral, the national shrine of the Apostle Paul, commonly known as St. Paul’s Cathedral, is one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire state. The cathedral’s distinctive copper dome makes it one of the most recognizable cathedrals in the United States. The building, one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture, is comparable to the great cathedrals of Europe. The cathedral is normally open seven days a week – the cathedral is listed as a monument on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Favorite Minnesota food

Minnesota’s crowning dishes are hotdish casserole and a fish delicacy called lutefisk. To make lutefisk, dried fish is soaked in an alkaline soda solution for three days and then kept in water. The consistency of the fish becomes like jelly. Next, lutefisk is fried, boiled and heated in a microwave oven. Finally, serve the fish with mushy peas, boiled potatoes and bacon.

If you don’t want to try the gourmet lutefisk, consider another unique dish only found in Minnesota — Juicy Lucy, a specialty cheeseburger made from two patties with sizzling melted cheese sandwiched between them. And for the true conservatives, you can always find a spot of well-known cuisine in the state: Mexican restaurants, Vietnamese, Chinese and other Middle Eastern cuisines, burger joints, bakeries and, of course, coffee shops. Coffee is in high demand here: it is easy to find a place for a coffee break.

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