Minnesota Vacation Ideas

Minnesota Vacation Ideas #1: Hiking enthusiasts looking for vacation ideas in Minnesota will love the Superior Hiking Trail. This trail is over 200 miles long, well-marked and is considered one of the top hiking trails in the United States. It follows the Sawtooth Mountain ridgeline along Lake Superior, providing hikers with incredible views of forest, lake, waterfalls and rivers.

Superior Hiking Trail has 30 access points, about as many campsites and seven State Parks. This makes it easy to plan a hike that suites your own individual needs. There are a variety of lodges available and lodge-to-lodge hiking trips can be arranged through Boundary Country Trekking.

Minnesota Vacation Ideas #2: The North Shore Scenic Railroad, in Duluth, offers a variety of train trips to satisfy the rail fan in everyone!

Ride the train along the shores of Lake Superior, through wooded and residential areas, and over seven scenic bridges to Two Harbors.

Other trips include Pizza Trains, Dinner Trains, Fall Colors Tours, and other special events.

The Lake Superior Railroad Museum displays various types of locomotives and other rail equipment.

Minnesota Vacation Ideas #3: The Mall of America, in Bloomington, has enough shopping and entertainment to keep you occupied for a long time.

This is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the country and it houses 520 specialty stores.

There are over 50 restaurants, 7 nightclubs, and 14 movie theaters. Other exciting attractions include UnderWater World's 1.2 million gallon aquarium, an 18-hole miniature golf adventure, and a full-service Bodyline Mediterranean Spa to name just a few.

Minnesota Vacation Ideas #4: If you like to gamble, Minnesota has a number of casinos. Some of them are Grand Casino Hinckley, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Mystic Lake Casino, White Oak Casino, Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls and Treasure Island. All of Minnesota's legal casinos are located on Indian reservations. Mechanical slot machines are illegal so you will only find the electronic variety. Typically all the casinos offer video slots, video poker, video keno and blackjack.

Minnesota Vacation Ideas #5: Canadian Border Outfitters can customize a wilderness canoe trip vacation for you. They are located on Moose Lake in Ely, Minnesota. The paddling adventures and fishing trips they set up for you are in Canada's Quetico Park and the US Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This is over 2 million acres of pristine woods and waterways. Canadian Border Outfitters has been arranging these adventure vacations for years and they have generations of family members returning for their more.

#6: Valley Fair Amusement Park is a huge theme park in Shakopee, Minnesota. They have over 90 acres of exhilarating rides and attractions for your entertainment on your family vacation. This includes thrilling roller coaster rides and 3.5 acres of wet and wild fun at Whitewater Country Waterpark. The waterark has another roller coaster, The Renegade.

Their Power Tower takes you up to the top of three towers and drops you 250 feet down in a gravity defying rush of excitement. They also have plenty of rides for the smaller family members such as The Foam Ball Factory, Busy Boats and the Bumble Bee.

Minnesota Vacation Ideas #7: It would be hard to find a more German city than Minnesota's New Ulm. This scenic, charming and friendly city of 13,500 is located in the center of beautiful Minnesota River valley. New Ulm makes a good family vacation destination. The city has wide streets, classic architecture and plenty of Bavarian style shops and restaurants. The local German culture is everywhere and is featured in the many festivals and cultural events that the city holds throughout the year.

The German-American August Schell Brewery is open for tours of the brewery, gardens and deer park. The 1006-acre Flandrau State Park is located in the city and is an excellent place for family vacation activities like swimming, canoeing, tubing and fishing. The New Ulm Bike Trail follows a path through the city which is secluded and a natural habitat for deer, rabbits and a variety of birds.

Minnesota Vacation Ideas #8: My favorite place to vacation is Red Wing, Minnesota. This is an older town and with a lot of history. Red Wing is a very small town, but lots of options to keep you busy. Red wing is located on the mighty Mississippi with lots of pathways to walk along the river. You can watch huge boats run up down the river all day. You will see huge shipping boats to small fishing boats. It is amazing to see these huge shipping boats navigate down the narrow channels of the Mississippi.

There are also many restaurants, shops, and other trails to see. My favorite is eating at all the different restaurants available. If you are in average shape there is a big hill that overlooks the city and the Mississippi. It is about an hour hike up the hill, but the view is worth it. If you’re around Minnesota, I recommend stopping in Red Wing. - By Alex from Wisconsin

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