Explore: Bloomington, Minnesota
Bloomington is Home of Mall of America, located adjacent to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and minutes from both the Minneapolis and St. Paul downtown.
Bloomington’s central location allows you to explore a variety of events and attractions throughout the Twin Cities quickly and easily. The convenient light rail will connect you to the airport, Mall of America® and downtown Minneapolis. And, with over 40 hotels to choose from, all offering complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and Mall of America, you will have the time of your life finding out what “Minnesota Nice” is all about!
The Mall of America, with its 520 shops, is a major attraction for anyone visiting Minnesota. Located in suburban Bloomington only five minutes from Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, the mall, where clothes and shoes are free of sales tax, includes familiar names such as Banana Republic, GAP and Nike as well as the likes of Hollister, Rockport and Victoria’s Secret and many, many more. There’s also an indoor theme park, an aquarium, cinemas, a huge variety of regular events.
Alive with energy and rich in diversity, Bloomington is a dynamic mix of first-class attractions, vibrant restaurants and kid-friendly hotels. Whether you’re interested in an exhilarating walk in a wildlife refuge or an energizing day filled with attraction hopping, they’ve got you covered!
Bloomington’s most surprising attraction is the hiking and nature trails of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Its 14,000 acres of protected habitat make it the nation’s largest national wildlife refuge located within a major metropolitan area. Stroll along the winding paths, cross-country ski, bike, hike, watch migrating birds or just relax on one of the many benches in the area and enjoy the pristine wilderness.
To learn more visit: bloomingtonmn.org
From the gigantic Mall of America – the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the US – to the stores on Chicago’s tree-lined Magnificent Mile, from outlet centres with terrific prices to hip shops with unique clothes, the Great Lakes states are a paradise for shoppers.
The Great Lakes region offers a great selection of trip ideas. You can preplan your routes, have a a look at our suggested itineraries, or be spontaneous and free and just jump into the car and venture out to – a winery, a sandy beach, a cosy bed and breakfast, a secluded trail – the choice is yours.
Festival time in the Great Lakes states means decision time for visitors – because there are so many to choose from.
Soaring skyscrapers and roaring motorbikes, the US’s largest shopping and entertainment centre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the home of Abraham Lincoln, America’s most-famous president, and the music of Motown – they’re just some of the great attractions the Great Lakes states have to offer.
Whether you are planning a golf trip to an isolated gem in the wilderness or just want a quality round while traveling on a business trip then the Great Lakes has them all.
Fancy a wander through some terrific scenery in Illinois? Then, head for the Starved Rock State Park in Utica, which overlooks the Illinois River and has rushing waterfalls, towering trees and awe-inspiring canyons. Two million visitors a year explore its scenic trails and enjoy the panoramic views from tall bluffs.