Experience for yourself why Minnesota is known as a land blessed by Mother Nature.
Today, Minnesota is still known for its breathtaking wilderness. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound with Voyageurs National Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 66 state parks, 58 state forests and two national forests. Two national monuments, Grand Portage on the Canadian border and Pipestone National Monument in southwestern Minnesota.
At the centre of the state is Minneapolis/Saint Paul – an international gateway with theatres, galleries and museums; this is a cultural hotspot with a national and global influence. For the sports lover the cities boast some leading sports teams including the Minnesota Twins baseball, the Timberwolves basketball, the Wild hockey and the Vikings football teams.
The ultimate shopping paradise can be found at Mall of America, with further brand names being featured at the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis and trendy boutiques located on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul. Located just five minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in Bloomington, Mall of America features more than 500 stores, an aquarium, themed restaurants, movie theatres and even an indoor amusement park…Nickelodeon Universe! And let’s not forget clothing and shoes are tax free in Minnesota!
Minnesota visitors delight in the diverse attractions offered throughout the state. Cruise on a riverboat, canoe in an unspoiled wilderness, attend a world-class concert or enjoy water sports or golf at a northwoods resort. Experience for yourself why Minnesota is known as a land blessed by Mother Nature.
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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.