Across Minnesota: Regions
From the Central lakes to the Northwoods and Metro, the North Shore to the waving grasses on the Prairieland, the Red River Valley to Bluff Country – Minnesota's stories are as diverse as its regions.
Scenic vistas, cascading waterfalls, quaint art galleries and some of the best hiking in the state highlight a visit to the North Shore. The region's quickly becoming known as a culinary destination, and with relaxing resorts and numerous recreation options, you'll quickly fill a weekend.
Historic downtowns, rolling farmlands and lakeside resorts dot the landscape in the Red River Valley region. Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, historic riverfronts, historic pioneer villages, and the last Viking ship to sail the Atlantic are a few of the region's attractions.
Voyageurs National Park is the region's gem, but it's not all you'll see. Visit a historic or working iron ore mine, experience world-class fishing and golfing, or stay at Itasca State Park's Douglas Lodge. Step across the mouth of the Mississippi River, or visit the biggest bog in the country.
Grasses and pastel-colored wildflowers blow in the breeze for as far as your eye can see. See historic sites and state parks, rock climb or view a buffalo herd. Visit one of the state's National Monuments or historic petroglyphs in this region steeped in history.
Where Minnesota lakes meet farmland are some of the state's top resorts, along with numerous recreation, shopping and dining options. World class golf courses, fishing on one of the region's numerous lakes, wine tastings, and scenic bike trails are a few of the ways to enjoy this region.
Known for arts, cultural activities, dining and numerous parks and trails, the metro offers everything you want from a big city, with endless hidden gems that you'll want to explore.
Quaint river towns, bed and breakfasts, apple orchards and scenic drives make Minnesota's bluff country a destination not to miss. Tour a cave, visit the only county in Minnesota without a lake (which means fewer mosquitos!), sail Lake Pepin or watch Shakespeare in the park.
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