Welcome to Minnesota
From the headwaters of the Mississippi to wilderness lakes, from Lake Superior to picturesque cities and towns, "there's more to explore in Minnesota." There is truly something for every RVer.
The Northwest region is home to Minnesota's largest lakes and headwaters of the Mississippi River. Attractive towns offer specialty shops, art galleries, and "Up North" finds. Several towns are surrounded by clusters of lakes, with family resorts and campgrounds along their shores.
The Mississippi begins as a small stream at Lake Itasca then passes through two lakes, Cass and Winnibogoshish. Also in this area are Red Lake, the biggest within the state, Leech, Minnesota's third largest lake, and an abundance of smaller lakes.
The Red River flows north along the far northwest border of Minnesota, through a fertile agricultural region. Fargo-Moorhead and Grand Forks-East Grand Forks are the cultural and commercial centers of the valley.
If you love to combine RVing with outdoor adventures, you'll love Northeast Minnesota. Tour the Tower Soudan Underground Mine, the Hill Annex Mine, and the Minnesota Discovery Center at Chisholm. View Hull Rust Mine in Hibbing and the "Mineview in the Sky" overlook at Virginia. Located on Lake Superior the harbor city of Duluth is the starting point of the North Shore Scenic Drive, an All-American Road. At Two Harbors, an 1892 lighthouse and old tugboat relive history on the big lake. Other highlights include Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls. Tour the North West Company Fur Post at Pine City, the Hinckley Fire Museum, and Agate and Geological Center at Moose Lake State Park. Ely is home to the International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center.
Retreating glaciers left hills and lakes in their wake. Mille Lacs Lake is a year-round fishing paradise.
Step back into history at many interesting museums. Classic old wooden boats are featured at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria. At the Kensington Runestone Museum, learn about the Vikings many believe explored this area.
The Lake Wobegon Trail explores the peaceful countryside between Sauk Centre and St. Joseph. Learn about novelist Sinclair Lewis at sites in Sauk Centre. Experience 1850s farm life at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River and learn about granite quarries and stone cutting at the Stearns History Museum. Visit Munsinger and Clemens Gardens along the Mississippi River in St. Cloud. Tour the childhood home of aviator Charles Lindbergh at Little Falls, a river town with colorful murals.
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul
The Twin Cities area of Minneapolis Saint Paul is cosmopolitan at its heart and small town along its perimeter. The Mississippi, Minnesota, and St. Croix rivers pass through the region, winding through smaller towns with quaint streets and fascinating history.
With 22 lakes and miles of parkways, Minneapolis emphasizes its natural beauty. In contrast, the downtown area features a contemporary skyline, trendy restaurants, night clubs, theaters, and sports stadiums.
Saint Paul has the ambiance of a historic river town with traditional architecture, and a newly restored riverfront along the Mississippi River. Tour the Science Museum of Minnesota, historic Landmark Center, and the Minnesota State Capitol.
On the eastern edge of the Twin Cities area is the beautiful St. Croix River Valley. The grand-daddy of malls—Mall of America in Bloomington is the largest retail and entertainment center in the country, with an indoor amusement park and aquarium. Apple Valley is home to the nationally acclaimed Minnesota Zoo, and an adjacent IMAX theater. Explore a cattail marsh in the middle of the city at Woodlake Nature Center in Richfield. A cluster of attractions in Shakopee include Valleyfair Family Amusement Park, The Landing, a 1800s living history village, and the Renaissance Festival.
The Mississippi River and many small, quiet streams wind their way through scenic valleys nestled among tall, wooded bluffs. The Minnesota River wanders past rich farmland and through towns steeped in history. Several sites, including the Lower Sioux Agency, tell the story of the Dakota Indians who lived here, the pioneers who settled here, and the tragic conflict between the two communities.
True to its German heritage, the city of New Ulm has a glockenspiel musical clock tower, Schell's Brewery, German festivals, craft shops, and restaurants. Visit the National Eagle Center at Wabasha. Winona has become an arts town with the Great River Shakespeare Festival, the Minnesota Beethoven Festival and the Minnesota Maritime Art Museum.
Quarries at the Pipestone National Monument are still the source of the soft, red stone used to carve ceremonial pipes by several Indian tribes.
The pioneer childhood of author Laura Ingalls Wilder is part of the heritage of tiny Walnut Grove; frontier life is also portrayed at Noble County Pioneer Village in Worthington. Boat excursions tour the lake at Albert Lea, also home to a village of pioneer-era buildings. At Blue Earth, the Jolly Green Giant stands tall at 55-feet. The free SPAM Museum in Austin is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of spiced pork artifacts.