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Also known as the North Star State, Minnesota has 'Land of 10,000
Lakes' on it's license plates.
The state capital of Minnesota is St. Paul.
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Saint Paul is twinned with Minneapolis, across the Mississippi.
The Twin Cities are often referred together as Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Saint Paul is the slightly older of the two cities; founded as a
settlement near Fort Snelling, on the east side of the curving Mississippi.
Summit Avenue stretches from the Mississippi to the capitol and has
many Victorian houses attributed to railroad money.
St. Paul's Cathedral, overlooking the capitol, is a scaled down
version of St Peter's in Rome.
The Twin Cities have an abundance of theatres and galleries, and
thousands of lakes in the metropolitan area. There are many open-air performances in the
summer, so why not sit on the grass and have a lakeside picnic.
Accommodation in Saint Paul
in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Minneapolis is a transport, hub with the Minneapolis-St Paul
International Airport south of the city.
With so many lakes around Minneapolis, water city, it makes sense to
hire a bike and explore some of them.
On the Mississippi itself you can visit St Anthony Falls and Upper
Locks. Further downstream, Minnehaha Park affords a view of Minnehaha Falls.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Centre are two of
the county's leading galleries.
Accommodation in Minneapolis
in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Minnesota is named after the Minnesota River; a Sioux
phrase for cloudy water.
States neighbouring Minnesota are: Wisconsin,
Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota. Minnesota also borders Canada.
Officially, there are 11,842 lakes in Minnesota, of 10 acres or larger in size. Add to
these all the small lakes and the actual number of lakes in Minnesota is much higher. The
largest lake within the state of Minnesota is Red Lake, in the north.
The Lake Finder contains data for more than 4,500 lakes and rivers throughout Minnesota,
including: lake surveys, lake depth maps, lake water quality data and lake water clarity
data (from the Pollution Control Agency), satellite-based water clarity information (from
the University of Minnesota), lake notes, and fish consumption advice (from the Department
Minnesota also has shores on Lake Superior, in the north-east; and
Lake of the Woods, along the border with Canada.
Like four states within a state, Minnesotas regions have their own individual charm,
geography and assortment of adventures.
Duluth shares a harbour, at the head of the Great Lakes system,
with Superior in Wisconsin. The Great Lakes are linked to the
Atlantic Ocean by the St Lawrence Seaway.
It gets mighty cold up here in winter, but in the milder months it
becomes something of a tourist gateway to the wilderness of northern Minnesota.
Accommodation in Duluth
in Duluth, Minnesota.
Voyageurs National Park
Named after the French-Canadian fur traders who travelled through the
region by boat, you are invited to do the same.
the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park
With more than 30 lakes here you are advised to get out of the car and take to the paddle.
Many fish in these waters contain mercury though, so forget the rod and line.
Itasca State Park is 20 miles north of Park Rapids or 38 miles
south of Bemidji, on U.S. Hwy 71.
Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park. The park totals more than
32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the log craftsmanship and stonework
make the structure an outstanding example of early twentieth century rustic architecture.
The hostel is on the main park drive, approximately 4 miles north of the east/south
entrance contact station.
Lake Bemidji State
Approximately 230 miles from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. The park is located in
Beltrami County in the North Central West Tourism Region, about 5 miles north of Bemidji.
From world renowned statues and architecture listed on the National Register of Historic
Places, to ancient earth mounds and burial grounds, the past takes an interesting turn in
Ten miles outside of Minneapolis is the Mall of America, the
largest retail and entertainment complex in the United States.
This monument to consumerism has become a tourist attraction in its
own right. No entrance fee, but you'll probably spend when you're there all the same.
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