Minnesota Top 10 Attractions

One of the best ways to relieve stress is to uproot from your office desk and take the entire family to a fun-filled vacation. Not sure of where to go? Why not try visiting the beautiful state of Minnesota? Minnesota offers your family a vacation that you will surely remember for a long time. Here are the top 10 attractions that you should check out while you are vacationing in Minnesota:

1: Mall of America

Mall of America
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Naming a mall the “Mall of America” comes with some pretty lofty expectations. But even skeptics can admit that the Mall of America lives up to the hype. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America has been a leading retail and entertainment venue since 1992. It’s home to 400 stores and hundreds of events each year. It’s also earned a reputation as being one of the go to kids destinations in Minnesota. Kids can spend their days at the full-scale theme park Nickelodeon Universe or head to the ocean with a trip to Sea Life Aquarium. One thing is for sure: there are no dull days at the Mall of America.

Address: 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

2: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

From tigers, elephants, monkeys, polar bears and giraffes to birds, fish and insects, you can get up close and personal with all these exotic animals at Minnesota's Como Park Zoo. You can also sign up for some interesting classes and group activities that will help you learn more about conserving animals and plants at the Conservatory.

Address: 1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103

3: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Greg Walters

Imagine the perfect campsite. It probably has expansive lakes, thick forest, and rolling hills. That’s what you’ll find at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This preserved area of northeastern Minnesota includes over 1,000,000-acres of wilderness. It’s part of the Superior National Forest and gets over 100,000 visitors each year. The campers dream park includes over 1200 miles of canoeing opportunities, isolated hiking trails, and countless campsites. It’s even home to numerous vacant islands that are accessible via boat. You can experience the best of Minnesota’s outdoors regardless of the time of year. During the winter, it’s a treasure trove for long-distance skiing and ice fishing.

Address: Duluth, MN 55808
Website: www.fs.usda.gov

4: Cathedral of Saint Paul

Cathedral of Saint Paul

Perched on Cathedral Hill overlooking the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, this is a cathedral that is unique and very distinctive in terms of its design and appearance. Dating back to the early 1900s, this is a great place to visit if you are into history and architecture as you will be able to explore both when you come here. You can learn more about parish life at the cathedral as well as taking in the National Shrine of Paul the Apostle. You will be fascinated to learn about the history of the cathedral and you can take some time to take in the arts as part of a group tour of the building.

Address: 239 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

5: North Shore Scenic Drive

North Shore Scenic Drive
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Pete Markham

Anyone that loves being on the road and taking in unadulterated natural beauty will find that Minnesota’s North Shore Scenic Drive is the perfect choice. When you take this drive you will head from Canal Park in Duluth through incredibly beautiful surroundings with breathtaking scenery comprising everything from towering cliffs to crystal clear waters, mountains, and rolling greenery. There are also many different trails so you can make a stop and really get to one with nature as you immerse yourself in these awe-inspiring surroundings.

Address: N Shore Dr, Duluth, MN 55804

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