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Welcome to Minnesota

Minnesota isn’t kidding around when it comes to epic outdoor adventures. Home to 11,842 lakes, 76 state parks and the only water-based national park in America, the Land of 10,000 Lakes far surpasses the expectations of hikers, boaters, anglers and snow sports enthusiasts.

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Let loose in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul pack in enough history, entertainment and culture to satisfy the most jaded city slicker. St. Paul’s Fort Snelling and its Victorian buildings will take you back to frontier times, while Minneapolis will have you swooning over masterpieces at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Weisman Art Museum. Don’t leave without taking advantage of tax-free shopping on clothing at the Mall of America, the largest shopping center in the country. Prince fans can also visit the legendary artist’s former estate at Paisley Park.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Not many states give you the opportunity to view some of North America’s fiercest predators in a natural setting. Located 85 miles southeast of Minneapolis, the National Eagle Center invites you to watch live eagle performances and join an eagle-viewing trip in the wild. In Superior National Forest, stop by the International Wolf Center to meet its resident pack and learn about wolves through interactive displays and naturalist-guided programs. Afterward, head to the nearby North American Bear Center to view black bears in a 2.5-acre natural forest.

Canoer on Kekekabic Lake in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota

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