If you’re looking for places to go in Minnesota, the best way to start is with a bucket list of MN’s most popular and beautiful attractions. And if you live here long enough, these 31 places will be just the tip of the iceberg. From waterfalls to historic houses, here are the places that nobody can afford to miss in Minnesota. Let’s get exploring!
1. Minnehaha Falls
A peaceful getaway in the backyard of the Twin Cities.
2. Glensheen Mansion
The most visited historic home in Minnesota, Glensheen Mansion sits on gorgeous Lake Superior, surrounded by amazing gardens. Though it may be beautiful, it has a dark past; the home was the site of double homicide in 1977.
3. Gooseberry Falls
Our favorite and most scenic falls with 3 levels of gushing water.
4. Devil's Kettle
Minnesota's most mysterious natural wonder, Devil's Kettle is where half of the Brule River disappears, and never shows up again where we can see it. It astonishes visitors time and time again, and is one of MN's most beautiful falls to boot.
5. Itasca State Park
The headwaters of the Mississippi are not only beautiful, but easily accessible via a quick hike.
6. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Probably the MOST photographed place in MN, Split Rock Lighthouse defines our stunning North Shore.
Feel connected to the land and history. This is too amazing to skip.
8. Canal Park
The beautiful neighborhood, lakewalk, and Duluth's aerial lift bridge make this one of the most picturesque landmarks in MN.
9. Voyageurs National Park
Voyageurs National Park is unlike any other in that its campsites and interior are accessible only by water. This park provides one of the only remaining true wilderness experiences, where you can enjoy the beauty of America’s land without human interference.
10. Superior Hiking Trail
Consistently regarded as one of the best trails in the country, you can't miss a single mile of this northern adventure.
11. St. Croix River Dalles
The St. Croix River is where you'll find some of the most spectacular geological features in MN, from glacial potholes to the scenic cliffs where we can count the lava flows and prove that MN indeed was once an ocean state.
12. Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
The oldest public wildflower garden in the US, located in Theodore Wirth Park.
13. Oberg Mountain Loop
Off the Superior Hiking Trail, this loop has unforgettable views of Lake Superior, Oberg Lake and Moose Mountain.
14. Boundary Waters Canoe Area
The most expansive canoeing area full of phenomenal lakes and streams, the BWCA is one of the most calming places in the country, and a famous US destination for true adventurers.
15. Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
These gardens are a magnificent blend of man-made beauty and nature’s finest work.
16. Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway
An easy bike ride for anyone provides some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and connects the best parks, lakes, and the Mississippi.
17. Soudan Underground Mine State Park
One of Minnesota's most fascinating places, the mine on northern Minnesota's Vermilion Range is the oldest and deepest in MN. The mine's lowest level, the 27th, is 2,341 feet below ground.
18. Niagara Cave
Near Harmony, discover the depths of Niagara cave, one the Midwest's largest caves, with fossils, a waterfall, and even a wedding chapel. The beautiful water-sculpted passageways make for a truly one-of-a-kind walk.
19. Walker Art Center & Sculpture Garden
World class art and a one-of-a-kind sculpture garden.
20. Capitol Building in Saint Paul
When you get to St. Paul, you can actually call 877-411-4123 for an over the phone History on the Spot Walking Tour! Talk about hi-tech!
21. First Ave 7th Street Entry
Easily the best and most legendary music venue in the state.
22. Como Zoo
Free access to lions, tigers, and now POLAR BEARS! Oh my!
23. National Eagle Center
Visit Wabasha for the daily programs with the eagles.
24. International Wolf Center
Head up to Ely to see these stunning animals.
25. Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
A day of adorable bears and amazing scenery.
26. Saint Paul Winter Carnival
The best winter event of the year in Saint Paul has been happening since 1886!
27. Renaissance Festival
The amazing entertainment makes this a can’t miss every year!
28. Stone Arch Bridge
The views of downtown Minneapolis and the Stone Arch Bridge are some of the most photographed in MN and highlight the beautiful historic and modern sides of the Twin Cities.
29. Hermann Heights Monument
View small town MN from this famous monument in New Ulm.
30. James J. Hill House
Learn about the life and home of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway!
31. Mayowood Mansion
Designed by Dr. Charles H. Mayo of the Mayo Clinic, this amazing mansion and the surrounding gardens are full of historic charm.
Have you been to any of these places? Which are you most looking forward to checking out.