Family Adventures

Where To Go If You’re Planning a Trip To Minnesota

There are plenty of reasons to go to Minnesota, and if you’re planning a trip to the Midwestern state, it may be hard to narrow them all down.

It’s a diverse state with attractions ranging from world-class shopping to outdoor adventures.

You may be planning to rent an RV in St. Paul just as an example, and travel around the state, and if so below are some of the top things you should try to incorporate into your itinerary.

Mall of America

Located in Bloomington, there’s no way to mention a trip to Minnesota without talking about the Massive Mall of America.

This enormous mall in the suburbs of the Twin Cities is the largest mall in the U.S and the 12th largest in the world. It’s one of the most visited shopping destinations in the world, and in addition to the stores, there’s no lack of entertainment for the entire family here.

Kids will love Nickelodeon Universe, the Crayola Experience + Store, Rock Ages Blacklight Minigolf, and the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, just to name a few of the attractions outside of shopping.

Brainerd Lakes

The entire state of Minnesota is known for its lakes, and Brainerd Lakes is one of the favorite areas. This area is perfect if you love the outdoors because it’s known for fishing, adventure sports, golf, hunting, and biking.

In the summer there are plenty of opportunities for water sports, and in the winter it’s all about the snow sports.

Brainerd is only about 125 miles north of the Twin Cities, and there’s also shopping and dining in the area.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

There is an area near Duluth that’s known as the North Shore of Lake Superior, and along this shore are amazing parks.

One of the favorites is Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

There are hiking trails along the lake, you can fish for trout and salmon, and the rocky shoreline is picturesque.

There are also plenty of RV parks in the area.


Lanesboro is a small town in Southeastern Minnesota, and many people opt to visit it because of the Root River State Bike Trail. This is widely considered one of the best biking trails in Minnesota.

Also in this riverside town are opportunities for fishing, shopping and eating at the small town local restaurants the area is known for.

Winter Sports

There are so many areas throughout Minnesota where your family can enjoy a variety of winter sports.

Buck Hill is known for being where Lindsey Vonn first started her career, and they feature a freestyle airbag jump, as well as three chairlifts, night skiing, and private lessons.

Hyland Hill is in the Highland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington, so you don’t even have to leave the urban area to enjoy it. It features a progressive terrain park and a newly constructed chalet.

Finally, there’s also Lutsen Mountain on the North Shore with high peaks and great views along with rental equipment for both children and adults.

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