Although Minnesota is the gateway to America’s plains, the state offers visitors a wide array of activities and landscapes. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to some of the Midwest’s beloved institutions of high culture, such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and popular culture, like the Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe. But it’s a mistake to just stay in the Twin Cities during your visit to the land of 10,000 lakes. Make the most of your stay by hiring a car and enjoying the ride out to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the Superior National Forest, follow the beautiful North Shore Drive from Duluth along the coast of Lake Superior, or go camping in stunning Voyageurs National Park.
October is the most beautiful time of year to visit Minnesota, as the leaves turn and the weather reaches a happy cool medium. If you’re willing to leap into a lake to cool down, however, any summer months after April, which can still feature some heavy snow, are a good time to explore this multifaceted state.
The native language of the United States is English, though native speakers will notice the stereotypical Midwestern accent of Minnesotans, particularly in the rural regions of the state. The currency is the US dollar. Currency exchange is highly available at airports and popular tourist destinations, and credit cards are accepted at the vast majority of businesses.
While airports exist in many Minnesotan cities, including Duluth, Rochester, Saint Cloud, and International Falls, the major point of arrival for international visitors is the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Any airport is an excellent place to pick up your rental car, though most towns of any size will also have car rental services.
Nickelodeon Universe and the Mall of America are both located right next door to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport along the Mississippi River, while central Minneapolis is just 20 minutes away by rental car. But once you’ve got your car, head out into the rural areas of the state! Ely and the Superior National are a beautiful four-hour drive north of Minneapolis, almost by way of Duluth, two and a half hours away.
While the Twin Cities have some good public transportation, most other regions of Minnesota are only accessible by car. With wide roads and plentiful parking spots, driving in this Midwestern state is truly a pleasure. The real wonders of Minnesota are found along roadways. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is, for example, primarily accessible via rental vehicle, and is a sight not to be missed!