"The Land of 10,000 Lakes" offers much more to tourists than swimming. Its Twin Cities, Saint Paul and Minneapolis, are the heart of the state. However, with much of the state covered in water, it is a great place to go hunting or fishing, too.
Just remember--Minnesota is known for its cold winters, so bring a coat and a pair of gloves--they are needed, sometimes even in the summer!
Bemidji is a four-hour drive, north by car, from Minneapolis. It is a wonderful place to visit with ample accommodations. Stay at a resort, hotel, or camp at one of the beautiful parks. Bemidji State Park also has a bog walk, which will present you with many wonderful photo opportunities!
National Parks of Minnesota
Voyageurs National Park
Each summer Minnesota holds its "Great Minnesota Get-Together," the Minnesota State Fair. Alleged to be the best-attended state fair in the nation, this vestige of Americana features nearly every kind of food you can imagine sold on a stick. Favorites include deep-fried candy bars, teriyaki ostrich on a stick, the legendary pronto pups (corndogs on a stick), and belgian waffles on a stick, then coated in chocolate and whipped cream. Of course, the Fair also includes the usual Midway with carnival rides, livestock barns, and other usual fair activities.
Most of the cities and towns in the state have a large statue of something or other. Check out some of these.
Several towns have huge statues of the fictional logger Paul Bunyan? and his blue ox, Babe?. Bemidji and Akeley are two such towns.
Other "world's largest" sites include the ball of twine in Darwin, the hockey stick in Eveleth, a tiger muskie fish in Nevis?, an otter in Fergus Falls, a stucco snowman in North Saint Paul, and an ear of corn in Olivia?.
Other statue anomalies include the Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth?, Hermann the German in New Ulm, and a giant fishing bobber in Pequot Lakes?.
Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder? museum in Walnut Grove? and tour the family's sod home; then watch a play put on in an outdoor amphitheater.
Head to Itasca State Park to explore the Mississippi River headwaters. Walk across the narrow start of this mighty river that runs from Minnesota to New Orleans, where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico.