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While there are many states to visit in the nation, one of the best ones to visit throughout the course of the year is the state of Minnesota. Located in the Upper Midwest, Minnesota offers families, individuals and couples a wide variety of activities and experiences that is sure to please people of many ages. Whether you are renting a charter bus or another form of transportation, the entire state offers great places to visit.
One of the most popular places in the state to visit is the Mall of America, which is located just south of Minneapolis. You can easily spend a day walking around on the four levels of the facility. There are stores that cater to people of all ages. Shopping enthusiasts will appreciate the stores that feature the latest styles and trends of today. Some stores cater to teenagers, but others are geared towards young adults, families and senior citizens. An amusement park in the middle of the mall is perfect for you whether it is in the middle of winter or summer. People who want to see the latest flicks will be delighted by the movie theater that has plenty of screens and lots of candy and snacks. When it is time to have a meal, you have numerous options from which to choose. Families will enjoy a restaurant that is designed like a rainforest. There are fine dining and fast food restaurants. Some establishments have plenty of big screen televisions that allow diners to watch the biggest games of the day. There is something for practically everyone at the Mall of America.
Minneapolis is the largest city of the state and is known to many as the City of Lakes. Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet provide people with walking and bike paths. There are beaches where people can swim in the summer, and there are intramural hockey leagues during the winter. Lake Harriet has a rose garden that is a popular attraction for many. Popular museums in the city include the American Swedish Institute as well as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Minneapolis is known for having an abundance of professional sports teams, which include the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Twins. Each team has excellent facilities, and team spirit is certainly alive and active in the state.
The city of St. Paul is another popular destination and is the official twin of Minneapolis. People who visit St. Paul will appreciate visiting the Minnesota State Capital and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Minnesota's professional hockey team, the Minnesota Wild, play in St. Paul in the Excel Energy Center. It has been said that there is not a bad seat in the arena. Mickey's Dinner, which is close to the arena, was briefly featured in the movie Jingle All the Way.
When it is time to see more of the state, rent a bus and go check out the many communities have excellent lakes to visit. You are welcome to go fishing and catch some local walleye, which is the official state fish that truly tastes amazing. Families can rent a boat for the day and go fishing, tubing, water skiing or another type of activity on the water. Cabins feature all the common amenities that you expect without the hassle of traffic or loud noise of the city. In the winter, many people like to go ice fishing, and there are tournaments that bring everyone together on a frozen lake.
If you want to experience another area of Minnesota, be sure to travel up to the North Shore, which is on the northeast side of the state next to Lake Superior. Some locals love to visit the area during autumn in order to see the beautiful fall colors. Of course, there are plenty of other areas in the state to visit for fall colors, but the North Shore offers wondrous beauty that is hard to replicate. People can visit places like Split Rock Light House and learn about how this and other lighthouses protected ships and people on the water. Duluth, which is one of the biggest cities in the state, has plenty of shopping adventures that people love. It can be a great place to visit in the summer because temperatures are comfortable as a result of lake effect.
It is not a surprise that people like to visit the state of Minnesota in order to receive a true vacation and have an experience that they will never forget. Whether it is time to go out on a lake and enjoy the beauties of creation or spend time painting the city of Minneapolis on a Saturday night, you can find plenty to do that is fun and exciting. A great experience in Minnesota is ready to begin at any time.