The land of 10,000 lakesKnown for its impressive scenery made up of vast prairies, sparkling blue lakes and lush forests, Minnesota is truly blessed with unspoiled wilderness. Bordering Canada and flanked by Wisconsin and the Dakotas, this Midwestern state is known for harsh winters, but beautiful springs, warm summers and vibrant autumns.
Dubbed the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota doesn’t lack in outdoor excitement. The northernmost part of the state is home to national parks and preserves, like Voyageurs National Park and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the Superior National Forest. Voyageurs is best seen by houseboat and the Boundary Waters, which is home to over 1,000 lakes and streams, by kayak or canoe. For stunning photo opportunities, visit the restored 1910 Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior in Two Harbors. Minnesota also has 67 state parks, 58 state forests and two national forests. In addition to lakes, this state is home to the Mississippi River headwaters at Itasca State Park. Downriver, near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, you can cruise the second longest river in the United States on a riverboat.