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The birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Bob Dylan and the Snickers bar, Minnesota is a fine blend of culture and nature. Known as the North Star State, Minnesota rests atop the Midwest with one half of the Twin Cities, St. Paul, as its capital.

Visitors to the capital city should be sure to see the remarkable Cathedral of St. Paul on Cathedral Hill and take a stroll through Como Park and its conservatory before venturing forth to St. Paul’s sister city, Minneapolis.

Between the Twin Cities, the Mall of America awaits. Both kids and adults will find plenty to do inside the country’s largest shopping and entertainment complex. Let the kids play in Nickelodeon Universe, go shopping at any of the 500+ stores on site or have some family fun exploring the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium.

The vibrancy of Minneapolis may be best experienced in Uptown, with its hip collection of eateries and shops. Located nearby, the Walker Art Center offers Minnesota tourists a fantastic collection of contemporary art as well as impeccably chosen guest exhibits.

Music lovers visiting Minneapolis should explore First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, a live music and dance club downtown. The Guthrie Theater is a must-see for theatergoers and is one of many theaters in Minneapolis, a city second only to New York for theater seats per capita.

Outside of the Twin Cities, visitors discover why the state is also known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Nature enthusiasts never run short on activities with swimming, boating and year-round fishing available. Hike through Minnesota’s Itasca State Park to see where the Mississippi River starts, or camp next to the Minnesota River in Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area.

For those looking to hit the trails on their favorite steed, Minnesota provides overnight accommodations for campers and horses. Try the horse campgrounds at the northern Pillsbury State Forest or the south’s R.J. Dorer State Forest for great scenic trails, particularly during autumn. Minnesota’s state forests are also a great place for hunters, offering 3 million acres chock full of moose, deer, bear and grouse.

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