Native Americans first named Minnesota as Minisota 300 years ago, which means the Land of sky-tinted water. Today Minnesota is known as the land of ten thousand lakes. Although the correct number of lakes are 11, 842, most people would define Minnesota as the tourist attractions for lakeside resorts.
As a person living in Minnesota, it’s normal to hear people say that lakes are the only attraction here in our state. But as a resident, I believe it’s much more than that. Of course, I’m still proud what our great state offers, however, Minnesota features several attractions some place does not have. This is why I recommend for other vacationers and goers to visit this wonderful state. Below, I’ll name some of the local tourist attractions; I personally recommend for people visiting Minnesota.
• Mall of America – Apparently listed as Minnesota’s number 1 tourist attraction, it’s pretty obvious that most people loves to shop and the obvious answer would the Mall of America. It’s been branded as the biggest mall in the US that contains over 500 shops and stores inside. Every year, it has visitors of more than 40 million people. It has everything of course, from indoor aquariums to amusement parks and butterfly garden. For shoppers, this is probably a dream come true to do finally the “shop till you drop” term.
• Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness – Looking for a little bit of adventure? This place is great for people who want to see the real nature’s paradise. With over 1 million acres of territory, that lies between the lands of US and Canada. Visiting this one is best for fishing, camping and kayaking trips. This place is 100% environmental friendly, so expect to see a lot of wildlife creatures such as moose, bears and wolves.
• Aerial Lift Bridge – located in the heart of Duluth, Aerial Lift Bridge has been created and built in 1905, now it is considered as a historic place that can be visited by tourists.
• Voyageurs National Park – of course, our national park should also be mentioned in this one. This park has over 218 thousands of acres that do not have any roads and the only way to get there is through a boat. This place is a great way to relax altogether and be in touch with Mother Nature. This park contains several lakes, which can be visited through motorboats.
• The Cathedral of Saint Paul – if you’re a Catholic religious person, this place might be attractive to you. It was built in the early years of the 1900s for Saint Paul, one of the Apostles. It was designed in classical renaissance and can contain at least 3000 people inside.
• SPAM museum – at first, it sounds insane, but if you’re fan of spam, then you might want to visit this place. This museum is free of charge and can be visited by anyone. This is not a museum where you can learn a lot, but it’s a great place to stretch legs and such.
• Minneapolis’ theatre scene – what better way to spend your night but a celebration in the theatre? Discover the wonders of theatre, for sure, it’s not as expensive as the New York’s broad way, but it will not disappoint.
• Mill City Museum – considered as the world’s largest flour mill that it could make at least 12 million loaves of bread a day. It is located in Mississippi Riverfront, where visitors can learn about the history of Minneapolis and the whole flour industry.