The state of Minnesota is in America’s Upper Midwest, bordering Canada and part of Lake Superior. Almost 60% of Minnesota’s residents live in the neighbouring “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St Paul and the majority are of Scandinavian and German descent. The rest of the state is an area of rolling plains, known as prairie, which is used for intensive agriculture. Nicknamed the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” Minnesota is known for its lakes, forests and mining towns.
The many lakes, rivers, forests and wilderness areas around Minnesota holiday rentals offer visitors a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Hiking, mountain biking, watesports, hunting, climbing, horseback riding and watersports can all be enjoyed in this unspoilt and beautiful state. Beyond the cities, Minnesota is a haven for wildlife making it popular with nature lovers, birdwatchers and photographers. The state actually has 11,842 lakes which are popular for swimming, boating, fishing and kayaking. The area around Grand Rapids has many golf courses. In winter, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowshoeing are popular pursuits. The state hosts several music festivals, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the Judy Garland Festival in Grand Rapids and the Eelpout Festival on Leech Lake.
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolis is the centre of commerce but it is also internationally famous for its arts community. It has several Fine Arts museums including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with 10,000 works of art, the Walker Art Center and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum. Minneapolis is home to the largest Mall of America, with 520 stores and restaurants. The State Capitol building is worth visiting - take a guided tour to the top of the Dome where there are great city views. The Cathedral of St Paul and the Shrine of Nations are the highlights of St Paul. For families historic Fort Snelling and the Science Museum are popular places to visit from Minnesota holiday rentals. Stillwater is the oldest town in the state and has well-preserved buildings housing specialty shops. Red Wing, with its scenic river bluffs and historic potteries, is also worth a visit.
Minnesota has a very extreme climate from summer to winter and temperatures vary widely from the milder southeast to the forested northeast area, known as the Iron Range. Summer days are hot, dry and sunny with average daily temperatures reaching 84°F (29°C) while from mid-November to mid-March temperatures do not rise above freezing. The lake-effect of Lake Superior gives the northeast over 100 inches of snowfall.
The main airport serving holiday rentals in Minnesota is Minneapolis St Paul (MSP) Airport which is served by Delta, United and American Airlines along with many international airlines. The airport is served by both low-cost and traditional carriers including British Airways from the UK and Europe.