2017 Travel Guide
The official publication of
Explore Minnesota, an office
of the state of Minnesota
121 7th Place E., Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55101
John F. Edman
Lori A. Peterson
Greenspring Media, LLC
Minneapolis, MN, greenspring.com
SENIOR ART DIRECTOR
;; ;; ;;;; ;;; ;;;;;;;; ;; ;;;;, I can’t help but think about how much
Minnesota has changed in just the past few years. A brand new stadium glimmers
in the Minneapolis skyline, welcoming NFL teams, huge musical acts and this
year’s X Games. New a;ractions, stores and restaurants greet visitors at our largest
mall. And all throughout the state, new museums, mountain biking areas, zip
lines and more than 100 breweries have cropped up in towns big and small, giving
visitors more reasons than ever to explore every corner of Minnesota.
The way that travelers plan their vacations has also changed dramatically.
While printed guides like this remain a mainstay, they are only a piece of the
puzzle that includes travel websites, social media, smartphone apps and GPS.
Gone are the days that people wait until they get home to share their vacation
photos: If it’s not posted on Instagram in real time, it’s like it didn’t even happen.
While all of these changes are exciting, we can’t forget about the things that
never change. Walking across the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Enjoying
our more than 10,000 lakes, including Lake Superior, the greatest of the Great
Lakes. Driving along our scenic byways, traversing through rolling farmland,
blu; country, hardwood forests, small towns and cityscapes will always be
important parts of the story.
Above all, the thing that will never change is how a Minnesota vacation
makes you feel. Spending time with loved ones, away from the stresses of
everyday life, is when some of life’s best memories are made. Days spent at the
lake, on a trail or at a festival are o;en the ones we’ll never forget.
So whether you’re looking for something new or the tried and true, grab
your phone, a map (yes, we still make the paper ones!) and your favorite travel
companions, and make your way to Minnesota this year. You will love it here—
and that will never change.
See you soon,
Director, Explore Minnesota