Destination guide

Come for the shopping, but stay for the fresh air

Just south of the bustling cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the quiet suburb of Apple Valley offers the perfect balance of retail therapy and outdoor activities to keep everyone in your group happy. Just 10 miles from the gigantic Mall of America, an Apple Valley vacation rental is a shopaholic's ideal home base. There's plenty to do outside, too, if shopping isn't your thing. The surrounding parks are home to some stunning natural scenery, bike paths, and hiking trails. Apple Valley's annual festivals offer visitors a taste of the simple life in between trips to the mall.

Things to do

A playground for the young or simply young-at-heart

There's no shortage of sights to fill up your days in Apple Valley. The town is home to the Minnesota Zoo, and just a few minutes away from concerts and sporting events at the Xcel Energy Center. Minnehaha Park is one of the city's oldest green spaces, and one of the most popular, thanks in large part to the picturesque Minnehaha Falls. The Mall of America offers much more than just shopping, including an indoor theme park, an aquarium, and mini-golf, plus the Crayola Experience and even a flight simulator. For a taste of urban life, the Twin Cities are a short drive away.


Shop till you drop at the country's biggest mall

You could spend days exploring the Mall of America, which is home to over 500 stores and 50 restaurants. For a fresh air break, pack a picnic and head to Lebanon Hills Regional Park to explore the countless hiking, running, and mountain biking paths. If you prefer to stay close to home, a centrally located Apple Valley vacation rental is just steps from the town's annual 4th of July festival and winter carnival. Golfers will enjoy the area's top-notch courses, and, of course, you'll always find some prime water sports in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.


Bundle up to make the most of the cold Minnesota winters

Minnesota weather is famous for varying wildly from season to season. Apple Valley vacation rentals are in highest demand in the warm summer months of June to August, when high temperatures rise into the 80s and the weather is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities. Winters are another story, with freezing temperatures spanning all the way from November through March. During these winter months, expect to see several feet of snow. You'll want to find a nice indoor place to stay warm (like maybe the country's biggest shopping mall).

Natural features

Suburban sprawl sprinkled with picturesque parkland

Spreading through developed farmland south of the thriving Twin Cities, Apple Valley is mostly made up of residential neighborhoods and commercial areas. The town maintains an impressive 49 neighborhood parks, as well as the 2,000-acre Lebanon Hills Regional Park and local favorite Minnehaha Park, home to the cascading Minnehaha Falls. If you'd rather not run into animals in the wild, plenty of wildlife can be viewed from a safe distance at the Minnesota Zoo. And being in Minnesota, you never have to travel too far to find a lake.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Apple Valley

Fly into Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis - St. Paul Intl.), the closest airport, located 9.6 mi (15.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Minneapolis, MN (FCM-Flying Cloud), which is 13.8 mi (22.2 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Apple Valley?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 90 vacation rentals near Apple Valley. From 75 Houses to 2 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Apple Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Apple Valley?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Apple Valley:

  • Central Minneapolis: 194 vacation rentals
  • Calhoun Isles: 150 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Minneapolis: 92 vacation rentals
  • Downtown West: 110 vacation rentals
  • Uptown: 117 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Apple Valley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Apple Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Minnesota Zoo: 821 vacation rentals
  • Mall of America: 991 vacation rentals
  • U.S. Bank Stadium: 965 vacation rentals
  • Lake Calhoun: 853 vacation rentals
  • Lake Harriet: 988 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Apple Valley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Apple Valley?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 75 Houses in Apple Valley. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Apple Valley include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2 rentals available
  • Cabins: 2 rentals available
  • Cottages: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Apple Valley?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6 vacation rentals with pool available in Apple Valley. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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