Destination guide

Minnesota is "The Land of 10,000 Lakes"

They don't call Minnesota the Land of 10,000 Lakes for nothing. In fact, they're actually underselling it – the state has almost 12,000. First-timers shouldn't miss a night or two in the Twin Cities and when you've had your fill of the glitz and glam, leave your cellphone behind and head off into the wilderness to spend nights under the stars and get down to some serious wildlife watching. There are few things as pleasing as watching a graceful bald eagle sweep over the treetops, or hopping in a kayak to feel the cool breeze off the lakes.

Things to do

The charming "Twin Cities" in Minnesota

The "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis and St Paul are the state's capitals of cool. While both are fascinating, they are distinctly different. If you book a Minnesota vacation rental in Minneapolis, you'll find the hustle and bustle similar to that of any of the big cities, while downstream Saint Paul feels older and arguably more charming. Either way, you're not going to be far from the cities' art centers, the next trendy new eatery, or a top night-life spot. If you want to party like it's 1999, visit Paisley Park, the former 65,000-square-foot home of Prince, which opened to the public after his death in 2016.


It's impossible to tire of Minnesota

Whether you've dropped into a Minnesota vacation rental in one of the big cities or out in the countryside, it's impossible to be bored. Your days in Minneapolis can be whiled away – along with your cash – by indulging in some serious retail therapy, or catching the latest production at one of the theaters. Minnesota takes brewing and distilling seriously and if you like a drop of Grandpa's old cough medicine, a tour and tasting is never wasted time. Outside of Minneapolis' skyline, the great outdoors and all its possibilities for activities like hiking await.


Summer sees the festivities in Minnesota

Summer marks the peak season in the state. Families begin to escape the big cities by scoring Minnesota vacation rentals along the lake shores. The sunny months of June to August see the highest number of events and festivities, with everything from food festivals to outdoor concerts. Late spring and early fall sees a dip in the rental prices and with the weather still balmy, it's a great time to go while avoiding the crowds. As winter creeps in, so do the flurries of snow that carpet the state, opening up a whole new range of outdoor activities.

Natural features

Hear the howl of wolves in Minnesota

Wildlife lovers are spoiled for choice in Minnesota, particularly towards the north, where packs of wolves still roam free and howl at night, meandering moose saunter along the edge of lakes and through the marshlands, while black bears amble around in the woodland. Look up past treetops to the skies and you'll likely spot any number of the 300 recorded species of birdlife, the highlight for most being sightings of majestic bald eagles and the haunting calls of the great gray owl. The lakes and waterways are brimming with catfish, bass and walleye – just remember to bring your rod.

Where to stay around Minnesota?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,540 vacation rentals near Minnesota. From 997 Cabins to 1,729 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Minnesota for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Minnesota?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Minnesota. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cottage Grove: 108 vacation rentals
  • Pequot Lakes: 321 vacation rentals
  • Minneapolis: 819 vacation rentals
  • Duluth: 132 vacation rentals
  • Grand Marais: 181 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Minnesota! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Minnesota?

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

  • Cottage Grove: 108 rentals
  • Pequot Lakes: 321 rentals
  • Minneapolis: 819 rentals
  • Duluth: 132 rentals
  • Grand Marais: 181 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Minnesota?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Minnesota are:

  • Minneapolis St Paul International Airport (MSP): 910 vacation rentals
  • Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD): 325 vacation rentals
  • Detroit Lakes, MN (DTL): 82 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Minnesota?

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

  • Mall of America: 944 rentals
  • U.S. Bank Stadium: 935 rentals
  • Itasca State Park: 75 rentals
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park: 46 rentals
  • Mayo Clinic: 138 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Minnesota listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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