Minnesota is rightly proud of its 12,000-plus lakes, rivers, and streams. This is the place to come seeking outdoor recreation and fun in the sun. Resorts, cabins, fishing camps, and hunting lodges abound especially in the northern two-thirds of the state. Within minutes from the Twin Cities?Minneapolis and St. Paul?it can seem like another world, full of fresh air, pine scents, and wildflowers.
Minneapolis and St. Paul are important centers in the design and production of computer and high-technology products. Rochester, in southern Minnesota, is a medical mecca for the world, with the Mayo Clinic. Minnesota is a happy blend of all these influences. Add the impact of a vibrant farming community, and you have a state that knows how to capitalize well on its natural and human resources.
This is a state in touch with its heritage. Northern communities celebrate the logging and timber industry; cities and towns throughout the state present ethnic festivals. Southern communities celebrate their pioneer spirit and agricultural roots. Minnesota abounds in fairs, fetes, and fun of all kinds?over 1,000 at last count.
Camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and hunting are popular sports throughout Minnesota. Some of the country's best wilderness adventures possible can be found in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the upper northeast and Voyageurs National Park near International Falls on the Canadian border. But the outdoors fan doesn't have to go far to find recreational fun. Many cities allow cross-country skiing in their parks. Snowmobiling is popular everywhere in the state.
Minneapolis presents a sophisticated, vibrant city image, with neighbor St. Paul lending a more elegant, quiet element.
Minnesota is a real mix-and-match state. The gentle blending of cultures, traditions, and lifestyles is obvious everywhere.