10 Top-Rated Weekend Getaways In Minnesota, The USA - Updated 2023

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Minnesota, USA, has garnered the nickname “Bread and Butter State” for its numerous flour mills and butter-making plants. Some might also recognize Minnesota as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. Although it sounds bizarre, Minnesota does in fact have more than 10,000 lakes. Located in the north-central part of USA, Minnesota is surrounded by Canadian states Manitoba and Ontario in the north and Lake Superior in the east. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers can certainly appreciate paddling through the serene Boundary Waters or hiking on the trails of Voyageurs National Park. The twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are a must-visit. Check out the top-rated weekend getaways in Minnesota, the USA, for a truly splendid trip!

1. Minneapolis - Lake of Isles (from USD 165)

Lake of Isles
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The Lake of Isles is an absolute beauty. A part of Chain of Lakes Regional Park, Lake of Isles has an average of 5.5 million visitors annually. They flock to this location to simply enjoy its picturesque views. People who visit typically lay out a blanket and enjoy a lovely picnic. Those who visit in the summer get the opportunity to canoe on the lake itself. During winter, ice skating can be quite magical. If you bring your furry buddy along, there is an off-leash dog park situated at the south end of the park. This is definitely a hidden gem in the heart of Minneapolis!

Hampton Inn & Suites - Minneapolis/Downtown

Wifi Available

Address: 19 North 8th Street

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Garden Non-smoking rooms Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests

2. Duluth - North Shore Scenic Railroad (from USD 229)

Scenic Railroad
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Hop on the Duluth Trains along North Shore Scenic Railroad. This heritage railroad, which spans 28 miles (45.1 kilometres), operates between Duluth and Two Harbors. Today, North Shore Scenic Railroad ferries over 100,000 passengers annually. Visitors from around the world flock to this beautiful railroad to immerse themselves in its rich history. For train enthusiasts, embarking on one of their special train excursions would prove to be a treat. Reserve your tickets for The Duluth Zephyr, a 75-minute train ride, which runs through the shorelines of Lake Superior and the historic Congdon neighbourhood. Be sure to check out Lake Superior Railroad Museum for their impressive display of historic railroad equipment.

Lift Bridge Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection

Wifi Available

Address: 408 Canal Park Dr

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

3. Ely - Ely Steam Bath (from USD 209)

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Fancy a steam bath while in Minnesota? Head over to Ely Steam Sauna, a century-old public sauna in Ely. This public sauna is a local favourite, especially for those seeking a refreshing steam bath and a good conversation. For 7 USD, a visitor receives a pair of towels, a bar of soap, and the experience of having a steam bath with family or friends. There’s something quite magical about the sauna experience. You’ll have to head over to Ely Steam Sauna to experience it yourself!

Ely, Minnesota, United States
144 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 6 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
even my oldest daughter who barely share her room loved us sleeping together in the loft
everything was well thought out and every room was a delight to be in
we fell in love with the beautiful log cabin interior and cozy pine walls
colleen’s cabin was amazing the decor and overall atmosphere was very cozy
very clean and cozy cabin
very clean and well maintained
super cozy and clean cabin feel
colleen's place was cozy clean and comfortable
very thoughtful host immaculately clean and charming inside
the host is quick and efficient at responding to any questions
colleen is a wonderful caring host
colleen our host was extremely easy to communicate with
gas fireplace comfortable beds kitchen amenities and a wonderful responsive host that provided great recommendations that met our interests
colleen was great to work with and responsive to minor questions
wonderful cozy cabin close to town
beautiful rustic cabin within walking distance of downtown ely
the location was best balance of peace and walkability to restaurants/shopping
the cabin was close to downtown ely making it an easy drive to restaurants and stores
what an amazing space so close to town
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4. Lanesboro - Root River State Trail (from USD 149)

Root River State Trail Bridge in Lanesboro, MN
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Lanesboro Arts used under CC BY-SA 4.0

At the heart of Lanesboro lies the spectacular Root River State Trail, which spans 42 miles (67.6 kilometres). Within this trail are two scenic state bike trails, namely, Root River State Trail and Harmony-Preston Valley State trail, which connect the Root River Trail towns. These trails wind through an abandoned railroad bed and follow the Root River. You’ll be able to spot a plethora of birds such as hawks, songbirds, and wild turkeys. Keep a lookout for rattlesnakes around the vicinity too. Take your time to explore the historical buildings and the Amish communities that reside along the trail. If you’re up for an adventure, reside at one of the trail towns!

Lanesboro, Minnesota, United States
260 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire loft 1 Bed 4 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
louanne’s space is absolutely stunning so much room and very comfortable bed and furniture
the bed is amazingly comfortable
cool bar area comfortable furniture well stocked kitchen and we really enjoyed our 3-night getaway
lots of clean linens and extra pillows a neat high top table good tv and internet
the space itself was spacious and very comfortable
very clean and comfortable
lots of clean towels linen and blankets
the space was very clean stylish and comfortable
a clean and comfortable place to stay in lanesboro
and the living space is very clean and comfortable
the patrons and the staff are so wonderful
the owner is competent and helpful
louanne is a great host friendly responsive and available
louanne is a dream host and the loft is our favorite airbnb yet
very stylish open space louanne is a wonderful host
nice location in town
excellent location in a charming town
a great location to enjoy the areas attractions
great place and location definitely recommend
the loft is located in the best location right on main street
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5. Grand Marais - Grand Marais Harbor (from USD 237)

Weekend getaways in Minnesota, USA
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Nestled on Lake Superior lies the historic Grand Marais Harbour. This charming destination is a unique backdrop for recreation and art for locals and visitors alike. Skip stones, watch for flocks of seagulls, or observe local commercial fishermen anchor at the docks at the harbour. Pay the iconic lighthouse a visit. Erected in 1884, this building is now home to Cook County Historical Society. While you are there, hike up Gunflint Trail toward Pincushion Mountain Overlook, which boasts a 180-degree view of Lake Superior. If you are feeling adventurous, walk out to an island called Artist’s Point. Located on the east side of the harbour, this is surely worth a visit.

Grand Marais, Minnesota, United States
161 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
couch made a surprisingly comfortable bed
very comfortable bed with just the right amenities for a quiet simple stay
the bed was comfortable and the tub is great for soaking sore muscles
it was warm during our stay and the a/c was perfect working quickly when needed
very cozy and private location with great amenities outside fireplace large tub and well decorated space
sparkling clean and quaint place to stay
this was a nice very clean and cozy cabin
place was clean equipped with everything you need for a quiet getaway and a wonderful tub
incredibly clean and provides everything you'd need for a comfortable stay (fully stocked kitchen supplies linens towels etc)
the cabin was sparkling clean and the hosts were responsive and helpful
todd was responsive and friendly
the hosts were friendly and made sure we had everything we needed
thank you so much todd and susan for being such lovely hosts
todd was a great resource and really responsive to any questions we had
todd & susan are gracious hosts helpful when needed but not at all intrusive
great location easy to walk to everything but still private
awesome location just a short walk to downtown and the lake
absolutely fantastic location to all locations downtown
a great space close to downtown
cute little cabin close to everything in grand marais
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6. Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway (from USD 84)

Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway Sign (35360161032)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Tony Webster used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway is a 287-mile (461.9-kilometre) drive through south-central Minnesota, which takes you along the meandering Minnesota River, orchards, and vineyards. The picturesque road has six state parks, important museums, and historic sites. Pick apples at Emma Krumbee’s orchard. Have a glass of wine and wood-fired pizzas at Morgan Creek Vineyards. For those who are bird enthusiasts, be on the lookout for eagles in La Sueur and Saint Peter. Pack your bags and head off for an exciting road trip!

HomeTown Inn and Suites Belle Plaine

Wifi Available

Address: 331 Enterprise Drive East

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Business centre Games room Free parking Internet services

7. Winona (from USD 149)

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Known for its picturesque vistas and stunning architecture, Winona is a city located in southeast Minnesota. Nestled along the majestic Mississippi River, Winona has magnificent views that can be witnessed on Garvin Heights Overlook. For those who fancy a round of golf, Winona has three golf courses with breathtaking views. Winona also has many scenic bike routes around the 300-acre (121.4-hectare) Lake Winona. With the Mississippi River along Winona, you can be sure that fishing here will be phenomenal.

Alexander Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Wifi Available

Address: 274 East Broadway Street

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Business centre

8. Detroit Lakes (from USD 91)

Detroit Lakes
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Home to more than 400 sparkling blue lakes is Detroit Lakes in Minnesota. Detroit Lakes is filled with a whole host of activities for everyone all year round. While Detroit Lakes offers more freshwater and miles of shoreline more than any other destination in Northwest Minnesota, there’s certainly more to this adventure, especially on land. Hit up the 1 mi (1.6 km) of sugar sand beach and go for a swim or a tan. If you’re a golf enthusiast, head over to the emerald fairways at Detroit Country Club. Families can also try their hand at mini golf. Mountain bikers can certainly get a thrill from the miles of terrain at Maplelog Resort and Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. There’s something for everyone here at Detroit Lakes!

Lakes Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 702 West Lake Drive

Parking Pets allowed Non-smoking rooms Free parking Internet services Canoeing BBQ facilities WiFi Available

9. Lutsen - Lutsen Mountains (from USD 249)

Lutsen Mountains
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Lutsen Mountains is home to Minnesota’s first resort. Here you’ll find the finest collection of family-owned resorts and ski lodges. It’s no secret that Lutsen thrives during winter. This winter wonderland is constantly blessed with white, fluffy, and deep snow annually. Alpine sports enthusiasts can certainly enjoy their time on the numerous mountain ski trails. While you’re there, take in the breathtaking scenes of Lake Superior. Whether you’re looking for a fun family getaway, a romantic escape, or an amazing location to spend time with your friends, Lutsen Mountains is quite the destination to be at.

The Historic Lutsen Lodge

Wifi Available

Address: 5700 West Highway 61

Parking Restaurant 24-hour front desk Sauna Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Fishing

10. Eagan - Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user PeteNelson used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Lebanon Hills Regional Park is the largest park in the Dakota County park system. Located in the Minnesota cities of Eagan and Apple Valley, this 1869-acre (756.4-hectare) park offers hiking trails and numerous lakes for outdoor sports. The Holland and O’Brien Lakes trail is definitely something worth exploring. This is an 8.9-kilometre (5.5-mile) loop trail near Saint Paul, Minnesota. Apart from hiking, this is also a lovely spot for some bird watching. While in Lebanon Hills Regional Park, check out Schulze Lake Beach. The clear waters of Schulze Lake are breathtaking and a popular spot with the locals.

Eagan, Minnesota, United States
10 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
our stay at jack's lovely apartment was everything we needed last weekend
they have a beautiful home and we felt welcome and comfortable right away
a clean quiet place to spread out
jack and leann are excellent hosts
jack and leann were excellent hosts
jack and leann were responsive to any questions
i would highly recommend these hosts
we were blessed to have such wonderful hosts and such a beautiful place to stay
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Pack now for a perfect weekend getaway

Looking for the perfect weekend getaway? These top-rated weekend getaways in Minnesota, USA, will surely give you the enjoyable time off you deserve. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a nature lover, and someone who just loves to explore, Minnesota is definitely the destination for you. Let Minnesota surprise you!

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