Minnesota is known for its breathtaking scenery, with magnificent forests, vast prairie land, and sparkling lakes dotting the state. From the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to the 75 state parks and 55 state forests, there are ample opportunities to experience the outdoors. But don't overlook the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where world-class museums and a dynamic music scene are balanced by peaceful parks and relaxing boat excursions. Whether you're looking for an active outdoor vacation with your pet or a quiet lake getaway, you're sure to appreciate the riches of Minnesota.
Best Time To Visit
Summer and fall are the most popular times of the year to visit Minnesota. Summer days in the northern part of the state and along Lake Superior are quite pleasant, with lower temperatures and less humidity. By the beginning of September, the entire state has cooled considerably and the summer rain has dried up. As October approaches, the hardwood trees begin their autumn show and the skies are reliably blue. But the window of opportunity is short, as snow may fall as early as late October. Hotels deals are most likely to be found from November to April, but this is not an ideal time for a pet friendly trip to Minnesota. The winters here are some of the most brutal in the entire United States.
Things Not To Miss
Enjoy spectacular views, quiet overlooks, and the woodsy ambiance along the 12-mile interconnected web of trails at the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis.
Take a daytrip on the North Shore Scenic Drive and visit the pet friendly town of Grand Marais, packed with places to stay, hike, and eat.
Step across the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River in Itasca State Park. Then hit the pet friendly trails or bike path and explore the rest of the park.
Rent a pet friendly houseboat and explore Voyageurs National Park, the only water-based national park in the U.S.
Snap a shot with one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. With 14.5 miles of pet friendly trails for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing, it's a great place to stretch your legs or spread your picnic blanket.
Don’t miss your chance to romp with the locals at High Bridge Dog Park in Minneapolis.
Stroll along the lakefront in the harbor town of Duluth. This lively, city is known for its pet friendly atmosphere.
Visit Pipestone National Monument, a location considered sacred to many people, because the red pipestone found at this site has been used by generations of American Indians to carve pipes used for prayer.