As a travel blogger, I realize that I rarely share much at all about my hometown of Minneapolis. Despite being known for the cold, long, brutal winters, Prince, and the recent host of the Super Bowl, Minnesota actually boasts over 15,000 lakes in the state. It is also home to one of the largest federally protected wilderness areas in the United States, the 1.1 million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area (BWCWA). The BWCWA is one of the most pristine wilderness areas I have ever visited and its extraordinary beauty and tranquility is unequal to any place I’ve been outside of remote Patagonia.
I looked over the seven-year history of my blog, thirdeyemom, and found that I do have a handful of posts written over the years on Minnesota and Minneapolis. It is a beautiful place with tons of culture, restaurants, parks, nature and great values. While our heritage is strongly Scandinavian (there are tons of Swedes and Norwegians here), we also are the proud home of many thriving immigrant communities from all over the world. Many people think of Minnesota as simply “flyover land” which is simply not true. However, if you don’t like the cold then it is best to come in Spring, Summer or Fall.
Here is a collection of some of my favorite photos which highlight the beauty of my city and state. Hope you enjoy!
Grand Portage, Minnesota
Winter in Minneapolis
In case you are curious to learn more about Minnesota, check out these posts here.