Minnesota State Travel Guide

North America

According to abbreviationfinder, Minnesota is located in the northern United States, between North Dakota, South Dakota (west), Wisconsin (east), Iowa (south), and Canada (north). The state is divided into four regions, namely North Central/Western, Northeastern, Southern and Twin Cities/Metro.

The North Star State has a continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers. During the summer months, the mercury hovers around 23 degrees, while in winters, icy temperatures of around -15°C are not uncommon. Annually there is an average of about 75 cm of precipitation, with the northwest being the driest area. Twice a year it is blizzard season here, with snow depths of up to 178 cm between November and April. In addition, it must be said that tornadoes strike about 18 times a year, especially in the south.

Best travel time

It is best to be here from May to September. Just keep in mind that prices, crowds, and wait times for attractions increase in June and July, as it’s vacation time for most Americans and Canadians.

Flora and fauna

Minnesota is divided into three zones: the forested lake area of ​​the north, the prairies of the west and southwest, and the area in between. Common trees include oaks, maples, pines, birches and poplars, although much of the original vegetation has disappeared due to over-roofing. Nevertheless, shrubs flourish there, as do many types of (wild) bloomers such as honeysuckle and thimbleberry. The many waters are richly endowed with white and yellow water lilies, with cats tails and cattails on the banks. Oppossums, little brown bats, raccoons, minks, river otters, badgers, and skunks are common in the wild, along with larger animals like white-tailed deer and moose. Soaring in the air include great divers, western meadow starlings, white pelicans and the inevitable bald eagles. Minnesota waters are populated with fish such as pike, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, and steelheads. Finally, two types of venomous snakes can be found: timbler rattlers and massasaugas.

Main cities

According to countryaah, the state capital of Minnesota is St. Paul. Other cities of note are Minneapolis, Duluth and Bloomington.

Saint Paul (Minnesota)

Saint Paul
City in the United States
State Minnesota
County Ramsey County
Coordinates 44°56’39″N, 93°5’37″WL
Surface 145.50 km²
– country 134.62 km²
– water 10.88 km²
(April 1, 2020)
(2314 inhabitant/km²)
– agglomeration 3,615,902 (2010)
Mayor Melvin Carter (DFL)
Website stpaul.gov

Saint Paul (also called St. Paul) is the capital of the US state of Minnesota. It is also the county seat of Ramsey County. In 2016, the population was estimated at 302,398 inhabitants. Saint Paul, along with western Minneapolis, forms the twin city of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The city’s history dates back to the early 1800s, when settlers settled in the vicinity of Fort Snelling, a fort located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. In 1841 a church was founded in honor of the Apostle Paul and in the same year the town, until then called Pig’s Eye Landing, was renamed Saint Paul. After Minnesota became a territory in 1849, Saint Paul was declared the capital. Minnesota became part of the United States in 1858 and the city became the 32nd capital of a state.

Major structures in Saint Paul include the Minnesota State Capitol, the Fitzgerald Theater, and Saint Paul’s Cathedral. This cathedral was consecrated in 1915 and can accommodate three thousand people. The Schubert Club Museum is located in the Landmark Center.


Of the population, 10.3% is older than 65 years. 35.9% of the population consists of single -person households. Unemployment is 3.5% (census figures 2000).

About 7.9% of Saint Paul’s population are Hispanics and Hispanics, 11.7% are of African origin, and 12.4% are of Asian origin.

The population increased from 272,235 in 1990 to 287,151 in 2000 and to 302,398 in 2016.


In January the average temperature is −11.2 °C, in July it is 23.1 °C. There is an average annual rainfall of 719.3 mm (data based on the measurement period 1961-1990).


The local ice hockey club Minnesota Wild plays its games in the National Hockey League. Football club Minnesota United FC also plays its matches in the Allianz Field stadium in Saint Paul.

Sister Cities
  • Nagasaki (Japan), since 1955
  • Hadera (Israel), since 1981
  • Culiacan (Mexico), since 1983
  • Changsha (China), since 1987
  • Noise Camp (South Africa), since 1988
  • Modena (Italy), since 1989
  • Novosibirsk (Russia), since 1989
  • Ciudad Romero (El Salvador), since 1991
  • Tiberias (Israel), since 1996
  • Neuss (Germany), since 1999
  • Manzanillo (Mexico), since 2002
Nearby places

The figure below shows nearby places within 5 miles of St. Paul.

St. Paul

  • West St. Paul (6 km)
  • Falcon Heights (6 km)
  • Lauderdale (5 miles)
  • Lilydale (6km)
  • Little Canada (8 km)
  • Maplewood (5 miles)
  • Mendota (8 km)
  • Mendota Heights (5 miles)
  • Roseville (7 km)
Famous residents of Saint Paul


  • Bugs Moran (1893–1957), mobster
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), writer
  • Frank Loomis (1896-1971), athlete
  • Warren Burger (1907-1995), Chief Justice of the United States
  • Melvin Calvin (1911–1997), engineer, chemist and Nobel laureate (1961)
  • William Lava (1911–1971), composer and arranger
  • William Colby (1920–1996), Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Winslow Briggs (1928-2019), botanist
  • Kate Millett (1934-2017), writer and feminist
  • Charles Kimbrough (1936), actor
  • Jerry Juhl (1938-2005), writer of Muppet movies and series
  • Mike Farrell (1939), actor and producer
  • Mary Meyers (1946), speed skater
  • Susan Blu (1948), voice actress
  • Randy Schekman (1948), cell biologist and Nobel laureate (2013)
  • Giorgos Papandreou Jr. (1952), party leader Greece
  • Duane G. Carey (1957), astronaut
  • Tim Kaine (1958), Senator for Virginia
  • Laila Robins (1959), actress
  • Tim Pawlenty (1960), politician
  • Chad Smith (1961), drummer for The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Katie Class (1963), speed skater
  • Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (1963), astronaut
  • Greg Baker (1968), actor
  • Mitch Hedberg (1968–2005), stand-up comedian
  • Tom Malchow (1976), swimmer
  • Josh Hartnett (1978), film actor and producer
  • Nate Richert (1978), actor and musician
  • Eyedea (1981–2010), freestyle underground battle rapper
  • Lindsey Vonn (1984), alpine skier
  • Devin Kelley (1986), actress
  • Maria Lamb (1986), long track speed skater
  • Kelly Catlin (1995-2019), cyclist


Minnesota is also called Land Of The 1,000 Lakes. To the north is Minnesota’s only National Park: Voyageurs National Park. Voyageurs consists almost entirely of water; there are more than 30 lakes within the park boundaries, some of which are adorned by (uninhabited) islands. In addition, the state also offers many waters and lakes that cry out for recreation. For example, the shoreline of mighty Lake Superior, the serene stillness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (PHOTO ABOVE), or the picturesque banks of the St. Croix River are frequented, but never overcrowded, destinations.

Twin Cities

The heart of Minnesota is populated by the residents of the so-called Twin Cities, St. Paul and Minneapolis. In addition to a charming and interesting city center where many cultures live together, the entertainment and sports offer is to die for.

Mall Of America

The largest mall in America is officially located in Bloomington, with the most diverse shops and department stores. And rollercoasters, an underwater park and the NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway, a spectacular racing simulator.