Minnesota is a land of incredible contrasts, boasting 15,000 lakes and 500 beautiful golf courses as well as America’s largest fully enclosed shopping and entertainment complex. The Mississippi River and the Great River Road begin in northern Minnesota, where the river springs forth from its source at Lake Itasca. Visitors to northern Minnesota will find a landscape of forests and some of the best fishing lakes in North America. As the Great River Road winds its way through the state, it passes through wooded lake country, lush prairies and a vibrant metropolis. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area offers outstanding museums, world-class dining, professional sports and a diverse culture that makes the Twin Cities one of the most unique metro areas in the country. Below St. Paul, the Great River Road follows the river through picturesque bluff country and charming river towns. It’s an incredible journey every traveler should experience.
Minnesota Mississippi River Parkway Commission
State Tourism Office
Explore Minnesota Tourism
100 Metro Square, 121 7th Place E.
St. Paul, MN 55101