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Those who mock Minnesota because of its bitterly cold winters should remember when the needle climbs, ice turns water. In Minnesota’s case, water takes the form of thousands of inland lakes, Lake Superior and the Mississippi River. And the state becomes a recreational paradise. Whether you are into fishing, boating or just enjoy sitting lakeside, you’ll find appropriate waters somewhere in the state, and canoeists and kayakers may have the best conditions of all. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness a huge wilderness off limits to most motorized and mechanized vehicles is one of the finest places to paddle in North America. A few days there or at one of the state’s other wilderness areas is an escape to remember for a lifetime.

For those who enjoy the city, the vibrant Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer theaters, vast shopping malls and top-rated restaurants. And Duluth will let you enjoy the comforts of a midsize town while remaining within gazing distance of a beautiful lakeshore.

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