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Whether sunshine is sparkling on the café terraces of Boulevard Saint-Germain or melancholy mists of the Seine River are shrouding Notre-Dame Cathedral, the magical ambience of Paris has a way of romancing visitors. This incomparable city is filled with grandiose monuments like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Panthéon. Yet the charm of Paris lies in the small details: the quaint cobblestone streets, perfectly manicured trees, dainty tea salons, Belle Epoque brasseries, and avant-garde art galleries. Like a veritable open-air museum, the city’s buildings are works of art, and the Parisians’ everyday fashion is worthy of a magazine spread.

A world of discovery awaits in the distinctive quartiers (neighborhoods): the winding labyrinth of old streets in the medieval Latin Quarter, the legendary café scene in Saint-Germain-de-Prés, and the Bohemian village atmosphere of Montmartre. In every hidden corner and at all the famous sites, Paris casts a spell of enchantment. One visit may inspire a lifelong love affair. Find the best places to visit in this magical city with our list of the top tourist attractions in Paris.

1. Eiffel Tower

The most visited tourist attraction in Paris, the Eiffel Tower also ranks high on the list of places to visit in France. It’s hard to believe that the structure was dismissed as a monstrosity when it was first unveiled. The iconic tower was designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel for the Paris Exhibition of 1889, which marked the centenary of the French Revolution.

The tower consists of 18,000 sturdy iron sections (weighing over 10,000 tons) held together by 2.5 million rivets. This innovative structure is now considered a masterful architectural feat and is the most emblematic sight in Paris. From the Jardins du Trocadéro and the lawns of the Champs de Mars, there is just the right distance from the Eiffel Tower for a picture-perfect photo-op. Reaching 324 meters in height, the tower was the world’s tallest building until the Empire State Building was erected.

Visitors can take an elevator or walk up the 360 steps to arrive at the first level (at 57 meters) and 344 more steps to the second level (at 115 meters). The outlooks from both the first and second level are spectacular. To reach the top level, at the dizzying elevation of 276 meters, requires an exhilarating elevator ride from the second level. Visiting the top level is one of the most thrilling things to do in Paris, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

For those who’d like to indulge in a gourmet meal, the Jules Verne Restaurant is on the second floor. This restaurant features expansive windows, which allow diners to enjoy the amazing panoramas.

It’s best to purchase tickets in advance especially if visiting during high season. To ensure the best experience possible, tourists can sign up for the Eiffel Tower Priority Access Tour. This one-hour tour allows tourists to avoid standing in several long lines and offers the added benefit of educational commentary. A knowledgable guide will share interesting information and provide historical context.

2. Musée du Louvre

A sumptuous palace that was once the home of France’s Kings, the Louvre is the most important of Paris’ top museums. Visitors enter the museum in the courtyard of the palace at the glass pyramid (designed by Ieoh Ming Pei in 1917). The Louvre Museum possesses more than 30,000 artworks (many considered masterpieces)—from antiquities to European paintings of the 15th to 19th centuries.

It is impossible to see it all in one visit, but tourists can focus on a particular gallery, such as classical sculpture, Italian Renaissance art, or 17th-century French paintings, or take a self-guided tour to see the Louvre Museum’s highlights.

The most famous piece is the Mona Lisa or La Gioconda (or La Joconde in French) painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503-1505. Other exceptional works are the ancient Venus de Milo sculpture, the monumental Victory of Samothrace of the Hellenistic period, the immense Wedding Feast at Cana painting by Veronese (1563), and Botticelli’s frescoes. Also a must-see is Liberty Leading the People (1831) by Eugène Delacroix, depicting the Parisian uprising of July 27th to 29th, 1830 known as “Trois Glorieuses” (“Three Glorious Days”).

To get the most out of a visit to the Louvre, tourists can take a guided tour. The Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Tour allows participants to jump ahead of the long queues and head straight to the museum’s most famous artworks, including the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. On this three-hour tour, a knowledgeable guide discusses the collections, explains interesting information about the paintings, and answers questions.

The Louvre is surrounded on one side by the Jardin des Tuileries, one of the largest and loveliest parks in Paris. The celebrated landscape architect André Le Nôtre (who designed the gardens of Versailles) created the Tuileries Gardens in classic French style. The formal gardens feature perfectly manicured trees; two ponds; and statues by Rodin, Giacometti, and Maillol. Park benches offer a place to relax and enjoy the scenery. There are also several café-restaurants with outdoor seating.

3. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

A triumph of Gothic architecture, the Notre-Dame stands in the heart of Paris on the Ile de la Cité near the attractions of the Latin Quarter. An island in the Seine River, the Ile de la Cité is the historical and geographical center of Paris. On this small plot of land, the Romans built the Gallo-Roman city of Lutetia, and from the 6th century to the 14th century, the Kings of France resided here.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral was founded in 1163 by King Louis IX (Saint Louis) and Bishop Maurice de Sully, and the construction took more than 150 years. The cathedral was first created in Early Gothic style, while later additions (the west front and the nave) show the transition to High Gothic style. Tourists are immediately struck by the ornamental design of the facade, with its profusion of sculptures and gargoyles, while elaborate flying buttresses provide structural integrity for the enormous building. Look out for the 21 figures above the doorway in the Gallery of Kings, who lost their heads during the Revolution. (The heads are now on display in the Musée de Cluny.)

After admiring the decorative doorway, enter the sanctuary to take in the grandeur of this immense vaulted space. The sanctuary seems almost endless and beckons visitors with the light of flickering candles. The interior is illuminated by magnificent stained-glass windows. The most noteworthy window is the rose window in the north transept. This stunning work of art features 80 Old Testament scenes centered around the Virgin.

Note: In April of 2019, a fire caused considerable damage to the cathedral. The interior is closed to the public. The structure will be undergoing repairs in the years ahead.

4. Avenue des Champs-Élysées

The most monumental boulevard in Paris used to be a desolate field of marshland until the 17th century, when it was landscaped by André Le Nôtre. A century later, the renowned Parisian city planner Baron Haussman designed the boulevard’s elegant buildings. The Champs-Elysées is divided into two parts with the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées as its intersection.

The lower part of the Champs-Elysées, bordering the Place du Concorde, includes a spacious park, the Jardin des Champs-Élysées, and the Petit Palais fine arts museum. The upper part, extending to the Arc de Triomphe, is lined by luxury shops, hotels, restaurants, cafés, cinemas, and theaters. This bustling area draws many tourists and is a gathering place for Parisians.

The Champs-Elysées is famous for its prestigious establishments, such as Maison Ladurée (75 Avenue des Champs-Elysées), a pâtisserie shop renowned for its 18th-century tea salon and delicious pastries (their specialty is “macarons”), and upscale designer boutiques like Tiffany & Co. (62 Avenue des Champs-Élysées), Louis-Vuitton (101 Avenue des Champs-Elysées), and Cartier (154 Avenue des Champs-Élysées).

For fine dining, the top choices are the legendary “brasserie du luxe” restaurant and hotel Le Fouquet’s (99 Avenue des Champs-Élysées) and the swanky gastronomic restaurant L’Atelier Étoile de Joël Robuchon (82 Avenue Marceau, at the upper part of the Champs-Elysées near the Arc de Triomphe), which boasts a Michelin star.

Although the Champs-Elysées has an image of refinement, there are many affordable places that cater to tourists and students on a budget, such as the Disney toy store, H&M clothing shop, Starbucks, Quick, Burger King, and McDonald’s.

Address: Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris (Métro: Champs-Élysées Clemenceau station to visit the Jardin des Champs-Élysées and Petit Palais, Franklin d. Roosevelt station for Laduree, George V station for the main shopping area).

5. Musée d’Orsay

This splendid collection of Impressionist art is beautifully presented in an expansive space (formerly the Belle Epoque-era Gare d’Orsay railway station). The collection represents the work of all the masters of Impressionism. The artists range from classic Impressionist masters Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-August Renoir to Post-Impressionist artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, and Vincent van Gogh; the Pointillists (Georges Seurat, Paul Signac); and Bohemian artists like Toulouse Lautrec.

Some of the museum’s most famous pieces include Claude Monet’s The MagpieGare Saint-Lazare, Poppy Field, and Luncheon on the Grass; Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait and Starry Night; and Renoir’s Dance at Moulin de la Galette, which depicts a festive party scene in Montmartre.

The Orsay Museum is among the best places to visit in Paris to get an overview of Impressionist art history—from the gentle brush strokes of Monet to the wild, colorful scenes of Gauguin. The museum also has two cafés and an upscale restaurant, which is worth the splurge. Formerly part of the Hôtel d’Orsay and listed as a Historic Monument, the museum’s restaurant features gilded ceilings and sparkling chandeliers.

6. Palais Garnier, Opéra National de Paris

Commissioned by Napoleon III in 1860, the Palais Garnier Opera House was designed by Charles Garnier in an exuberant Baroque style. Garnier worked tirelessly on the project for over a decade, from 1862 to 1875. Today, the opulent monument is a symbol of Napoleon’s Imperial regime.

The facade features classical columns and eight sculptures representing allegorical figures: Poetry, Music, Idyll, Recitation, Song, Drama, and Dance. The loggia depicts busts of composers, including Rossini, Beethoven, and Mozart, while the cupola is topped with a statue of Apollo with allegorical figures of Poetry and Music. Upon entering the building, visitors are dazzled by the lavish 11,000-square-meter interior. Most of the building’s space is dedicated to the grand foyer with its fabulous Grand Escalier, marble entrance staircase, adorned by ornate gilded lamps.

The auditorium has an intimate feel, although it can accommodate 2,105 people in its plush red-velvet seats. Gilded balconies, an enormous crystal chandelier, and a Chagall ceiling painting add to the theater’s marvelousness, creating the perfect dramatic backdrop for cultural performances.

For visitors looking for things to do at night in Paris, the Opéra Garnier hosts a prestigious calendar of events. Besides opera, there are ballet performances, classical music concerts, and gala events. Attending a performance is a wonderful way to see the building’s interior and enjoy a glamorous evening. Another option is to visit during the daytime (entry ticket required).

For a deeper understanding of the Paris Opera House and its rich cultural heritage, tourists should visit the Bibliotèchque-Musée de l’Opera (Library-Museum of the Opera House) located inside the building. The library and museum contain three centuries of archives, as well as exhibits dedicated to the art of opera. The museum’s permanent collection features drawings of costumes and scenery, scale models, and paintings of the building. The Opera House also has a boutique and a stylish contemporary restaurant, which serves Japanese-French fusion cuisine.

7. Place de la Concorde

Created between 1755 and 1775 by the architect of King Louis XV, this impressive octagonal square is at the heart of 18th-century Paris. With its majestic dimensions, the Place de la Concorde is one of the most attractive squares in the city. It was the scene of several key historical events, including the execution of King Louis XVI, and it was part of Napoleon’s triumphal route.

The square offers sensational views of the triumphal route towards the Arc de Triomphe and the Défense, and towards the Louvre, as well as to the Madeleine and the Palais-Bourbon. At the center is an Egyptian obelisk, which was presented to Charles X by the Viceroy of Egypt. During summer, there is a Ferris wheel here.

The Place de la Concorde is a busy intersection with heavy traffic, circulating at high speeds. French drivers don’t always pay attention to pedestrians, so tourists should make sure to get out of the way! To arrive at the Place de la Concorde, walk from the Louvre through the Jardin du Tuileries or the Rue du Rivoli, or follow the Quai along the Seine River. Alternatively take the Métro to Concorde station.

8. Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the French armies of the Revolution and the First Empire (Napoleonic Wars). Napoleon commissioned the building of this mighty structure in 1806 but did not live to see its completion in 1836. Designed by JF Chalgrin, the massive 50-meter-high arch features bas-reliefs with larger-than-life-size figures, which depict the departure, victories, and glorious return of the French armies.

Particularly noteworthy is the bas-relief by François Rude on the Champs-Elysées-facing side: Departure of the Volunteers of 1792, also known as The Marseillaise, illustrating the troops led by the winged spirit of Liberty. On the inner surface of the arch are the names of more than 660 generals and more than a hundred battles.

From the top of the monument, a viewing platform affords panoramic views of the 12 avenues that radiate from the Place de l’Etoile, including the route from the Champs-Elysées to Place de la Concorde and the Louvre. It’s possible to see all the way to La Défense, Montmartre, and the Eiffel Tower.

At the foot of the Arc de Triomphe is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, dedicated in 1921 as a memorial to an anonymous soldier (symbol of the many other unknown soldiers who valiantly died for their country during World War One without ever receiving recognition). The Flame of Remembrance was ignited on November 11th, 1923 and since that date has not ever been extinguished. Every evening at 6:30pm, a ritual takes place to rekindle the memorial flame at the tomb.

Today, events to honor national holidays are held at the Arc de Triomphe, including the November 11th (anniversary of the Armistice of 1918) ceremony commemorating those who perished in the war; the May 8th Fête de la Victoire (Victory Day) celebrating the end of WWII, and the liberation from Nazi occupation; as well as festivities for July 14th (Bastille Day).

Guided tours of the Arc de Triomphe are available in English, French, and Spanish. Another option is to take a Skip-the-Line Tour, which allows quick access to the monument, avoiding the long queues.

Address: Place Charles-de-Gaulle, 75008 Paris (Métro: Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile)

9. Seine River Cruises

To truly soak up the alluring ambience of Paris, tourists should try taking a boat cruise along the Seine River. Besides being one of the most enjoyable things to do while visiting the city, Seine River Cruises allow tourists to see the sights from a different perspective. The Seine River bridges, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum look stunning from the viewpoint of a riverboat.

While a daytime cruise allows tourists to appreciate the glory of the monuments brightened by sunshine, the most romantic experience is an evening cruise. After sunset, the city’s landmarks are illuminated, which creates a special effect, and somehow the city seems more magical. For a cruise that includes dinner, try the Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Cruise. This four-hour sightseeing journey departs near the Eiffel Tour, and guests are treated to a gourmet three-course meal.

10. Musical Concerts at Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle is rarely used for mass but often serves as a venue for music concerts. Listening to a choir or classical music performance in this space is an inspiring spiritual experience. Sainte-Chapelle is considered a rare jewel among medieval houses of worship and is certainly one of the most exquisite churches in Paris.

This masterpiece of Rayonnant Gothic architecture was built from 1242 to 1248 for King Louis IX (Saint Louis) to house the precious relics he had acquired from the Byzantine Emperor. The altar displays a relic of the Crown of Thorns.

The chapel is renowned for its breathtaking stained-glass windows, which give the sanctuary an iridescent glow and serene aura. (It’s recommended to visit in the morning and especially on sunny days to appreciate the windows at their most brilliant.) The chapel has 15 stained-glass windows (covering 600 square meters) depicting over 1,000 scenes from the bible, both Old Testament and New Testament stories. The colors and light symbolize divinity and the Heavenly Jerusalem.

Sainte-Chapelle is located in the Palais de la Cité. To find the chapel, enter the iron gate of the Palais de Justice and walk through the inner courtyard. Guided tours are available every day between 11am and 3pm.

Another attraction nearby is La Conciergerie (tourists may purchase combined entry tickets).

Address: 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris (Métro: Cité, Saint-Michel or Châtelet station)

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Dubai is the fourth most visited places in the world that is famous for the high-rising architectural wonders and excellent collection of resorts and spas. It is a place that was once the talk of the town for its stellar tower Burj Al Arab, only to be replaced by the Palm Jumeirah and today the staggering, Burj Khalifa. Lets just say, this city never stops growing and is on a rapid rise building futuristic towers as well as fascinating attractions. If you continue reading this list of tourist sites that I have prepared, you will be taken on a guided tour to some of Dubai’s best places to visit where you can find tons of fun things to do. Certainly, it is a holiday experience taken to another level, where there exist world’s largest gardens and markets; an entertaining venue filled with cultural shows; indoor aquatic world and lots more.

The top 10 must visit places you should not miss out on

Dubai Miracle Garden: World’s Largest Flower Garden

I bet, even the regular visitors cannot hide the tingling sensation in their feet while visiting the Miracle Garden in Dubailand which is one of most visited tourist attractions. And my only suggestion for you is to stop for a moment, take a deep breath and explode with excitement because why wouldn’t you! After all, this is the world’s largest flower garden that offers a visual treat to your eye with around 109 million flowers to witness, where you may take the whole day to admire and perhaps sniff the bubbly scent of the garden. Lets just say, Miracle Garden is without a doubt one of the most popular places to visit and is widely visited by nature lovers.

Bastakiya: The Old and Traditional Town of Dubai

Discover the other side of Dubai by visiting Bastakiya which is also known as Al Fahidi Historic District or Al Bastakia. It is located alongside Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Creek and is an ideal spot to take a heritage walk tour sightseeing the neighbourhood of Dubai. Here, the place offers an interesting insight into the Arabian culture. It is here you can explore the architectural wonder of the old houses, brown wooden doors, wind towers and white mosque making it is a worthy place to visit. This historical place, Bastakiya may even offer a tizzy feeling to the culture lovers and a soothing balm to the city’s otherwise modern silhouette. The old town of Dubai is open on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 to 12:00 and 9:00 to 10:30 on Saturdays.

Deira Souk: The Largest Gold Market in the World

The city of Dubai has a lot of souks (markets) but Deira is one ideal destination that every tourists enjoy visiting. Conveniently located close to Dubai Creek, it is said to have been established during 1830s, in fact, when you come here, you can still witness the old architecture style and the wooden archways in the market. But wait, let me tell you the best part and the only purpose of your entire trip here is probably to witness a variety of gold displayed on the shop windows and even better buying them with a constant though, you’d only wish you own them all! Besides the gold, the tourists and locals also come and take home varieties of other spices like cumin, saffron, frankincense, rose water and incense from the separate market situated adjacent to the Gold Souk.

Dubai Aquarium: The Biggest Underwater Aquatic Zoo

If you have seen enough of Dubai attractions, which I doubt will ever happen, you can head to one of the shopping centres, Dubai Mall and awe at the different marine species in the aquarium situated inside it. This tourist attraction is featured to be the largest aquarium in the world and it has approximately 140 variety of aquatic species. You can witness a few as you toddle the 48-meter long walk-through tunnel. However, to have even better experience, why not be a little adventurous and opt for a cage snorkeling and shark diving activities, it would create a life-long memorable experience. Other activities that may suit leisure travellers or elders is taking a glass bottom boat tours.

Global Village: An All Night Extravaganza with Entertainment, Food and Shopping

One of Dubai’s most popular tourist destinations, Global Village is the best place to be with friends and family. As the night falls, the entire village lights up in colourful and decorative bulbs offering an exciting ambience. With a variety of different pavilions each offering a cultural attraction of varied countries, this place is certainly a must visit. Visit the Egypt pavilion to buy some antiquities and (Jalabiyia) their traditional dresses; Oman to buy Omani fashion accessories, China for their colourful floral clothes and Africa pavilion for hand-carved artifacts. You can also get exquisite carpets from Iran and ethnic clothing from India and Pakistan’s pavilions. I bet, an evening spent here will lift your spirits high as you attend stage shows; get entertained; and end a perfect evening by savouring different country’s cuisine.

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: Home to the Arabian Gazelle

A bit of a city break is much needed even if you came solely for a city tour because there are a couple of nature tourist sites you just have to go explore in Dubai. One such fabulous place, a popular wildlife destination where you can find indigenous species of animals is Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Species like sand gazelles, mountain gazelles and Arabian oryx are introduced to tourists in this reserve. Covering a land of 225-sq-km, here you can get access to one of the four zones, via travel guides or tour operators, i.e. if you plan a quick day tour. However, if you decide to stay in their luxurious wildlife resort, the remaining three are accessible to the resort guests.

Alserkal Art District: A Gathering Place for Artists and Art Lovers

One of the best places to visit in Dubai for art connoisseurs and lovers, Alserkal Art District is becoming a popular hub. Plan a visit here and visit a number of contemporary art galleries, while some are smaller start-ups, there are a few well established galleries like the Ayyam Gallery, Green Art Gallery and The Third Line. This district plays like a platform for new talents and helps in highlighting beautiful art works. In fact, Alserkal Art District also has a mishmash of restaurants and fashion boutiques opened by local designers. For certain, you can feel a livelier vibe, completely different from the other tourist spots, more artsy with a feel-good ambience.

Dubai Opera: A Cultural and Light-Hearted Entertainment Venue

When we speak of entertainment, the city of Dubai is not short of it but one popular tourist attraction that can’t be missed is the Dubai Opera located in downtown Dubai. For a night activity in Dubai, this is one of the places worth visiting for music entertainment where you can find muse in their opera shows, ballet, comedy nights, concerts and even classical instrument plays. Dubai Opera is one of a kind, an astonishing architectural beauty that can seat up to 2000 cultural aficionados. Come anytime of the year, and find various plays performed in the different musical theater here. There is also a rooftop eatery serving lip-smacking multiple cuisines.

Bur Dubai Grand Mosque: Architectural Marvel of Dubai

You may find a blend of nationalities in Dubai with a mix of pilgrimage places to visit but one most popular shrine in Dubai is none other than the Grand Mosque. This architectural marvel comes under the eight biggest mosque in the world and the biggest in UAE, it was here the first ever function of the memorial service of Sheikh Zayed, the former president of UAE was held. It is unlikely that the visitors would not adore this place, even from afar, this prestigious treasure of Dubai glows in bright royal blue light at night. And it is probably one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the world. The corridors of the mosque are surrounded by the biggest lights in the world with 24 carat gold glazed on the pillars designed like a leaf facing earthward.

Dubai Museum: Home to the Historical Artifacts and Legendary Artworks

The oldest structure in the city, Al Fahidi Fort is probably one of the go-to-destinations in Dubai and if you happen to be a history buff, Dubai Museum is conveniently located inside the premises. Here, you can learn about the evolution of Dubai right from being a tiny deserted fishing village to becoming one of the futuristic states. Inside, there are images and artifacts of the Bedouin life and the importance of sea before the discovery of oil. There are also a number of archaeological findings displayed in Dubai Museum. I can say, this is the best place for educational tours with your children and even elders with a keen interest in Arabian nomadic life.

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Fall Activities In MN (Minnesota), a place full of the picturesque, vast wilderness that begs to be discovered. If you aren’t a resident but feel the call of the wild, it’s an amazing opportunity to get lost in some of its many dense forests, rolling hills, and beautiful lakes.

In my opnion Minnesota natural beauty is at its best during fall, when the yellow and orange colors paint the whole landscape in a new light. During the fall, there are many unique festivals and events throughout Minnesota, and there’s never a shortage of things to see and do.

Here are some of our picks for the most interesting fall activities in MN you can try out:

Apple Picking

Apples are a very simple but uniquely beloved treat in Minnesota. There are many orchards where you can participate in apple picking and sample the fruit. There are multiple festivals during the fall that attract many customers throughout the state. It can be a lovely diversion that a whole family can participate in.

If you’re a tourist who’s still exploring Minessota, you can start at the Aamodt’s Apple Farm. These tours can be surprisingly elaborate for newcomers. They offer packages for school and church groups at a discount, have apple bakeries with apple-based treats and other merchandise. Some even include hot air balloon rides around the premises!

Another option is the Afton Apple Orchard that also grows blueberries, cherries, and raspberries. This is an ideal one to bring your kids to as they have a great playground and a petting farm.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins are another local favorite in Minnesota. You can explore various pumpkin patches as a part of the autumn fall ritual. The best patches stand out with the healthiest, plump pumpkins. This trend kicks off every year, especially during Halloween, when pumpkins become a valuable commodity.

One of the pumpkin patches we can recommend is the Anoka Country Farms. Similar to apple orchards, these farms also offer other activities and snacks for you to grab. There are pony rides for children, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, and others. You can also buy other vegetables here as the selection isn’t limited only to pumpkins.

Amazing Museums

Minnesota is full of lovely museums that should definitely be a part of your route. The rich rural culture of the state gave birth to many local curiosities means there’s never a lack of material for exhibitions. There are some dedicated to Minnesota’s history in St. Paul, so you can track the development through time.

There’s a lot to discover here, like the history of the Native Americans, the Rondo Community, or the earliest forms of industry. The museum is famous throughout the world for modern art pieces that attract huge crowds to Minnesota annually. The exhibits are dynamic and switch around often, so the next time you visit, it might be a completely different experience.

Another unique one is the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, that’s filled with Russian artifacts. They make it really easy to appreciate the beauty of Russia from a continent away.

Enjoy a Nice Drive and the Autumn Leaves

Minnesota is arguably at its most beautiful in autumn. The varied terrain and landscapes really shine during this time of year and highlight the natural beauty of the country. There’s also no shortage of drives to choose from and plenty of variety between them.

The Iron Range Loop goes around Minnesota’s highest bridge and provides a backdrop of dense forests and clean air. You can also explore the Soudan Underground Mine on foot if you take a break on this drive. Then there’s the Oberg Mountain loop that coils around hills and valleys with many smaller hiking trails along the route.

Live Music – Dakota Jazz Club

Out of the many jazz clubs that exist throughout Minnesota, the Dakota Jazz Club is probably the most famous one. The club is also a restaurant, and their food is nearly as famous as the club’s amazing music.

You can catch some big names like Ahmed Jamal, McCoy Tyner, or Ramsey Lewis in there. The club is located in downtown Minneapolis, and it was opened back in 1985. It has been a favorite for jazz lovers and musicians throughout the country ever since.

Craft Beer Tasting

All the beer connoisseurs among that find their way to Minnesota, be sure to check out the long-standing Craft Beer Festival. Beer as a beverage has an ancient tradition dating back thousands of years into the past. It was always a drink of choice for crowds and social gatherings, and that remains true even today.

The Craft Beer Tour is one of the many festivals dedicated to this world-famous beverage, and there you can indulge in beer tasting, socializing, and experiencing what the community has to offer. It usually takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and hosts over a hundred breweries. It’s not uncommon to find over 500 types of beer at these events

There are few better opportunities to meet new people knowing there’s at least one thing you have in common.

Watch a Vikings Football Game

Minnesota Vikings are the national sports team based in Minneapolis and are well-beloved throughout the country. If you find yourself there, try to catch one of their games to witness the passionate crowds that always attend these events. This is a must for all fans of football as Vikings are a famous team even outside Minnesota.

There’s also the Vikings Museum that pays homage to the club’s history and accomplishments. The museum preserves their long-standing tradition and is very popular with the fans, and if you’re not a fan yet it just might be enough to convert you!

Boom Island Park

Boom Island Park is a wonderful slice of nature in the heart of Minneapolis. It casts a view on the downtown city area and the riverside with fresh air immediately noticeable upon arrival. The park has many picnic spots to accommodate whole families, along with walking trails and restroom facilities.

The park is also a great choice for riding a bike. There are multiple set paths for biking, where you can still enjoy clean air in an urban environment. Also, the 10th annual Minneapolis Bike Tour started and ended on the Boom Island, which affirms the value of the island for all bike riders.

You can also schedule birthdays on the island and get a permit for half a day or a whole day. The prices are $125 and $250 respectively, and the area is pretty popular with children for all kinds of events.

Go Shopping!

Shopping is an inevitable part of any journey, and can often be the most enjoyable one. Regardless of what you’re trying to buy, you can start your shopping trip in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area. There you can find a plethora of shops and boutiques, many owned by local artists and designers.

If you intend to buy some unique Minnesota products and souvenirs, or if you just like the support local talent, this would the place to start. As the state is famous for its outdoors, the pine forests, and the lakes, most of the local products conform to this style. You can find authentic hats, scarves, lumberjack-inspired clothing, anoraks, and coats that all follow this aesthetic.

Visit Local Markets

Minnesota has a lot of fresh produce that you can buy at any local market. The Farmers’ Markets in St. Paul are one such place, and there you can find safe and fresh local produce. These markets attempt to combine the locally grown food with the products from the neighboring communities; all sold under the same umbrella.

Visit Minnehaha Falls

If you still crave some natural beauty after your visit to Boom Island Park, Minnehaha Falls are an excellent choice. It shares a similar setting and is one of the most stunning urban waterfalls in the whole of the U.S. The best way to appreciate the area is to take a walking tour that will take you through the noteworthy landmarks.

Minnehaha Falls are about 53 feet tall, and the name means “waterfall” in the Dakota language. The falls are amazing throughout the year, and they particularly shine during winter. When the waterfall freezes, it creates a sort of an ice cave and reflects the rainbow-like colors inside. It really is a magical sight.

Another landmark you’ll see is the house of John Stevens. He was the first non-Native settler to arrive in Minnesota, and therefore his house is first authorized one in the whole territory. There’s also the Minnehaha Garden, which provides an amazing view of the waterfall itself.

Taylors Falls Hiking in Interstate Park

Taylor Falls is only a short drive away from Minneapolis, and it’s a paradise for all hikers and nature-lovers. The falls are a part of the Interstate Park, which is partly located in Wisconsin as well.

They have the so-called nature guards, who can help point you in the right direction to start your hiking journey. Be sure to consult with them as there are are a few potholes you can walk into if you’re not careful. There’s a lot to explore here, and all the trails are relatively tame to walk through, so it isn’t too demanding physically.

Food Truck Festival

One of Minnesota’s famous local attractions is the food truck festival that takes place in St. Paul. As the name implies, this is one of the most savory events you can attend. Fair hours start at 12 pm and close down around 10 pm in the evening. During that time, you’ll get the chance to sample various delicacies and flavors from a huge range of cuisines on offer.

Aside from the local food, there also serve British, Japanse, Indian, and many other dishes. Live music complements every whole event and adds to the atmosphere. Parts of the profit from these events usually go to charity through certain items or tickets you can buy.

Fall Festivals in Minnesota

Minnesota has a plethora of festivals during fall, all of which are sprawling social events that offer something for everyone. Most of them are family-oriented, and all are welcoming for tourists from around the world, so don’t hesitate to attend any of these even if you aren’t a part of the community!

Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze

This festival provides the definitive fall experience in Minnesota. It celebrates everything that the state is already known for. It’s a great choice for a festival if you’re planning on bringing your kids, as there are many activities they can enjoy. Things like the corn maze, animal petting zoos, hayrides, giant slides into a corn pit are all children’s favorites.

There’s live music and plenty of food and drink to go around. The festival basically celebrates Minnesota at its best and highlights the authentic everyday life. As its name implies, it is celebrated in Minneapolis and St. Paul and goes on from September 21 through to October 27.

Oktoberfest

Another festival that shines in Minnesota is Oktoberfest. It goes on for two weekends at the start of October, and it’s celebrated throughout the state. It’s a centuries-old festival that started in Munich, Germany in 1810, and is still beloved today.

The main locations that celebrate the event are the Historic Downtown, the Morgan Creek Vineyards, and Grin Mill, among others. Oktoberfest in Minnesota often ranks as the best in the country, and it’s definitely worthy of your time. There’s a variety of bands to listen to, goods to buy, and tons of food and drink to sample.

Oktoberfest is free and covers the weekends between the 2nd and the 10th of October.

Halloween

Halloween needs no introductions as it is probably the most famous holiday in the whole world. However, it is best-experienced right in Minnesota, as the country’s whole aesthetic is a perfect fit for Halloween. Pumpkins, orchards, expansive forests, and fields all go hand in hand with the spirit of the holiday.

It officially starts on the 31st of October, and activities begin around late evening. Around that time, you’ll start seeing zombies, ghosts, mummies, and other ghoulish costumes pop up along with their treat baskets. Halloween is a favorite both for children and adults, as it allows them to relive childhood memories.

When it comes to Minnesota, there are many places where you can celebrate Halloween through a host of activities they offer. There’s the Scream Town with its scary attractions, Wabasha Street Cave Tours, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular that takes place within a Zoo, the Haunted Basement theater experience, and many others.

Watch a Classic Horror Movie

If you’re already celebrating Halloween at some of the festivals, you can take the time to visit some of Minnesota’s finest theatres and see some classic horror movies. It’s a perfect time to immerse yourself in a terrifying atmosphere while costumed crowds roam outside. Some of the theaters we can recommend are The Parkway, Riverview, or the Uptown Theatre.

ValleySCARE: The Great Pumpkin Fest

Of all the festivals on this list, the Great Pumpkin Fest is the absolute best for kids or anyone young at heart. There is an endless stream of activities, all with a different spin on Halloween. There are dance shows with famous Halloween figures, Chateau Tours through haunted mazes with a friendly vampire guide, the Sinister Circus with costumed acrobatics, and much more.

You can get a daily ticket for $34 that allows you to participate in all activities, or a seasonal $90 gold pass through multiple smaller payments.

Autumn Woods Classic

Autumn Woods traditionally takes place every fall and is a perfect example of a “fun for the whole family” type of event. Everyone is welcome to join the marathon, both the young beginners and seasoned veterans. The whole event has a light atmosphere where fun takes priority over competition.

The entry fee for the race is $5 at the lowest, and there is no prize money to further cement the casual tone of the race. The best thing about it is that it takes place in the beautiful Elm Creek Park Reserve near Minneapolis. The whole park shines during fall when orange leaves take over the picturesque scenery.

Fall on the Farm

Another family-friendly event that celebrates fall and everything that comes with it. This celebration aims to recreate older times back in 1900 when farmers held long harvests to prepare for the upcoming winter.

There are all sorts of activities you can participate in, like pulling veggies from the gardens, pumpkin mask crafting, pressing cider, cooking on traditional wood stoves, and many others. Fall on the Farm takes place at the Eidem Homestead, and the price is $6 with a discount for children.

Fall Festival on Main Street

This one is a slightly different take on Halloween that’s also suitable for the whole family. The festival takes place at Arbor Lakes in Minnesota and starts on the 29th of October late in the evening. There’s everything you can think of that is associated with Halloween.

Trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, colorful and scary costumes, and various art exhibitions. You can attend a costume contest which should give you the incentive to have the scariest one at the festival. There are also non-profit organizations like C.R.O.S.S, where you can donate long-lasting food items for families in need.

Banff Film Festival

For film buffs, there’s the Banff Film Festival World Tour every November. The tour visits Minneapolis and lasts for two days, with films starting at 7:30 pm. It started in Banff, Alberta, and has since expanded into a much bigger event that promotes over 300 films every year.

It’s open to everyone, including children older than seven-years-old, and the tickets go for $15. Not all movies are appropriate for all ages though, so be sure to check beforehand which ones you should attend.

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