9 Best Sightseeing Tours in Minnesota

Minnesota is a vast, diverse state, with a whole lot of things to see from historic sites to stunning natural landscapes. A great way to maximize your sightseeing time, whether you’re interested in history or all the natural beauty the state has to offer, is to take a tour. These are a few of our favorite sightseeing tours in the North Star State! 

1. Stillwater Trolley, Stillwater, MN

The best way to see the North Star State’s first city is a Stillwater Trolley tour. From Victorian mansions and historic sites to some of the striking natural features that lured settlers to the area in the first place, riders will not be disappointed with a Stillwater Trolley tour. Younger visitors will definitely enjoy the on of the Storytime Trolley tours.

2. Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, Taylors Falls, MN

The Dalles of the St. Croix River are the basalt walls of the St. Croix River gorge, carved into vertical cliffs and formations by thousands of years of water erosion. Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours are an excellent way to see this stunning part of the St. Croix from the water.

3. Above the Falls Sports Kayaking Tours, Minneapolis, MN

An awesome way to explore Minneapolis is by kayaking the Mississippi River as it winds through the city. Above the Falls Sports offers a few different tours, including one through the gorge to Minnehaha Falls, one in the area above St. Anthony Falls, and a downstream run from Coon Rapids to downtown Minneapolis.

4. Saint Paul Gangster Tour, St. Paul, MN

Although not as well known as Al Capone’s Chicago or the New York of the Gambino family, organized crime had a firm hold on the Twin Cities in the first half of the 20th century. The Saint Paul Gangster Tour takes participants on a journey of the famous sites and personalities of the period when gangsters held sway in the state’s capitol city.

5. Duluth Experience Kayaking Tours, Duluth, MN

Duluth became the city that it is for one reason: Water. The iron ore deposits that were discovered in Northern Minnesota during the 1800s would have had little commercial value without a way to ship them to the factories that would put the metal to use. Thus, the Port of Duluth was born. So, clearly, one of the best ways to explore the city is by water. You can do just that with a Duluth Experience kayak tour.

6. Old Order Amish Country Tour, Rochester, MN

Southeastern Minnesota is home to several thriving Amish communities. While they maintain a rustic existence apart from the everyday modernity of the 21st century United States, many Amish families make a living by selling crafts and produce. The Old Amish Country Tour enables you to explore what it’s like to be Amish in modern America while supporting these communities in their way of life. 

7. Endurance Kennels Dogsled Tours, Duluth, MN

In the great North Woods, winter reveals a lot of the areas rugged beauty that summer conceals. A dogsled tour enables you to experience Minnesota’s wildest region using the same mode of transportation that fur traders used in the winters of yore. Endurance Kennels can you up so you can get your mush on.

8. Prince: The Tour, Waconia, MN

Perhaps the Twin Cities’ most beloved icon, Prince is definitely one of Minnesota’s best-known sons. On Prince: The Tour, participants visit all of the area’s sites and venues that are most-often associated with the late pop star, including First Ave. and Paisley Park. 

9. North Shore Scenic Railroad, Duluth, MN

Running between Duluth and Two Harbors, the North Shore Scenic Railroad offers regularly-scheduled tours, as well as thematic train rides geared around holidays and seasons. Riders will drink up views of Lake Superior and its North Shore, while informative narration fills them in on the region’s rich natural and human history.  

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