15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Minnesota

With a Canadian border and the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, Minnesota is a perfect Midwestern destination for nature lovers. While the Twin Cities is a main tourist attraction, why not leave urban spaces behind and explore the Lake State? Minnesota is home to more than 10,000 lakes and lush countryside begging to be seen and photographed. Explore Minnesota’s towns, filled with Midwestern charm and European roots.

Check out our list of these 15 irresistible small towns in Minnesota:

1. Biwabik, Minnesota

Biwabik, Minnesota

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Biwabik, Minnesota

Located in Saint Louis County, Biwabik derives its name from the Ojibwe word for Iron, Biwabik-nabik-wan. Surrounded by lakes and water, Biwabik is a perfect getaway from those needing some tranquility. This charming small town retains the relaxed pace of years gone by, and is even the town that inspired a classic children’s book, Honk, the Moose! Come spend a few days out at the Giants Ridge Recreational Area to play a round of golf or ski in the winter; Biwabik is a perfect nature retreat.

Enjoy the town’s architecture when you arrive – many buildings were inspired by Bavaria and Scandinavia since the original settlers of the area were mostly from Finland and Germany. The buildings combined with the scenic mountains give the town an alpine village feel, almost like you were transported to the Alps. Visit Honk the Moose statue or relax over a drink at Dave’s Alpine Bar.

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15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Minnesota:

Lindstrom, Minnesota

  • Biwabik, Minnesota: flickr
  • Bear Head Lake State Park, Ely, Minnesota: wikipedia
  • Grand Marais, Minnesota: flickr
  • Lanesboro, Minnesota: mcknight.org
  • Lindstrom, Minnesota: wikimedia
  • Souix Quartzite ridge and the hiking trail at Pipestone National Monument: flickr
  • Red Wing, Minnesota: flickr
  • Stillwater, Minnesota: flickr
  • Riverboat Cruise, Taylors Falls, Minnesota: flickr
  • Lake City, Minnesota: flickr
  • Henderson, Minnesota: flickr
  • New Ulm, Minnesota: flickr
  • Nisswa, Minnesota: flickr
  • Northfield, Minnesota: flickr
  • Near Houston, Minnesota: flickr
  • Lindstrom, Minnesota: flickr