Minnesota

Itineraries:

Central Minnesota Shopping

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. DAY ONE 5 – 7:00pm Wine and dine this evening at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery in Kimball, MN. Choose from a variety of food items to accommodate your group, take a ride through the vineyard, explore the process of winemaking, and end with… Read more »


Nordic Ware Factory Store

A Well-Known Name in Minnesota and Around the World St. Louis Park, MN Founded in 1946, Nordic Ware is a family-owned, American manufacturer of an extensive line of quality cookware, bakeware, microwave and grilling products, and specialty kitchenware that is distributed worldwide. Do you own a Bundt® pan? Nordic Ware is most famous for their… Read more »


Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2018

Open Weekends: Mid-August – Early October Labor Day & Festival Friday (Rain or Shine) Bring your groups to the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States! With endless shopping, nonstop entertainment, never-ending food, demos, themed weekends, and the feeling you’ve stepped back in time, there is never a dull moment here in Shakopee, MN. The… Read more »


Going Back to St. Cloud’s Roots

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. St. Cloud invites your groups to learn about the cultural significance of central Minnesota. Discover how a variety of cultures and ethnicities have shaped the history of this storied region. DAY ONE 9 – 10:00am Explore the famous grasshopper plagues of the 1870s with… Read more »


Gammelgården Museum: A Tribute to Swedish Immigrants

Scandia, MN What was life like for early Swedish immigrants in Minnesota? What did they bring with them from across the ocean? What did they leave behind? What awaited them at their destination? Learn how these early families lived, worked, and played back in Minnesota’s frontier days on your visit to the Gammelgården Museum in… Read more »


Bluffscape Amish Tours: A Step Back in Time

Lanesboro, MN Bluffscape Amish Tours of Lanesboro will take your group on a fun, educational experience through the Amish countryside of southeastern Minnesota. Your tour will depart from Lanesboro and travel to an Amish farm community where you will browse Amish-made quilts, stop at an Amish farmers market filled with fresh baked and canned goods, peruse… Read more »


Living History at the Big Island Rendezvous & Festival

October 7-8, 2017 – Albert Lea, MN Voted one of the “Best 100 Festivals in North America” by the American Bus Association and voted one of Minnesota’s top 25 festivals, this interactive event brings pioneer history to life. Hundreds of re-enactors from all over the United States arrive in Albert Lea each October to recreate… Read more »


Taylor Falls Scenic Boat Tours at Wild Mountain

Taylors Falls, MN Since 1906, tourists by the thousands have enjoyed the scenic beauty of the world famous Dalles of the St. Croix River by excursion boat. This fleet of excursion boats includes the Taylors Falls Queen and the Taylors Falls Princess. The Princess can carry up to 250 passengers, while the Queen holds up… Read more »


Lutsen Mountains

Lutsen, MN A tour around Lake Superior and the North Shore would not be complete without a visit to Lutsen Mountains and a ride on the Midwest’s only gondola. Ride over the Poplar River Valley and through vast woodlands. Once you are at the top of Moose Mountain, visit the Summit Chalet and explore the… Read more »


A Central MN Mississippi Experience

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. 10:00am – 1:00pm Start off your adventure at Millner Heritage Winery in Kimball, MN. This winery is a celebration of Austrian and Hungarian heritage. Choose from a riding vineyard tour or a winery tour—or do both! Taste ripe grapes and journey through the process… Read more »


Treat Your Group to a Little Paradise

By Kathleen Somers Which would you rather do: follow your brother into the family business so you can hang outdoor signage in minus-twenty-degree Minnesota winters, or spend your workday cruising beautiful Lake Minnetonka every Minnesota summer? Dave Lawrence was a young man in his twenties when faced with just that sort of choice. No dummy… Read more »


Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen

Lake Minnetonka | Mississippi River  Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Mississippi River, the Minneapolis skyline, and the Lake Minnetonka area. Cruises range from delicious lunch and dinner cruises to narrated sightseeing tours and special events. Minneapolis Queen Paddleboat Groups can enjoy a narrated sightseeing cruise on a modern day replica of the grand riverboats… Read more »


Northfield: A Classic American River Town

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. DAY ONE 10:00am – 12:00pm Spend your morning outdoors strolling through Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum. The 150-acre forest and prairie restorations provide excellent bird and wildlife watching. 12 – 1:30pm You must be hungry! Enjoy a group lunch at Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café. With a wide variety… Read more »


A Superior Tour Along Highway 61

The world-renowned North Shore Scenic Drive Byway is a journey through breathtaking wilderness along the shorelines of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Stretching 142 miles north from Duluth to Grand Portage, this section of U.S. Highway 61 is nationally designated as an “All-American Road.” View lighthouses, waterfalls, state parks, and friendly shoreline communities on this unforgettable… Read more »

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Rivers & Wine in the South Metro

This sample itinerary is best during the spring and summer months. DAY ONE 10:00am – 12:00pm Step aboard the Jonathan Padelford this morning. The Padelford Packet Boat Company offers your groups a unique experience on one of the few truly authentic sternwheelers on the Mississippi River. Spot bald eagles, egrets, herons and falcons as your… Read more »


Afton House Inn & Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines

Afton, MN  The historic Afton House Inn & Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines welcome group tours to immerse themselves in the scenic St. Croix River Valley. The Afton House Inn is the oldest operating inn in the state of Minnesota. This accommodation was built in 1867 and is rich in history. The inn provides a perfect setting… Read more »


The Great River Road of Central Minnesota

This sample itinerary is best during the summer months, but can be customized for any time of year. Located in Central Minnesota, the St. Cloud area offers many ways to view and enjoy the Mississippi River. This inviting destination, just an hour from the Twin Cities, will provide your groups with a warm and memorable… Read more »


A Classic American River Town

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Along the banks of the Cannon River lies the charming Minnesota town of Northfield. With its 150 years of history, art, culture and education, Northfield offers something for everyone. DAY ONE 11:00am – 1:00pm Enjoy lunch at one of Northfield’s newest restaurants: Fielders Choice… Read more »


Stay in Eagan

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.  Eagan is just a short drive to all that the Twin Cities have to offer. With many group-friendly hotels that offer on-site motorcoach parking and easy freeway access, Eagan is a great place to stay with your groups. Just 10 minutes from the Mall… Read more »


You’ll Come to Love Worthington

This sample itinerary is best during the spring & summer months, but can be customized for any time of year. Worthington welcomes you! Conveniently located on Interstate 90, Worthington is minutes away from the South Dakota and Iowa borders. DAY ONE 11:00am – 2:00pm Welcome to one of the finest automotive collections in the upper… Read more »


Visiting the Willmar Lakes Area

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Offering a variety of attractions and activities for your group to tour, the Willmar Lakes Area has everything you need! Home to great historical museums, unique specialty shops, theaters, wineries, attractions, and exciting events, Willmar is the perfect group destination. DAY ONE 11:00am –… Read more »


Wabasha Street Caves

What better way to show your groups the history of St. Paul than with the Wabasha Street Caves? Carved out of sandstone and dating back to the 1840s, these caves have been used for numerous activities including: growing mushrooms, storage of food and belongings, music, and dancing. Legend has it that gangsters Ma Barker &… Read more »


Central MN Brewery Tours

This sample itinerary is best during the summer months.  DAY ONE 10:00am – 2:00pm Clear Waters Outfitting Company offers a variety of options for group fun. Whatever your group’s aquatic interests may be—canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks, or stand up paddleboards—they have what you need for a great time. The most popular option for groups is either… Read more »


Along the Banks of the Cannon River

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Situated along the scenic Cannon River, just south of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and northwest of Rochester, you will find the Northfield area. Whether you enjoy history, the arts, nature, or shopping, you’ll find everything you need in this classic American river town. Discover… Read more »


A Cosmic Experience at MN State University Moorhead

Explore the planets and the known universe at the Planetarium at Minnesota State University Moorhead. At the heart of the planetarium is an Elumenati digital projector with UniView data visualization software. The result is a multimedia presentation that will awe, amaze, entertain and educate viewers of all ages. The planetarium has two different types of… Read more »


Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2016

Open Weekends August 20th – October 2nd Labor Day & Festival Friday (Rain or Shine) The Minnesota Renaissance Festival began in September of 1971 on a 22-acre field in Jonathan, MN. More than 25,000 people visited the two-weekend grand opening of the festival, then named “A Celebration of Nature, Art, and Life!” That celebration has… Read more »


Escape to Lutsen Mountains

Lutsen is the perfect balance of proximity; close enough to many attractions and cities, yet far enough to take you a world away. A tour around Lake Superior or along the North Shore is not complete without riding on the Midwest’s only aerial tramway. This scenic gondola brings your groups over the Poplar River valley… Read more »


Twin Cities Sports Cards

Golden Valley, MN Imagine a small-town gathering place where people can go and linger and discuss ideas. No pressure. Just friends: sharing, remembering, laughing and looking…maybe even buying. A place with the warm hometown feel of Floyd’s Barbershop in Mayberry R.F.D., the welcoming greeting that Norm gets at Cheers, and the eye candy excitement of… Read more »


Adventure Begins in Eagan

This sample itinerary is best during the spring, summer & fall months, but can be customized for any time of year. DAY ONE 3 – 7:00pm Start your adventure at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. With nearly 2,000 acres, this beautiful park offers miles of trails and lakes for year-round outdoor sports, recreation, and… Read more »


Drive A Tank: A Mini-Military Adventure

Written by: Kathleen Somers One of the great satisfactions of working with groups is making people happy. Often times it’s the little things that accomplish that: value added items, games played on the bus, meeting new friends, special treatments like receptions or treats at destinations; those wonderful special touches that allow your caring ways and… Read more »


Roam Around Buffalo

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Welcome to Buffalo, Minnesota! This hidden gem, just 45 minutes west of Minneapolis/St. Paul, is known for its quaint historic downtown, lake beauty, and rural charm. Home of the original Occasional Shops, visitors are spellbound by over 20 shops offering occasional sales—some are open… Read more »


Adventure Awaits in Albert Lea

This sample itinerary is best during the spring, summer & fall months, but can be customized for any time of year. Welcome to Albert Lea! Conveniently located on I-90 & I-35, this “Land Between the Lakes” is the center for all your group adventures. DAY ONE 10:00am – 1:00pm Travel to nearby Austin, MN for… Read more »


Explore Granite County

This sample itinerary is best during the warmer months, but can be customized for any time of year. We invite you to enjoy Central Minnesota, home to St. Cloud and the Central Lakes area. This inviting Minnesota destination will provide your groups with a warm and memorable experience. DAY ONE 11:00am – 2:00pm Your day begins in St…. Read more »


Come One, Come All to Northfield

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Along the scenic bank of the Cannon River, lies charming Northfield, Minnesota. With its 150 years of history, art, culture and education, Northfield offers something for everyone. DAY ONE 10:00am – 12:00pm Start your morning off in Northfield at the beautiful Japanese Garden located… Read more »


Chill Out in Eagan!

Winters in Minnesota aren’t for the faint-hearted or the easily cold, but winter in Eagan, Minnesota is extremely special and made for the best kind of people. It may be for the mere fact that there is so much to do indoors or outdoors, but there are a few certain things that really make Eagan… Read more »


The Land Between Lakes

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Nestled between lakes Albert Lea and Fountain, Albert Lea has appropriately been dubbed “The Land Between the Lakes.” Offering the best year-round recreational activities and tours, your groups will love this small-town community that boasts big-city amenities.   DAY ONE 10:00am – 12:00pm Welcome… Read more »


City Nights & Northern Lights

A 14-Day Two-Nation Sample Itinerary From the Itineraries Midwest Spring 2009 Issue Travel to one of the most diverse and unspoiled destinations on the North American continent. The northern lights still appear in the night skies in remote areas, yet the cities offer a wealth of entertainment and shopping temptations. Great for groups of all… Read more »


Set Yourself Free

If you are looking for something a little different, you’ll find it in Granite Country! Located between the Twin Cities and Fargo/Moorhead, the St. Cloud and Central Lakes area is a convenient place for a “hub-n-spoke” touring adventure with your group. The communities next to St. Cloud want to charm your groups, and the experienced… Read more »


Minnesota River Valley Byway Bits

FARMS & RED BARNS What do the Jolly Green Giant, a millionaire’s estate, and a 100-year-old “Century Farm” have in common? They’re all here along the Byway! Near Redwood Falls is the Gilfillan Estate. Tour the mansion, the large farm museum, and attend FarmFest—a huge agricultural festival held every August. Minnesota’s Machinery Museum in Hanley… Read more »


This is Northfield

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. This picturesque town is located along the Cannon River, south of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Groups are invited to enjoy all that Northfield has to offer. DAY ONE 10 – 11:30am Spend your morning strolling through Northfield’s Japanese Garden, located on the campus of… Read more »


Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Weekends in late August through early October Experience the Realm through one-of-a-kind events your groups can enjoy every weekend. Along with 7 themed weekends, the Renaissance Festival includes a Mermaid Cove, Dr. Thora Pandora’s Chemistry Experience, Fairy Wing Forest, Wishing Well, Cupcake Battle, Fairy House Competition, Throne of Swords and Maypole Dancing. With 250 artisan… Read more »


Enjoy What Eagan Has to Offer

Being just 15 minutes from either downtown and in close proximity to the region’s top attractions, Eagan is THE place to stay for your Minneapolis-St. Paul area vacation. Eagan is home of Twin Cities Premium Outlets® and just 5 minutes from MSP Airport, Mall of America® and its major attractions of Nickelodeon Universe® and Sea… Read more »


History Cruises & Happy Days in Albert Lea

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. DAY ONE 10:00am – 12:00pm Spend your morning with the Alpacas of Oak Knoll Farms. Interact and take photos with these lovable creatures and check out the store! Tours of the farm will include history and a lesson on how their wool is used…. Read more »


Explore Historic Worthington

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Welcome to Worthington. Conveniently located along Interstate 90 in the southwest corner of the state, groups will find many attractions, lodging, restaurants and shops just waiting to be explored. DAY ONE 10:00am – 12:00pm Discover a symbol of Worthington’s early years this morning at… Read more »


Finding Owatonna’s Roots

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.   Shop, dine, and stay in Owatonna! Located just one hour south of the Twin Cities on I-35, their history & attractions make it worth the trip every time. DAY ONE 10:00am – 12:00pm Welcome to Owatonna! Start out your visit with the Historic… Read more »



Sail Away to Worthington!

This sample itinerary works best during June’s Windsurfing Regatta, but can be customized for any time of year.   DAY ONE 12:30 – 1:30pm The city tour will get your group excited for a fun-filled day in Worthington.   1:30 – 2:30pm The Historic Dayton House is a genuine showcase of Worthington’s early days and… Read more »


Discover the Beauty of Stillwater

This sample itinerary is best during the warmer months, but can be customized for any time of year. DAY ONE 10:30am – 1:00pm Welcome to historic Stillwater, “The Birthplace of Minnesota!” Jump on the Stillwater Trolley for a cruise down Historic Main Street. Browse the boutiques and historic buildings along the way. Swing into Rafter’s… Read more »


From Onions to Fashion, Eagan Has It All!

Explore a suburban community that was once known as “The Onion Capital of the United States”—Eagan, Minnesota—and experience what has now become “Where the World is Stopping for Shopping.” In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Eagan was rich in onion farming, with an average yield of ten tons per acre! You’d be correct in… Read more »


Welcome to Granite Country

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.   Creativity is key to the success of your group tour. The St. Cloud Area Convention & Visitors Bureau takes pride in helping you plan the perfect getaway for your group.   DAY ONE 12 – 2:00pm A beautiful feature of St. Cloud is… Read more »