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Monday, November 18th, 2013

If you are planning on traveling or moving to the state of Minnesota, here are some points you should keep in mind:

Most of Minnesota’s population lives in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St Paul, and this is where a large part of the tourism to the area is also based. However, the rest of the state is worth exploring and has some stunning landscapes including prairies and forests. It’s hard to believe that in the northwest of the state, the Red River Valley was once covered with tall prairie grass and roamed by herds of buffalo. Today, State Parks are needed to preserve the way the countryside once stood naturally. The best ones to visit are Buffalo River State Park and Bluestem Prairie Preserve.

Minneapolis’s attractions won’t disappoint. The minute you step off your Minneapolis flight shopping, museums, restaurants and theatres await you. While there, don’t miss a visit to Minnehaha Park and the Walker Art Center. Minnehaha Park contains the creek and the Minnehaha Falls, a 53 foot waterfall. There is a statue in the park of Hiawatha carrying Minnehaha, based on Longfellow’s Song of Hiawatha. The Walker Art Centre also contains sculptures in its 11-acre sculpture garden, though of a slightly different nature. A symbol of the city is one of the most impressive sculptures by Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen; it’s a giant spoon with a cherry on the top. A fountain flows out of the tip and downtown Minneapolis is the backdrop.

The capital of the state, St Paul, is a more historic city than adjacent Minneapolis. Cultural attractions are plentiful, including a tour of the Capitol Building. Those visiting with children can’t miss the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, where resident animals include camels, reindeer, giraffes, penguins, cougars, lions and gorillas.

Duluth, the third-largest city of the state, sits at the top of Lake Superior. The town is focused around the waterfront and harbour. Visit Canal Park for a bird’s eye view of activity on the waterfront. Here an aerial lift bridge connects Canal Park with Minnesota Point, a seven-mile sandbar. From the top of the bridge the views are breathtaking.

5 Great Places to Visit on Your Next Trip and Photography in Minnesota

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Minnesota is perhaps one of the greenest States in the United States. Its lakes and mountains make it a perfect place for nature enthusiasts and photographers as well.

If you love landscapes as a subject to your photography, here are some places that you may want to pay a visit on your next trip to Minnesota.

1. The Jay Cooke State Park or Lake Superior State Parks This nature park is situated approximately 10 miles in the southwestern part of Duluth. You can try your luck by trying to capture photos of the following animal species: 46 mammal species (including black bears, Timberwolves and coyotes) 173 bird species 16 reptile species that are non – poisonous.

2. Super Hiking Trail (SHT) Do you enjoy mountain climbing as much as you love photography. If you do, then the SHT is for you. If you are up to it, you can enjoy the 244 – mile trail alongside the Lake Superior. While enjoying the hike, you can take snapshots of the lake and some breath taking sights of the trail itself.

3. Voyageurs National Park The name came from the initial French – Canadian tourists who frequent this place via canoes. This national park boasts of 30 or so lakes that are adorned with approximately 1000 islands. Boating, canoeing and fishing are among the activities you can enjoy. Of course, on the way, you can take snapshots of the islands as a souvenir of your trip.

4. Minnehaha (Laughing) Falls This unassuming waterfall can be found in the southeastern part of Minneapolis. However, the Minnehaha Falls is not the only attraction that is “photo” worthy. Tourists and locals alike, have found themselves posing beside the statues of Hiawatha and Minnehaha. Both of which are famous because of Longfellow’s “Song of Hiawatha”.

5. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory If you are looking for a haven in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory can be your best bet. The park is not only a sanctuary to big cats, other mammals and birds but in its midst, you can also find a Japanese garden where you can take photographs of manicured Zen garden and bonsais. If you are looking for color in your photographs and the flowers and orchids are not enough, you can visit the Enchanted Garden filled with all sorts of butterflies.