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Minnesota Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Is nicknamed the 'North Star State'
  • St Paul is the Capital, but Minneapolis is the largest city
  • The most northerly state with exception of Alaska
  • Home to some of the oldest rock in earth dated at some 3.6bn years old!

Minnesota Mini Guide

Minnesota is called the ‘Land of 10,000 lakes’ but in fact the state has even more than 10,000 lakes. The main city of Minnesota is Minneapolis (which means city of lakes) and car rental Minneapolis is the best way to see this large metropolitan area and the surrounding state. There is a chain of large lakes surrounding Minneapolis which are the Calhoun, Cedar, Harriet, Isles and Nokomis lakes which are best accessed by car, though once there you will want to walk or cycle around to appreciate their beauty. One of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, is also partly located in Minnesota.

At night Minneapolis really comes to life with a vibrant social scene so if you are in Minnesota take some time to see this city. Minneapolis is also the home of the Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport which is served by Delta and Northwest Airlines among others. Minneapolis was built near to large and powerful waterfalls which literally powered its economy and made it a hub for flour and lumber production. Those looking to do some shopping in Minnesota have come to the right place as the suburb of Bloomington is home to the largest shopping mall in America. The mall is so big it evens contains a theme park and an aquarium as well as hundreds of stores.

Minnesota has many other cities which include Northfield (where outlaw Jesse James met his maker), Duluth and Mankato. Minnesotans are recognisable by their unique accents which were portrayed in the film Fargo and phrases such as ‘Oh ya’ – yes, and ‘You betcha’ are commonly used. There are a couple of state parks in Minnesota, the Flandrau State Park and the Itasca State Park and one national park, the Voyageurs. The main roads to go through Minnesota are the interstates 35, 90 and 94.

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