This comprehensive guide to Minnesota's beauty and diversity devotes as many pages to the natural and historic areas surrounding MInneapolis and St. Paul as it does to the Twin Cities themselves. Minnesota is called the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," but author Amy C. Rea points out there are actually almost 15,000 lakes. She guides you from these extensive bodies of water to the farmers markets and backroads, past historic regions, across the cultural and culinary landscape, to the luxury resorts and prairie wilderness trails--all contributing to Minnesota's increased prominence as a place to see and explore. Amy steers you clear of tourist traps and locates the lesser-known attractions for your enjoyment. Whether you have weeks or just a weekend, Minnesota has something for everyone.
Amy gives an overview of the book:
Minnesota is frequently misunderstood. For those who get their knowledge from popular media, Minnesota appears to be a land frequented by those wacky gals from The Mary Tyler Moore Show--except for the one corner populated by rock stars as glamorized by Prince in Purple Rain. The rest of the state? Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion and the Coen brothers' classic Fargo tell the story: funny accents, hats with earflaps, church suppers, fish soaked in lye and served at Christmas dinner, a whole lot of snow, and backyard wood chippers.