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How To Find a Good Deal for Your Minnesota Getaway

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boundarywaters1_445x260Cost-conscious consumers are looking for ways to stretch their dollars in all areas of the household budget, including shopping for their summer trips. Many will be looking for close-to-home, affordable getaways in Minnesota this spring and summer. Here are some tips for getting good value for your travel dollar this season, so you can take the break you need in these stressful times.

First, check the deals posted on the website of Explore Minnesota Tourism, the state’s tourism promotion office. They include special offers, discounts and packages that include an activity, such as golfing or waterpark passes, along with lodging. Look for “Deals” under “Places to stay” at ExploreMinnesota.com. You can sign up for weekly “Deals” e-newsletters.

You can also check for deals and special offers at the websites for individual resorts, inns, hotels/motels and campgrounds. The Explore Minnesota website includes a comprehensive listing of places to stay in the state, with links to individual websites. And, at virtually all of Minnesota’s destinations, you can find free or low-cost things to do while you’re there.

Here are some other ideas for getting good travel deals in Minnesota:

* Plan an early or late season trip, if you can. Some resorts, in particular, offer lower rates in May, early June, late August and post-Labor Day. For those traveling without school-aged children, this is a good option to consider. Or, plan a midweek trip. Some lodging businesses, especially B&Bs and historic inns, offer lower rates Sunday through Thursday.
* Enjoy Minnesota’s no-cost attractions, including a vast array of public beaches and scenic bike trails. A sampler of free places to visit is listed on the “Deals” page of the Explore Minnesota website; check out the “Yes! It’s Free” box. Included are several top attractions such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Lake Superior Maritime Center in Duluth, and the beautiful Munsinger-Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud.
* Plan a getaway with extended family and friends. Sharing lodging with others can bring down the trip’s per-person costs. Many resorts have cabins that can accommodate more than one family, and planning joint vacations is a good way to spread the costs and share the fun.
* All of Minnesota’s state parks and Minnesota Historical Society sites will have free admission on Sunday, June 7. This open house is a great way to start the summer by taking in some beautiful scenery and some fun outdoor recreation, or visiting an intriguing place in Minnesota’s history. For more information, go to:
MnStateParks.info and MNHS.org.

Getting away from everyday routines and pressures is important for everyone. Minnesota offers plenty of affordable options for day trips, quick getaways or vacations.

About Explore Minnesota Tourism
As the state’s tourism office, Explore Minnesota Tourism pursues an entrepreneurial approach, leveraging the state’s tourism investment with increased involvement by the private sector. A council of representatives from the state’s tourism industry strongly connects Explore Minnesota Tourism with tourism businesses and organizations.

Tourism is an $11 billion industry in Minnesota, a key sector of the state’s economy. The leisure and hospitality industry, a major provider of tourism services, employs more than 248,000Minnesotans. More information can be found at ExploreMinnesota.

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