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The state of Minnesota's name is derived from a Dakota word that means "sky tinted water" and water is certainly abundant in the land of 10,000 lakes. With forests, managed park systems, prairies, lakes, and rivers, visitors to hotels in Minnesota will have no shortage of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Minnesota's geography exhibits special features not found elsewhere in the U.S. Ancient gneisses 3.6 billion years old have been found in the state and much of the land was previously covered by glaciers during the last ice age. The state also has some of the best examples of wetlands, second in area only to Alaska.
Travellers looking for Minnesota hotel packages frequently come to explore protected lands such as the Chippewa National Forest or the Superior National Forest, which have populations of black bears, timber wolves, and moose. First inhabited by the Dakota people, Minnesota was settled by Scandinavian and German immigrants who brought with them Nordic cuisine like lutefisk.
Many Minnesota hotel deals on Expedia are in the population centres of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which are nicknamed "The Twin Cities". More than 60 percent of the state's residents live in this metropolitan area. Visitors enjoying cheap hotel deals in Minnesota often make a stop at the Mall of America, which is the nation's largest shopping mall and even includes an indoor amusement park. Other popular places to visit in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minnesota Zoo.
Other popular cities that offer visitors a chance at a cheap Minnesota hotel deal include Rochester, home of the world famous Mayo Clinic; Duluth, which sits along the pristine shores of Lake Superior; and St. Cloud, which rests upon the shores of the Mississippi and has a 9-megawatt hydroelectric power plant. Travellers in the state for events such as the Twin Cities Marathon or the Minnesota State Fair should book reservations well in advance as discount rooms can fill up quickly.
Visitors at Minnesota hotels are welcomed with the typical exuberant Midwestern hospitality called "Minnesota nice" that trademarks the region. The top time of the year to visit Minnesota is the late spring through fall. For the best prices, travellers should find accommodations a month in advance of their trip. Rates at Minnesota's hotels are affordable on any budget, which makes for an inexpensive family trip to this welcoming and relaxing Great Lakes state.