Travel to Minnesota in the US Midwest if you love lakes, paddling, biking and culture. The state is dotted with 10,000 lakes including Lake Itasca, where the mighty Mississippi begins its 2500 mile plus journey to the Gulf of Mexico. There’s lots of paddling especially in The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. And Minnesota is one of the top states in the US for cyclists with some 4000 miles of paved trails. Spend time in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul if you’re after world-class theatre, great dining and an excellent urban biking experience.