Minnesota is full of fascinating and often humorous stories of strange places, bizarre events, intriguing history and colorful characters:

• A SPAM museum, located in the town of Austin, is dedicated entirely to that canned meat product
• F. Scott Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Bob Dylan are all native Minnesotans
• The Mall of America in Bloomington covers an area of 9.5 million square feet—roughly the size of 78 football fields
• Minnesota is the birthplace of the Jolly Green Giant and Wheaties cereal, masking and Scotch tape, Bisquick, Aveda beauty products and the stapler
• The world’s largest pelican statue stands more than 15 feet tall in downtown Pelican Rapids, near Pelican River
• Minneapolis’ famed skyway system connects 52 blocks of the downtown core
• The state has 15,291 lakes and 90,000 miles of shoreline, which is more than California, Florida and Hawaii’s shorelines combined
• Minnesota has the most groomed snowmobile trails in the country—2000 miles worth.

And so much more…