5 Amazing Towns in Minnesota to Live

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It’s no secret that Minnesota has some of the most breathtaking scenery in America. It’s also home to several amazing towns. If you’re thinking of relocating, we found five places to consider.

Quality of Life Like No Other

If you love to spend your free time outdoors, there’s no better state to live in than Minnesota. It’s a nature lover’s dream, from camping and water sports in the summer to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter (and fishing all year round).

It’s also a great place to live if you’re ready to quit the bustling urban areas and enjoy a quieter life. Take a look at these charming towns and make your moving van reservation.


If you’re looking for a slower pace but aren’t ready to completely give up city culture, check out Waconia, MN. It’s located about 30 minutes southwest of the Twin Cities on the shores of Lake Waconia. Besides family-friendly outdoor activities, Waconia is home to two breweries, a distillery, and three wineries.

Redwood Falls

Redwood Falls Minnesota

Situated where the Redwood River meets the Minnesota River, Redwood Falls, MN, is a charming town. It offers a high quality of life and a low cost of living, plus breathtaking recreation areas. For Gen-Xers looking for a place to retire, Redwood Falls boasts several trail and golf courses, plus it’s minutes from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum.


Northfield Minnesota

Northfield is an old farming town just south of Minneapolis. Its downtown area is lined with charming older buildings giving it a real Mayberry aesthetic. But while it has plenty of old-town charm, Northfield is also rich in arts and culture with a bustling music scene. And if you’re a fan of the Old West, the Jesse James Outlaw Trail is a cool place to bring out-of-town visitors.


Lanesboro Minnesota

Like many midwestern rural communities, Lanesboro was built along a riverbank. This small town feels like a step back in time. A dam with a waterfall is the focal point of downtown’s Sylvan Park and provides a nice swimming and fishing hole. The 30-mile-long Root River State Trail is open year-round for bicycling, hiking, and cross-country skiing if you’re looking for more ways to stay fit.

Grand Marais

Grand Marais Minnesota

Wouldn’t you love to watch the Northern Lights from your backyard? Tiny Grand Marais is a fishing town nestled on the north shore of Lake Superior. In addition to incredible scenery, Grand Marais holds cultural events throughout the year. And if you want to learn a new craft, the North House Folk School offers classes in everything from bread baking to blacksmithing.

Ready to Pack Up and Move?

These amazing Minnesota towns offer plenty of old-fashioned charm with modern convenience. And in addition to year-round outdoor activities, each town has a busy social calendar, offering art, music, and other cultural events. If you dream of a simpler life not measured in climbing corporate ladders and social media “likes,” these places are worth considering.

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