It could take a curious traveler years to fully experience Minnesota, with its thousands of lakes, dense forests, and vast prairies, plus the urban sophistication of the Twin Cities themselves. But you must start your journey to see this land in a single place, and the lovely city of Minnetonka, just 8 miles from Minneapolis, might be just the place to do that.
Known for being a good friend to the natural environment that surrounds it, Minnetonka welcomes lovers of the outdoors with its 49 parks and 1,000 acres of public open space. Choose one of our Minnetonka hotels as a base for your explorations and create your own personal panorama with the wooded shores and tranquil waters of the city’s eponymous lake, one of the largest in Minnesota. In spring and summer the lake is an unbroken belt of greenery around a water sports playground, in winter a frozen arena for icy adventures, and in fall a fiery aureole of reds and golds around a nucleus of deep blue.
Minnetonka car rentals are handy for traveling between hotels in Minnetonka, MN, and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, but are especially useful for exploring the region's outdoor destinations. Drive to Gray's Bay on the eastern shore of Lake Minnetonka and bob aboard a fishing boat, or stretch your legs on the sandy shore and trailheads at Shady Oak Beach Park. Take to the water, whether by boat, canoe, or paddleboard, and see if you can spy "Lou," a legendary monster-sized sturgeon purported to have quietly plied the lake's depths for decades.
A legend of your own is in the making. Discover what lies in the North Star State on your next trip. And if you’re always on the go, download the Travelocity app to get mobile exclusive deals on motels in Minnetonka, MN or cheap Minneapolis hotels.