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Oh, for cute! These MEA destinations are just too good to pass up.

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

Hey there, fellow Minnesotans! It's that time of year again – time to plan for MEA weekend! Don’t sweat it, we’ve got your back by helping you plan a weekend getaway to remember. Pack your bags, bid "uff da!" to the daily grind and get ready to explore destinations that'll make you say, “Oh for fun!”

You betcha, we're diving deep into the land of sunshine and magic – Orlando. Beyond the famous amusement parks, take a day to explore the outdoors, or maybe even cool down at one of the splash-tastic water parks. And remember, while in Florida, it’s the duty of every Minnesotan to soak up enough sun for all of us back home!

San Diego is the ‘land of endless summer’. Beyond the stunning beaches of La Jolla, enjoy a day trip to Coronado Island or experience history aboard the USS Midway Museum. And of course, no trip is complete without gawking at those cute critters at the San Diego Zoo. Craving some SoCal cuisine? Dive into authentic fish tacos and maybe even some scrumptious ceviche!

Sarasota's allure goes beyond its pristine Gulf Coast beaches. Visit theRingling Museum for some culture or Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for a taste of tropical flora. And yes, the powdery sands of Siesta Key will give our snowfalls a run for their money!

Myrtle Beach is not just about sandcastles. Beyond its 60 miles of coastline, you can enjoy a lively show at the Carolina Opry, or for those who enjoy a bit of nature, the Brookgreen Gardens await. Golfers, you're in for a treat with courses as far as the eye can see. By nightfall, let the boardwalk's carnival games and Ferris wheel remind you of home sweet home.

Trading in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for mountain vistas has never been better. Beyond the famous Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, why not take a historical train ride through the Royal Gorge? For the brave-hearted, the Manitou Springs Incline offers a challenging hike with a rewarding view.

The vibrant streets of St. Petersburg are teeming with culture. Delve into the Dali Museum or enjoy a leisurely paddle boarding session at Fort De Soto Park. If shopping's your jam, the quirky boutiques of Central Avenue are a must-visit.

The Windy City's charm is undeniable. Beyond its deep-dish pizzas and iconic Navy Pier, explore the wonders at the Museum of Science and Industry, or perhaps take a riveting architecture boat tour along the Chicago River. And if you fancy some drama, Chicago’s theaters are world-class!

History buff or not, Boston will captivate you. Beyond the Freedom Trail, you can explore the historic Fenway Park, or take a break at the Boston Common and Public Garden. Hungry? Dive into Boston's seafood scene with some clam chowder or a lobster roll.

Alrighty then, Minnesotans, gear up and grab those tickets. Whether you're craving beaches, city lights, or mountain sights, we've got the perfect MEA weekend destination for ya. Safe travels, and don't forget to send us a postcard! If you stumble upon a hotdish that rivals our own, well then, do spill the beans.


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