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Minnesota is a state in the north-central United States, bordering Wisconsin to the east, Iowa to the south, North and South Dakota to the west, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba to the north.

The primary metropolitan area in Minnesota consists of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. These cities can be somewhat difficult hitching out of. To the north lies Duluth.



1.Soliciting ride. No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any private vehicle.


68.Roadway. "Roadway" means that portion of a highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the sidewalk or shoulder. During periods when the commissioner allows the use of dynamic shoulder lanes as defined in subdivision 25, roadway includes that shoulder..

In the area round the airport off I-35 on the southern edge of Minneapolis, the cops have a tendency to arrest hitchers on flimsy homeland security pretexts.

Federal Districts

Note:All land regulated by the National Park service prohibits hitchhiking under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 4.31: Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.

  • Mississippi National River And Recreation Area

4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.

  • Voyageurs National Park

4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.

Personal experiences

"I am a Minnesotan native to the Twin Cities and have often started my trips out of the metro area there. I've never waited more than 15 minutes for a ride anywhere in Minnesota. The people really are Minnesota nice. Being well kept, clean shaven and smiling helps, as does flying a sign. There is a stark difference between rural Minnesota (anything other than the Twin Cities) and the Twin Cities metro area (Minneapolis and Saint Paul) which is something like Seattle or Denver. A lot of pot and hipsters. South of the Twin Cities expect corn, soy beans and polite bible thumpers. North of the Twin Cities expect about 100 miles of corn and then beautiful wilderness with great canoeing in places like Voyageur NP and the Boundary Waters. Don't travel through Minnesota in the winter without proper cold weather gear; expect negative temperatures. In the summer Minnesota becomes a humid mosquito cesspool, especially up north. I hope you can enjoy the state as much as I do!" -Kieran

"My experiences might be of use. From the twin cities, I usually try to get just past those annoying "no pedestrian" signs as then you can read the backside. If there are some tags there, you know a few people have gotten rides there. If not, it might not be such a hot spot. I know in MSP that when i wander from near the Target Center up near where that mural on the wall near the I35 that is blue with a rainbow, is a pretty good spot. Don't worry if they only go to Forest Lake or Hinkley, ive never waited more than an hour for a ride. Having a sign does help, but usually anyone at those petrol stations are headed a long way anyway. From Duluth up the north shore, take the city transit to Lester Park and get out around 60th Ave E. There is a Jubilee grocery store there. If you walk Superior St about 1K you will get to Highway 61. Right where it connects to London RD. There is a turn off to the "old Highway" and the last street lamp. I have gotten rides there so many times I can't remember. Just keep in mind that most traffic is work related, so in the afternoon is good, but forget about Sunday nights. Also from Two Harbors headed North go just by the campground and you will find a good spot. Heading back to Duluth there is a SuperAmerica near the cemetery and I stand just past the stoplights. That way all the cars stopping have a chance to look at you." - Anonymous hitchhiker, 06.11.2007.

I have hitched through Minnesota only once, but rides were easy to get. The driftless area around the Mississippi River is quite scenic and worth a visit. Thewindandrain (talk) 21:32, 1 June 2013 (CEST)

I hitchhiked through Minnesota once and it was fun and easy. All my rides came within fifteen minutes. Even a police officer who stopped to check my ID was nice and gave me a ride to a better spot.. - Gilligan