Escape from the everyday in Mankato. Discover Mankato’s extensive cycling trails, open country roads, downhill slopes and river rapids. While you’re here, you’ll also find just the right combination of small town feel and thriving regional center. Mankato is a hub for arts, entertainment, shopping and nightlife. And it’s all so close. Just a short 75 miles from Minneapolis, Mankato is an easily accessible Minnesota destination of choice.