Minneapolis-St. Paul Travel Guide
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Plan Your Minneapolis-St. Paul Vacation

Minnesotans may be too nice to claim the Twin Cities as the "Minne-Apple," rivaling New York City, but there's a reason the name stuck. The Cities offer an extensive repertoire of cultural events, putting it on par with other major destinations around the U.S. In fact Minneapolis has more theater seats per capita than any other U.S. city, only beat by the true Big Apple.

The year 2005 ushered in a cultural rebirth for the Twin Cities, beginning with Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron's bold aluminum addition to the acclaimed modern art Walker Art Center. The following year the downtown Minneapolis Central Library opened in a light-filled space designed by Cesar Pelli, and the venerable Guthrie Theater relocated to a dramatic structure on the Mississippi River by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. Not to be left out of the action, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts recently expanded with a Michael Graves–designed new wing.

Whether you're looking for highbrow sophistication or a quiet picnic on the Chain of Lakes, the Twin Cities has something for everyone. The range of possible choices for what to see and do at any given moment is expansive and limited only by your time and interests.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Theater The Guthrie Theater tops the best-of-the-best list, garnering international acclaim as one of three theaters around the U.S. to attract London's Royal Shakespeare Company. The Hennepin Avenue Theatre District brings Broadway to Minneapolis, or for something different, try one of the many experimental theaters.
  2. Architecture Between the world-class architects who have added their modern designs and the old art deco preserved in the historic landmarks, architecture lovers will have a full itinerary.
  3. Mall of America The largest enclosed mall in the nation.
  4. Minneapolis Sound Prince, the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Atmosphere—these local musicians define the genre that has been reproduced by artists across the country. Local darlings Bob Dylan and Mason Jennings round out that sweet Twin Cities noise. Missing out on this city's music scene should be illegal. Check out the iconic First Avenue & Seventh Street Entry in Minneapolis or the hipster Turf Club in St. Paul (1601 University Ave 651/647–0486 www.turfclub.net) for a dose of that sweet Twin Cities noise.
  5. Chain of Lakes Minnesota isn't called the Land of 10,000 Lakes for nothing. Rent a canoe at Lake Calhoun and disappear for the day. Enjoy an outdoor concert at Lake Harriet, or head out to Lake Minnetonka for the ultimate boating experience.

When To Go

When to Go

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