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About Minneapolis

by SmarterTravel Staff
Stone Arch Bridge at night, Minneapolis (Photo: Photo: iStockphoto)

Take a city with miles of shoreline, add four distinct seasons, an arts explosion, and a dose of local pride, and you'll have the perfect recipe for Minneapolis. This Midwestern metropolis has a lot to offer, and it won't take visitors long to fall in love with this half of the Twin Cities.

Already a top cultural destination, Minneapolis recently spent $500 million on the arts. Five separate organizations erected theaters, museums, and a library designed by internationally known architects. And with more theater seats per capita than any other city in the U.S. besides New York, visitors won't have any trouble finding entertainment.

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Although the city of Minneapolis enjoys four different seasons, the area truly shines during winter. Locals don't hibernate during the snowy months, they thrive in it. Whether they are snow kiting on one of the 22 lakes or watching the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship, residents like to get outdoors. And tourists shouldn't fear braving the cold to get to Minneapolis attractions, since there are more than eight miles of skyways—glass "tunnels" built above street level—connecting the downtown area.

It's no surprise that the Mall of America, with more than 520 stores and its own zip code, is one of the most popular attractions for Minneapolis shopping. And it's more than just a retail space: The mall has an amusement park, miniature golf course, and more than 20 restaurants.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is served by nearly fifteen airlines, so finding flights to Minneapolis should be an easy task.

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