Big City Tales

Double the Fun in Minnesota’s Twin Cities | April 25, 2018

No matter the time of year and no matter how long the stay, visitors to Minneapolis and St. Paul are guaranteed to have double the fun in Minnesota’s twin cities. The cosmopolitan heart of the state serves up the glitz and glamour of urban living all within a gorgeous natural landscape surrounded by parks, rivers and lakes. Yes, city meets country in Minneapolis-St.Paul and the twin cities offer the best of both worlds with copious amounts of things to see and do.

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Minneapolis

Situated on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and is home to many Fortune 500 companies, including Target, U.S. Bancorp and Xcel Energy. The downtown skyline features skyscrapers, high-rise buildings, museums, and sports stadiums that delight by day and dazzle by night.

The IDS Center and Capella Tower are the tallest buildings in Minnesota and are part of the Minneapolis Skyway System. The Skyway is the world’s longest continuous system of enclosed footbridges that connects buildings in an area encompassing 80 blocks and offers pedestrians a year-round climate-controlled environment.

Museums are plentiful in Minneapolis and art patrons can take in classical and contemporary offerings. The Weisman Art Center, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, showcases early 20th century American art, as well as ceramics and contemporary art. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden contains 40 installations, most notably the Spoonbridge and Cherry fountain.

Minneapolis is a haven of professional sports teams and there are three major stadiums in the downtown core: U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings; Target Center, home to the Minnesota Timberwolves & Minnesota Lynx; and Target Field, home to the Minnesota Twins. Go Teams!

While technically located in the suburb of Bloomington, the Mall of America (MOA) is only a 15 minute drive from downtown Minneapolis and is just minutes away from the international airport. With 520 stores and 60 restaurants, an amusement park and aquarium, and a mini-golf course, MOA is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the United States and is visited every year by millions of people.

St. Paul

St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota and the State Capitol Building was modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy, and also inspired by the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Atop the south entrance sits a magnificent gilded sculpture called The Progress of the State that features a quadriga, an ancient chariot drawn by four horses abreast. The horses represent earth, wind, fire and water. The women leading the horses symbolize civilization, and the man driving the chariot represents prosperity.

Similar to its twin city located across the Mississippi River, St. Paul offers plenty of arts, entertainment and sporting options. The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts hosts theater and opera productions; while some of the most-frequented museums include the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Children’s Museum. The Xcel Energy Center is home to the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League, and the city will soon be cheering on the Minnesota United FC when the new soccer pitch is finished.

Other city attractions include the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory that is open year-round, and James. J. Hill House, a National Historic Landmark that was built in 1891.

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