Divided by the mighty Mississippi River, the Twin Cities are a modern Midwestern marvel.
If Minneapolis and St. Paul are twins, they’re definitely fraternal. Minneapolis is a vibrant metropolis with world-class theaters, museums and parks. St. Paul is the older, stately, laid-back capital, known for its glamorous Summit Avenue mansions, rich history and famous writers (Garrison Keillor still lives here, and F. Scott Fitzgerald was born here—you can even have a drink at the Commodore hotel, which Fitzgerald once called home). Together, these siblings form one of the largest metropolitan areas in the American Midwest, with more than three million residents and countless reasons to visit, from beautiful lakes to award-winning cuisine.
When to go
The Twin Cities burst into bloom and locals emerge from hibernation with smiles on their faces and pep in their step, eager for baseball games and leisurely strolls along lake and river paths.
A true celebration of all things outdoors, with movies and music in the parks; food, beer and art festivals; and packed rooftops, patios and lake and river trails. Don’t forget bug spray to ward off the infamous mosquitoes, which love the lakes as much as locals do.
September marks the start of the fall arts season, and there’s never a shortage of plays, musicals, exhibits, concerts and operas to choose from.
It may get cold here, but Minnesotans know how to make the most of it, with Nordic skiing in the parks, outdoor ice-skating rinks, the Red Bull Crashed Ice skating race and U.S. Pond Hockey Championships.
Light rail lines connect the two cities, with the Blue Line running from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to downtown Minneapolis, and the Green Line running between the two downtowns. The Metro Transit bus system and Nice Ride bike-share program are also good options.
- Twin Cities residents live up to their reputation of being quite friendly—commonly known as “Minnesota Nice”—so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Biking is many locals’ go-to mode of transportation; rent a Nice Ride bike (niceridemn.org) and join the masses to get an up-close view of the Cities.
- When in doubt, talk about the weather. Minnesotans may pretend that their obsession with the ever-changing temperatures and precipitation patterns is a myth, but it’s not. They love it.
where to stay
The upscale Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown is in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, and a landmark of the Minneapolis Skyline. The hotel offers 360 stylish rooms and suites and on-site Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, which is a popular downtown restaurant serving farm-to-table cuisine with a Midwestern flair.
Located one block from both U.S. Bank Stadium and the Metro Transit light rail station, Radisson RED Minneapolis Downtown’s 164 studios offer guests an unbelievable location for their downtown getaway. The millennial-focused hotel boasts an on-site bar and restaurant, 1,000 square foot events & games studio, and a skyway connection.
The Radisson Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North is located close to the area’s most popular attractions. The hotel also boasts the city’s largest indoor pool, a complimentary local shuttle, hot tub, sauna, and a business center.
Experience modern country warmth with complimentary hot breakfast, free high-speed internet, shuttle service, an indoor pool, and a fitness center at one of our many Country Inn & Suites locations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
With direct access to the Mall of America and the Metro Transit light rail station within the Mall, the Radisson Blu Mall of America is the perfect location for your Minneapolis explorations. The hotel helps you relax in the indoor saline pool or by getting a massage at the on-site Solimar Spa & Salon. The FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, fitness center, and 26,300 square feet of versatile meeting space are just a few of the other amenities of this upscale property.