Minneapolis–Saint Paul
The Twin Cities, rooted in the values of America’s hardworking heartland and built around a network of parks and waterways, blend the best of small-town Midwest tradition with an active outdoor lifestyle. Throw in the energy and edge of a burgeoning contemporary city (Minneapolis) and the stately charm of Minnesota’s capital (St. Paul), and you have the Twin Cities: multifaceted gems in an otherwise flat landscape. From the music of Prince to the food of James Beard Award–winning chefs, the metropolis is a melting pot of innovation yet manages to remain unassuming. The best times are still had at local dives and family-run diners.