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16 Experiences You'll Love in the Twin Cities

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The Twin Cities are at the cultural confluence of the historic and the hip, where family-run diners, indie rock shows, and street art are held in as high esteem as fine dining restaurants, the orchestra, and museums. Here there are all the bright lights you want, the nature you need, and the cheese-stuffed burgers you crave.
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100 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
This former railroad bridge, built across the Mississippi River in the 1880s, is now a pedestrian and bike path perfect for strolling between parks. With panoramic views of the downtown skyline, river, and St. Anthony Falls, Stone Arch Bridge is a...
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818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
Although the new Guthrie Theater was only completed in 2006, it has a rich history in the resident-theater movement of the 1960s. Architect Jean Nouvel created this stunning masterpiece that is worth visiting even if not attending a show, although...
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Minneapolis, MN, USA
With over 20 lakes, Minneapolis is truly a water city—which is roughly what its name means in the Dakota language of the area's original American Indian inhabitants. The 1555-acre Chain of Lakes district highlights the best of this water-filled...
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240 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
Scattered with Victorian mansions, St. Paul's tree-lined Summit Ave. is one of the most beautiful residential streets in the Midwest, with famous former residents including author F. Scott Fitzgerald and early railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill....
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Office-G10, 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA
The Twin Cities' diversity is displayed with full fanfare at this vibrant, internationally focused market of food, grocery, and craft vendors from around the world. Favorites include East African dishes like the camel burger and sambusas at Safari...
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239 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
A must see if you're visiting St. Paul. A beautiful church on top of the hill looking over the city.
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Uptown, Minneapolis, MN, USA
The main thoroughfares and side streets of Hennepin and Lyndale avenues in the Uptown District are packed with boutiques, cafes, galleries, indie theaters, restaurants, and bars. The area is great for a day of urban wandering and is right near the...
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Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA
Minnehaha Park is a serene 193-acre green space along the Mississippi River that features a 53-foot waterfall. During the winter, the falls turn to ice, making for a dramatic landscape. With a restaurant on site, bandshell, playground, wading...
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3500 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA
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Matt’s is a no-frills dive that hasn’t changed decor since its 1950s origination and we hope it never does, tacky dark-yellow patterned wallpaper included. Behind the bar, 400 to 800 cheese-stuffed “Jucy Lucy” burgers are grilled to perfection...
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725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
The Walker Art Center is one of the major contemporary art museums in the U.S., housing some of the most iconic and innovative visual, performing, and mixed media art in the world. The Center hosted the first major museum exhibits by Joseph...
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701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
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Bands of all caliber and genre come through the iconic First Avenue & 7th St Entry music venue. Most famous as the backdrop to Prince's Purple Rain performances, the venue helped Prince get his start in the '80s. It was also home to the early punk...
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Minneapolis, MN, USA
The Twin Cities are known for their extensive downtown Skyway systems, blocks of climate-controlled covered footbridges that connect buildings and allow residents (and visitors) to comfortably navigate the area anytime of year. Hubs of indoor...
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725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
The Walker Art Center has one of the best collections of modern art in the Midwest, and in 2017, it reopened its public sculpture garden following a two-year renovation. The 19-acre collection holds 60 pieces, up from 40 when the center opened in...
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3804 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409, USA
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Award-winning chef Jamie Malone recently took over the Grand Cafe, a beloved Minneapolis institution. The menu is a compendium of classic and classy French dishes, from tarte flambée and pike quenelles to Paris Brest and a bourbon baba cake. The...
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2743 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
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Sameh and Saed Wadi opened this happy scoop shop about two years ago, and it remains the uncontested best place to go for ice cream in a region that has a whole lot of dairy around. (The brothers also own the World Street Kitchen next door.) Some...
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3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
Yes, Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, but it’s surprising how many are found right within the Twin Cities. When you’re not drinking, take a walk around Lake Calhoun, or even rent a kayak there, then use it to explore the aptly named Chain of...