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Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN
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In and around Minnesota’s Twin Cities see two contrasting worlds, from cultural institutions and scenic wilderness to modern architecture and cobblestone streets.

Between St. Paul and Minneapolis, experience Minnesota’s capital and its largest city, jointly known as the Twin Cities. St. Paul sits where the Mississippi River and Minnesota River converge. It meets its much larger counterpart, Minneapolis, to the west.

Minnesota is known for cold winters, hot summers and year-round natural beauty. Enjoy exceptional seasonal experiences in Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, from flowers blooming in summer to blankets of snow in winter. Whether you walk around it, paddle through it or simply sunbathe on its shores, Lake Calhoun is always a relaxing destination. Stroll along the Mississippi River and past tumbling waterfalls in the scenic Minnehaha Park.

Just south of the Twin Cities, discover a shopping and entertainment paradise in Bloomington. Millions of people flock to the grand Mall of America each year. For a break from browsing its hundreds of stores, enjoy thrills at Nickelodeon Universe, an indoor amusement park.

Experience the wild side at Minnesota Zoo. See exotic species, stop at the petting farm and watch the colorful bird show.

Investigate the Twin Cities’ many museums. Between prehistoric artifacts, dinosaur skeletons and a massive IMAX theater, see natural history come to life at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Take a ride on a boxcar and try mining in the Minnesota History Center.

In the Weisman Art Museum, browse through modern art, ancient pottery, furniture and more. The striking exterior is almost as interesting as the art inside. See works by Warhol, Picasso, Moore and other renowned modern artists in Walker Art Center. Don’t miss its unique spoon bridge with a cherry-shaped fountain. Catch a show in the remarkable Guthrie Theater, which was built to look like a modern grain silo.

Visit Minneapolis-St. Paul throughout the year, but pack for the season. Regardless of when you visit, expect culture, natural beauty and Midwestern charm.

Where to stay in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Radisson Blu Mall of America
Radisson Blu Mall of America
4.5 out of 5
2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN
The price is $144 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in East Bloomington, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Mall of America. Mall of America Station is 7 minutes by foot and 28th Avenue Station is 13 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,681 reviews)
"Very clean"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Radisson Blu Mall of America
Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Airport Mall of America
Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Airport Mall of America
3.5 out of 5
1601 East American Blvd, Bloomington, MN
The price is $88 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in East Bloomington, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Xcel ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"This hotel was clean and convenient Very close to everything in the city"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Airport Mall of America
Millennium Minneapolis
Millennium Minneapolis
3.5 out of 5
1313 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
The price is $79 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nicollet Mall and Minneapolis Convention Center. Orpheum Theatre and State Theatre are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,226 reviews)
"Good but I think is not safe area because 3 security at the door and not clean area"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Millennium Minneapolis
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
2.5 out of 5
975 Weir Ave., Woodbury, MN
The price is $75 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Tamarack Village and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Woodbury Lakes. Xcel Energy Center and Indian ...
3.1/5 (144 reviews)
"The property exceeded my expectations. Rooms are VERY spacious clean comfortable and welcoming. This will not be my last stay here. Highly recommend!"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
WaterWalk Plymouth
WaterWalk Plymouth
4 out of 5
10000 59th Ave N, Plymouth, MN
The price is $119 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Situated in Plymouth, this apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Fish Lake Regional Park, Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, and Millennium Garden. Brookview Golf ...
4.4/5Excellent! (20 reviews)
"We loved having separate bedrooms (snoring) and a nice sized kitchen"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

WaterWalk Plymouth
Sonder at MAX
Sonder at MAX
3.5 out of 5
150 26th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, MN
Located in Prospect Park, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and TCF Bank Stadium. U.S. Bank Stadium and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Liked - Convenient Location to 94, 280, 35E & 35 W Disliked - The need to park in a muddy unpaved parking lot - it appears that they may be building an attached parking garage which would be great. Also - Industrial style is cool but quite noisy due to lack of hallway carpets, etc. Plus there seems ..."

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Sonder at MAX
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Minneapolis - St. Paul

The downtown area of Minneapolis is small, neat and very walkable. Comprehensive public transportation coverage also means you won’t need to rent a car to explore the further-flung parts of the city. Ride the bus or the light-rail transit (LRT) to get where you need to go. Or, rent a bike with the Nice Ride bicycle sharing program. Find stands with bikes available for rent scattered across the city. Visit the Metro Transit website. Browse Minneapolis - St. Paul rental cars.

Best time to visit

Minneapolis is at its most vibrant in the summer. In the warmer months, the city’s cultural life thrives, with festivals, markets and other open-air events being abundant. June and August bring the best weather. Expect high temperatures of around 80 F (26 C). Do be aware that this is the peak tourist season, and prices for accommodations reflect that; however, you will find the experience well worth the extra cost.

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