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

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Minneapolis Bloomington W
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Minneapolis Bloomington W
3 out of 5
5151 American Blvd West, Bloomington, MN, 55437
The price is $71 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bloomington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,008 reviews)
"It was very clean"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Minneapolis Bloomington W
Baymont by Wyndham Bloomington MSP Airport
Baymont by Wyndham Bloomington MSP Airport
2.5 out of 5
1200 E 78th St, Richfield, MN, 55423
The price is $75 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Richfield. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
3.7/5 Good! (969 reviews)
"Had a very nice stay. Staff was friendly, room was clean."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Baymont by Wyndham Bloomington MSP Airport
Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport-South
Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport-South
3 out of 5
7800 International Drive, Bloomington, MN, 55425
Fully refundable
The price is $98 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bloomington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,229 reviews)
"Staff very friendly. Room was nice and clean. Pool and hot tub really nice. Would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport-South
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WoodSpring Suites Minneapolis Airport Mendota Heights
WoodSpring Suites Minneapolis Airport Mendota Heights
2.5 out of 5
1432 Northland Drive, Mendota Heights, MN, 55120
The price is $80 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Mendota Heights. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
2.9/5 (135 reviews)
"Employees were very helpful and kind!"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

WoodSpring Suites Minneapolis Airport Mendota Heights
WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
2.5 out of 5
975 Weir Ave., Woodbury, MN, 55125
The price is $85 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Woodbury. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
2.9/5 (213 reviews)
"Staff is very friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
Sonder at MODI
Sonder at MODI
3.5 out of 5
2015 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55405
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Minneapolis. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and concierge services. Popular attractions Target ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (33 reviews)
"The apartment was clean, well decorated and had everything that we needed. We were also able to walk to the Walker Museum of Art and the sculpture garden."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

Sonder at MODI
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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