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There’s a reason why almost 28 million people visit the Twin Cities every year

The Twin Cities of MinneapolisSt. Paul combine the best of urban spaces amidst seemingly endless miles of parks, trails and major waterways. From a culinary scene that ranks among the top in the nation to world-class theaters, museums and of course, Mall of America, there’s simply no better place to get out and explore. Your adventures await.

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Entertainment on Every Corner

When it comes to food you will find more than just hotdish in the Twin Cities. While it is true that residents will never turn down a pan of grandma’s favorite comfort food, Minneapolis-St. Paul has been dubbed “America’s next great food city” by Saveur magazine, and for good reason.

The metro is hotter than a wood-fired grill with the constant addition of new and original eateries that serve up unique dishes as well as gourmet classics, all headed by chefs looking to make a name for themselves and those beefing up their already impressive culinary repertoire.

In addition to the impressive number of stellar brick-and-mortar establishments, a fleet of food trucks can be found lining the streets of downtown Minneapolis every afternoon in the summer and fall, whipping up perfect lunch getaways from mammoth-sized sandwiches to authentic Chilean cuisine.

The Twin Cities are primed to dazzle even the most seasoned of food critics’ taste buds. Eateries and culinary artists such as Travail Kitchen & Amusements from accomplished chefs Bob Gerken, Mike Brown and James Winberg, and Jim Christiansen of Heyday—a once-McDonald’s fry cook turned 2015 and 2016 semifinalist for James Beard Best Chef Midwest—spearhead the way for fare. And Surly Brewing Co., named one of the top 100 breweries in the world by RateBeer, is their sudsy equivalent.

 

Minnesota sports have been inking their stories in the history books since their inception. Who could forget Kirby Puckett rounding the bases and pumping his fist after smashing the game-winning home run in the 11th inning of game six, sending the 1991 World Series to a decisive game seven? Yes, the same game seven after which the Twins would end up being crowned World Series Champions for a second time in the team’s history.

Add in the blueprints of world-class arenas like the Xcel Energy Center, Target Field and the recently constructed U.S. Bank Stadium, home of Super Bowl LII, and you have the building blocks for an experience well worth the price of admission. Home to professional teams including Timberwolves basketball, Vikings football, Wild hockey, Twins baseball, and the WNBA Lynx, who have hoisted the trophy three of the past six seasons (talk about dynasty), the Twin Cities offer heart-pounding sporting events throughout the year.
If your sports appetite still has not been satisfied, the Twin Cities are also home to the Minnesota United FC MLS soccer team (whose new home field will be built in St. Paul in 2018) and minor league baseball team the St. Paul Saints. CHS Field, home of the Saints, was the winner of the 2016 American Institute of Architects award, marking the first time a minor league ballpark has won the award in its 67-year history.

 

If the arts are more your speed, Minneapolis-St. Paul has enough to satisfy anyone’s cultural diet. Anchored by the Minneapolis Institute of Art with a collection that spans 83,000 pieces of work, the metro is home to more than 50 museums alone.

When it comes to performing arts in the Twin Cities, the metro boasts the second most theater seats per capita in the nation—second only to New York. All of this creativity is anchored by the Guthrie Theater, which houses three theaters and 2,000 total seats. Another powerhouse in the world of performing arts in the Twin Cities is Hennepin Theatre Trust. This organization is comprised of the Orpheum, State, New Century and Pantages Theatres, which frequently put crowd favorites such as Wicked and Hamilton in lights. With touring Broadway plays and musicals making frequent pit stops, exhibits featuring nationally and locally renowned artists, a plethora of musical and dance performances, and an expanding comedy scene responsible for gut-busting laughs every night of the week, the Twin Cities performing arts scene will have you laughing, crying and applauding your way to the box office to see what’s headlining next.

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