Get to Know Minnesota's Twin Cities
The Twin Cities of Minnesota host 60 percent of the state’s population. While St. Paul is the state capital, Minneapolis is the state’s most populous city. The cities are adjoining and lie on the banks of the Mississippi River. Here’s a brief travel itinerary comprising places to see and activities to do in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Take a look.
Places to Visit in Minneapolis
The St.Paul-Minneapolis metropolitan area is at the forefront of theater and stands just behind New York and Chicago in terms of theater market. The Guthrie Theater is the largest of Minneapolis’s theaters, occupying a three-stage complex with restaurants, public spaces, and a 178 foot cantilever bridge, Endless Bridge. The internationally renowned theater company was founded in 1963, and the Guthrie is known for both classical literature and contemporary productions.
The new baseball stadium opened in 2010 to host the charismatic Minnesota Twins. The open-air stadium seats over 39,000 fans. It has been ranked as the best stadium experience in the country. The Target Plaza is a great place to stop for a bite before or during the games.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The museum complex takes up 8 acres. There is no entrance fee, except for special exhibits, and photographs of the permanent collection are allowed for personal use. The museum collection comprises 80,000 objects covering 5,000 years of art history.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
The garden, spanning across a massive 11-acres, is one of the largest urban sculpture parks in the US. The main attractions here are the Cherry fountain and Spoonbridge. It also houses 40 works of art from the nearby Walker Arts Center.
One of the most popular lakes in the area, there are many beaches on Lake Calhoun. It is also great for sailboarding, canoeing, and other water sports.
Places to Visit in St. Paul
Cathedral of St. Paul
This Roman Catholic cathedral sits on a hill overlooking the city. It is the third largest church in the U.S. and features a distinctive copper dome.
James J. Hill House
This U.S. National Historic Landmark was completed in 1891 at the behest of railroad magnate James J. Hill. The home is 36,000 square feet and was built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. The outside is marked by pillars, arches, and randomly sized stones. The interior has an art gallery, a music room, a formal dining room, a library, a drawing room, and bedrooms, which are available for touring.
Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Beginning in 1886, this annual winter festival celebrates Minnesota’s cold weather with ice sculpting competitions, a treasure hunt, food, games, and a massive ice palace.
Mall of America
You can’t talk about Minnesota without mentioning the Mall of America, located in the suburbs of the St. Paul-Minneapolis region. 40 million people visit this mall every year since it was opened in 1992. It is the second largest shopping mall in America and has the most store vendors of any mall in the country. It hosts the largest indoor theme park in the U.S. The mall was built on the site of the former Minnesota Twins ballpark, Metropolitan Stadium, and a plaque sits in the mall in the exact spot where the home plate was located. The mall hosts many events and has numerous attractions.