Minneapolis and St. Paul
As the two largest cities in what is often called the Twin Cities area, Minneapolis and St. Paul are twins in name only. With 22 lakes and miles of parkways, Minneapolis emphasizes its natural beauty – even in the creation of its name so long ago. "Minne" is an American Indian name for water, "polis" the Greek word for city. It's no surprise that Minneapolis' nickname is the "City of Lakes." In contrast, the downtown area features a contemporary skyline, trendy restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, sports stadiums and major national department stores.
St. Paul has the ambiance of a historic river town with traditional architecture, and a newly restored riverfront along the Mississippi River. Activities for all ages are found in the downtown area including the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Children's Museum, as well as rotating exhibits at the historic Landmark Center. The Minnesota State Capitol building is well worth a visit. St. Paul also celebrates its ethnic culture in special events throughout the year.
Both Minneapolis and St. Paul present a full calendar of Broadway touring shows, performances and concerts as well as world-renowned art from contemporary to classic. The cities each offer an incredible selection of gourmet and ethnic restaurants, many featuring locally grown foods. If you visit during warmer months, you're likely to enjoy your meal alfresco at a sidewalk cafe or patio.