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Minneapolis Introduction


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Minneapolis and St. Paul might be called twins, but they are not identical. Minneapolis is often considered the more cosmopolitan and shiny city; St. Paul (10 mi/16 km away) is the state capital that offers a more historical, traditional atmosphere. The Minneapolis metro area, flanking both banks of the Mississippi River, teems with Fortune 500 companies; a thriving music, art and theater scene; and professional sports teams.  Click here to see the full Minneapolis travel guide on Travel42 »

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Minneapolis Geography


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Situated in the southeastern half of Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul sit atop the bluffs of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Minneapolis extends to the west and St. Paul to the east. Interstate 94 is the main east-west artery connecting the two cities. Hennepin Avenue is a major Minneapolis thoroughfare, with dozens of restaurants, theaters and clubs on both sides. University Avenue and Wabasha Street divide St. Paul into four main quadrants. (Be aware that in Minneapolis, a street's directional designation generally appears after the street name, as in Seventh Street South. But in St. Paul, most directional designations are listed before the name of the street.)  Click here to see the full Minneapolis travel guide on Travel42 »

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Minneapolis History


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Native American tribes (Sioux, Ojibway and Dakotah) were the primary inhabitants of Minnesota until the late 1600s. In 1680, Louis Hennepin, a Belgian-born Catholic priest, visited the territory and began trading fur with the Native Americans. This marked the beginning of one of the area's biggest industries.  Click here to see the full Minneapolis travel guide on Travel42 »

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Minneapolis Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Minneapolis and St. Paul have many excellent museums and interesting historical sights to explore. The Walker Art Center is internationally known for its sometimes-controversial exhibits of contemporary art. Its spacious sculpture garden boasts Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's witty pop-art fountain Spoonbridge and Cherry among its treasures. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a superb collection of classical art from every continent. Noteworthy museums in St. Paul include the Minnesota History Center and the Science Museum of Minnesota.   Click here to see the full Minneapolis travel guide on Travel42 »

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Minneapolis Nightlife


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The vibrant nightlife of St. Paul and Minneapolis attracts an eclectic mix of music lovers, clubgoers, urban socialites and suburbanites looking for a big night out. In the 1980s, Minneapolis clubs and bars were the breeding grounds for the sound that shook up the record industry. Fans of Prince should visit First Avenue and Seventh Street Entry, the club that spawned His Purpleness more than three decades ago. Today, much of the Twin Cities' nightlife centers on Minneapolis' Warehouse District, but St. Paul can claim some of the best live music.   Click here to see the full Minneapolis travel guide on Travel42 »

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Minneapolis Restaurants & Dining


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Minneapolis and St. Paul are great towns for dining. You can find almost any kind of food, from high-priced, exquisitely prepared French-inspired fare to authentic Ukrainian sausages. Minneapolis' Nicollet Mall is home to a number of local favorites.   Click here to see the full Minneapolis travel guide on Travel42 »

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