MINNEAPOLIS/

ST. PAUL

 
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Minneapolis and St. Paul together comprise the Twin Cities, the third largest metropolitan community in the Midwest. Straddling the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Paul is the state capital, and Minneapolis boasts a modern downtown of skyscrapers and global businesses, with surrounding neighborhoods that have an accessible Midwestern feel. While a major urban center, Minneapolis is also a friendly, welcoming, and moderately priced community. The Twin Cities support a robust scene of arts and cultural programming, and are home to numerous prestigious institutions, including the encyclopedic Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center and its sculpture garden (pictured above), the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Museum of Art at UMN, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Guthrie Theater, and the University of Minnesota.  Minneapolis is also known as an important music hub for alternative - folk, funk, hip hop and rap backgrounds, even Bob Dylan and Prince, Minnesota natives. Restaurants offer international and multi-ethnic fare, and Minneapolis is home to a thriving festival tradition, including the Minnesota Craft Beer Festival and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers will find much to celebrate in Minneapolis, where “you are never more than six blocks from a park,” and where you can find waterways, lakes, waterfalls, and scenic walking/biking paths. For sports fans, the Twin Cities offer several major-league teams: Vikings (NFL), Twins (MLB), Wild (NHL), Timberwolves (NBA) and four-time WNBA champion Lynx, and Minnesota United FC (MLS)