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You're Going to Love Minneapolis

Minneapolis A.K.A Waterfall City, is a city of great food, sporting attractions, natural beauty, and cultural delights. In fact, it's the pearl of the north, and a destination that's easy to fall for.

If if not the the cheesy Juicy Lucy burgers you become obsessed with, it might be the local beers from the Surly Brewing Co, it could be restaurants on Eat Street or the magical art collection at the Walker Art Center. Whatever it is that draws people in, Minneapolis is a city that keeps people coming back for more.

While it's not huge (around 400,000 people in all), this is a city with heart and soul. You can feel it at Target Field as the Twins get ready to bat. You can sense it in the parks and at the markets of Downtown. Minneapolis is special, and it could well be the ideal city break destination for you.

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What to do in Minneapolis

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Minnehaha Park
Weisman Art Museum
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When to Visit Minneapolis

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The best time to visit the Twin Cities is during the summer, which lasts from June through to early September. Most visitors avoid traveling in the winter months, which are usually bitterly cold, although, with the Skyways network and plenty of winter-friendly attractions, there's still plenty to do. However, to see the Mississippi in all its glory and enjoy the city's walking tours, book a trip in July or August, when the sun shines, and the whole city is open for business.

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How to Get to Minneapolis

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Where to Stay in Minneapolis

If you want to stay in the center of town, good Downtown accommodation options include Graves 601 and the Hotel Ivy, as well as the Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis which has an excellent grill restaurant. There are more budget options in the south of the city, including the Holiday Inn Metrodome, while the Embassy Suites Hotel Minneapolis - North is a good place to sleep in the northern half of the city.

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How to Get Around Minneapolis

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Shopping Streets

Shopping is one of the highlights of a trip to Minneapolis and visitors with money to burn have plenty of options. The most famous mall in the area is Mall of America, located in suburban Bloomington. The largest mall in the USA, there's something for everyone, including branches of Macy's, Nordstrom's and Old Navy. Back in town, the major shopping center is the pedestrianized Nicollet Mall in Downtown. It's a great place to shop at major chains like Macy's and stop for a bite to eat at restaurants like Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse.

Groceries and Other

If you need to shop for groceries, Minneapolis offers plenty of choice. In the Downtown area alone, there are a number of Whole Foods stores, along with plenty of Cub Foods outlets. There's even a farmers' market on East Lyndale Avenue that is open every day of the week. Food costs shouldn't be too high. A gallon of milk costs around $3, and a pound of apples is $2.35 - cheap by the standards of many US cities.

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Where to Eat in Minneapolis

Whether you want gourmet food or authentic American classics Minneapolis will have something for you. The first place to head is probably Eat Street in Downtown Minneapolis, where you'll find great Vietnamese restaurants like Quang and German eateries like the Black Forest Inn. Then, head to Matt's Bar in the south of the city for a Juicy Lucy. A speciality of Minneapolis, Juicy Lucy's are beef burgers that contain cheese inside two patties that have been molded together. And, if you are in Midtown, check out Mercado Central, which is the best place in town to find great Mexican food. A mid-range meal should cost around $13-18, while you can expect to pay more than $30 at up-market restaurants.

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