Why We Love Minneapolis/St. Paul

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A Tale of Two Great Cities – and Four Great Seasons

The Twin Cities has a reputation for a cold climate, but for us, that’s just a lot of hot air. Even our most famous “resident” (fictional Mary Richards) is best known for removing her hat and tossing it over her head!

That’s because here in the Twin Cities, we celebrate all four beautiful seasons in the great outdoors: boating on Lake Minnetonka in the summer, biking Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes and running in the Twin Cities Marathon on a spectacular fall day, cross-country skiing on area trails and making fun of frostbite at St. Paul’s annual Winter Carnival, or welcoming back the beloved Minnesota Twins to Target Field for outdoor baseball in the spring.

Of course, there’s plenty to do indoors too. Our unique skyway system links commuters to offices, restaurants and theaters, while Mall of America consolidates a mega-shopping and entertainment experience under one roof.

  • Work: The Twin Cities has a long-standing reputation as a great place to work or start a business.  So it’s no surprise that it’s home to more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Target, Best Buy, General Mills, Medtronic and 3M and such well-known brand names as Cheerios, Post-its and Pacemaker.
  • Play: Minneapolis/St. Paul boasts the most theaters per capita (after NYC), including the lauded Guthrie Theater.  There are notable museums for exploring art and history, as well as ample venues for catching a concert. Local legends include recording artist Prince, cartoonist-philosopher Charles M. Schulz, and storyteller Garrison Keiller.
  • Cheer: It’s easy to root for the hometown team! The Twin Cities is represented in all major sports leagues: Twins (MLB), Vikings (NFL), Timberwolves (NBA) and Wild (NHL), as well as the Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) – reigning 2013 champions!

Whatever you love to do, you’ll love it twice as much in the Twin Cities.