Welcome to Minneapolis, MN!

What was once nothing more than a quaint little town in the Midwest has undergone a massive shift in recent years, consistently finding itself ranked as one of the top cities in America. By some miracle, Minneapolis has managed to maintain its funky, off-beat vibes with things like The Spoon and the Mall of America (who doesn’t want to eat a pretzel and ride a roller coaster in the same place), while also elevating itself by adapting into a food, music, and tech haven. While the winters here are no joke, the summers and early fall are beautiful, with crisp weather, 10,000 lakes, and a ton of hiking and nature to enjoy. And when you’re ready for more of that city life, go enjoy all of the art, sports, and culture this town has to offer. You might find you love it so much, you’re inspired to do your very own Mary Tyler Moore spin and hat throw by the time you leave this town.

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Here's Whym's top ten things to know about Minneapolis, MN

Welcome!

Welcome to the Twin Cities, the home of 10,000 lakes! Minneapolis/St Paul is an adorable town right in the middle of the country, who despite being under snow most of the year, has managed to carve out a fantastic personality, a blend of midwest friendly & city pride. Full of music, sports, nature, & more, Minneapolis is a truly lovely place to find yourself in & to spend time exploring.

Finding Your Way

Getting around Minneapolis is impressively easy. If you’re just staying in the heart of the city, there is an efficient Light Rail System & "Free Ride" busses will take you along Nicollet Mall, the main street in the city proper. Lyfts & taxis are readily available also or you could try Nice Ride, a bike-share program in the city for only $6/day. But the most interesting & fun way is by foot without ever touching the ground! The city is largely connected by more than 50 miles of skyways between buildings so as to avoid the frigid air during the coldest months.

Airport Deets

Minneapolis Airport (MSP) is about 20-30 minutes from downtown. A Lyft will usually run you $30-35, or you could hop on public transportation. The Blue or Green line on the LRT connects downtown to the airport, Mall of America & 43 other stations for less money but may take a little longer.

History

The origin & growth of the city was spurred by necessity due to its proximity to Ft. Snelling, a major US military hub, and St. Anthony Falls, which provided power for saw & flour mills. These mills started both General Mills & Pillsbury & soon MSP became a hub for many major companies. Now MSP has the highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country! Minneapolis would go on to breed not only companies but artists, chefs & musicians alike. Its influence can be found all across the US.

Why Am I Here?

How can we not love the town that gave us Prince, Mary Tyler Moore, & Bill Murray?! During a trip to MSP, you can enjoy nature, beer, music, art, all with that quintessential midwest charm. Plus - The Mall of America. Need we say more?

Weather

Winters can be bitter with highs only in the mid 20’s & the lows often in the single digits. In the summer though, the temperatures range from a low of 60° & the highs reach the 80’s. The month of August is often a perfect month of clear skies & perfect temperatures, making it a vacation hot spot.

Local Delicacies

A trip to Minneapolis isn’t complete without a Juicy Lucy - a cheese filled burger! Other specialties include the Tater Tot Hot dish, lefse & other Scandinavian fare, & anything made with local wild rice - everything from burgers to pancakes to fritters & porridge. Think hearty & midwestern, they even have pizza topped with mashed potatoes!

Souvenirs

Minnetonka moccasins, Nut Goodie candy bars, Sugar Sugar candies, locally harvested wild rice & Scandinavian sausages are some of the unique things to bring home from Minneapolis.

Style

Minnesotans wear thermals & flannel in the winter, but spring & autumn are pleasantly crisp & cool, so layering is key. Most Minnesotans go for comfort first, lots of cozy clothes and comfortable walking shoes. And when the sun comes out, so do the shorts -they don’t get to wear them for long, so they get into the spirit when they can!

Must Know

Minnesotans are smart - in fact Minneapolis is the most literate city in America. They used those smarts to build more than 50 miles of walkways to avoid the cold. They’re brilliant but easy to get lost in - don’t hesitate to ask for help.

I like Hollywood. I just like Minneapolis a little better

- Prince