The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul may be twins but they offer different yet complementary approaches to culture, ambiance and architecture.
The twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis couldn't be more different. At the point where the Minnesota and the Mississippi River meet, you will find the quaint, charming city of St. Paul, the capital of Minneapolis. Despite being separated by a mere 14 kilometres, the personalities of these cities contrast greatly.
Often referred to as the culture capital, the cosmopolitan Minneapolis has the larger population of the two. Originally known as Pig's Eye Landing, St. Paul was formed when residents built a church for Paul the apostle and despite becoming the capital of the state in 1849, the city has always maintained its charming identity.
Minneapolis has a healthy balance of natural spaces and exciting culture. Huge shopping centres, world-class theatres and spectacular dining options have given rise to its nickname, "Mini-Apple". One thing it does have in common with New York is its famous residents. Prince who was born in Minneapolis still lives and records here. Head to Minnesota History Center to see the suit he wore for the film Purple Rain.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul really is a great place to come no matter what time of year or the type of trip you’re looking for. Admire the changing foliage in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Kids will love the Water Park of America or Nickelodeon Universe. Each city has its own zoo also, and while the one in Minneapolis is bigger, the one in St. Paul is free to enter. Explore the exciting arts scene with a visit to Walker Art Center with its iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry landmark. The architecture of the Weisman Art Museum, designed by world-famous Frank Gehry, is worth a visit alone.
The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul complement each other beautifully. Quaint old-country charm merges wonderfully with a vibrant cosmopolitan scene, enveloped by awe-inspiring landscape.