Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Fri Jul 5, 2013 9:06am EDT
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By Mark Meadows

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - What is America's greatest double act? Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers? The Blues Brothers?

For residents of the U.S. midwestern state of Minnesota, there is an easy answer - the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Relatively low crime rates, a plethora of lakes and picnic spots, interesting architecture and top-class sports teams make the pair a desirable place to live and to visit - as long as you dodge the wicked cold if you are not into winter sports.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a weekend trip in the area.


5 p.m. - Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which even has tornado shelters in the restrooms, is to the south of both cities.

Plenty of chain hotels line the Interstate nearby but if you stay in downtown Minneapolis there is a modern tram service from the airport (

Minneapolis is generally livelier and a better bet for hotels than the more staid state capital St. Paul, 20 minutes east by road.   Continued...

Cyclists and walkers cross the pedestrian-only stone arch bridge that crosses the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Miller