Minneapolis/St. Paul

Minneapolis/St. Paul Travel Guide

The city’s premier locally owned outdoor store is an addictive spot for adventurers looking for camping, climbing, and paddling gear—or simply a pair of comfortable shoes.

This hands-on museum, beautifully situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, is as much a playground for adults as it is for children.

Why It’s Cool: As America’s longest continuous urban public parkway, this circular 50-mile asphalt path includes nine miles along the Mississippi River.

Built in the early 20th century, the columned, Beaux Arts-style Minneapolis Institute of Arts now includes a wing added in 1974 by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange and a 2005 addition by American architect Micheal Graves.

Grumpy’s bar proudly (and rightly) promotes its three pool tables as an attraction, but there is a full "slate" of regular and special events that have patrons clamoring for seats each night as well: recurring karaoke, retro movie nights, comedy sessions and the occasional vaudeville performance,

Both fresh creations and classics from children's literature are brought to life at this family-focused regional theatre.

Jazz enthusiasts of every stripe gather at this nationally renowned venue to hear local talent and touring musicians—everyone from vocalists like Nellie McKay to the ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.

Named for owner Anthony Andler’s great-grandfather (a tailor and 1917 Russian immigrant), Heimie’s is the sort of men’s clothing store you may have thought extinct.

The first Thursday of every month, between 5 and 9 p.m., is the time to studio hop in Minneapolis’s Northeast neighborhood.

The Spread: True locavores haunt the 167 stalls of St. Paul's downtown Saturday market, and for good reason: every farmer and producer selling here comes from within a 75-mile radius of the city (a top 10 vote-getter for markets in our AFC survey).

Consistently voted the best bakery in the city, Franklin Street has been selling fresh breads, pastries, and cakes since 1998.

Dedicated to providing a showcase for one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories from emerging local talent, this sunny Uptown shop dresses men and women in style.

The glamorous Ordway Center, with its expansive glass façade and dramatically curved interior staircase, is the jewel of St. Paul’s performing arts scene, staging a nonstop schedule of Broadway-style musicals, international music and dance, and educational programs.