Minneapolis, Minnesota

Along the waters of the Minnesota, St. Croix, and Mississippi rivers sit the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Though the cities share much, each has its own unique character. Minneapolis is slightly younger with more modern architecture and skyscrapers, while the city of St. Paul preserves a European style.

Cycle or walk around the Chain of Lakes for beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Lake Calhoun is central to Twin City outdoor life. Browse art exhibits ranging from the Romanov dynasty to Soviet art at the Museum of Russian Art. Hop on over to St. Paul and stroll past the grandiose Gilded Age houses of Summit Avenue. Visit the Como Zoo and Conservatory and check in on the zoo's Galapagos tortoises, Marco and Erwin.

Dive into a breakfast of bacon fries, baked French toast, and a bottomless cup of locally brewed coffee at Minneapolis's Parka. Order a lamb kebab, a hummus plate, and feta & spinach pie at St. Paul's Mediterranean delight, Shish. And be sure to stop in at family-owned Ingebretsen's on East Lake in Minneapolis since 1921 for traditional Swedish sausage, specialty Scandinavian cheeses, Norwegian wool sweaters, and artisan-made Nordic woodwork.