City of Minneapolis which is simply known as Minneapolis is a major city in United State. Serving as the county seat of Hennepin County, the city is the 14th-largest metropolitan area in the United Minneapolis city and lies on both the banks of the river. Minneapolis is situated at an altitude of 264 meters above sea level and has a land area of 293.5 km2 which is inhabited by more than 3.8 million residents. Dakota Sioux were the oldest inhabitants of the city followed by French explorers who arrived here in 1680. The present day city was incorporated in 1876. The city has more than twenty lakes and wetlands and has played a pivot role in the economic growth of the city. English is the official language spoken by majority of people living in the city.
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport is the major international airport serving Minneapolis and is located in southeast border of the city between Minnesota State Highway 5, Interstate 494, Minnesota State Highway 77, and Minnesota State Highway 62. The city has humid continental type of climate that is characterized by freezing cold winters and moderately warm summers coupled with humidity. May-October will be the best to visit the city if you are not fond of winter. Snowfall is a common occurrence during the winter season and January is the coldest month of the year. Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Oktoberfest Minneapolis, The Zombie Run are some of the major events and festivals celebrated here.
Be it cultural attraction, heritage glory, natural fascinations or shopping delights, tourists has every reason to holiday in Minneapolis. Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is perhaps one of the primary attractions in Minneapolis. It is truly a heaven for natural and wildlife aficionados. Covering more than 3 million acres, of which 445,000 acres or is made up of water, here tourists can sight bears, moose, and wolves in their natural habitat. North Shore Drive is a must do activity in Minneapolis and this drive from starts from north shore of Lake Superior from Duluth to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada and offers numerous natural attractions on the way.
Cathedral of St Paul is an important landmark in the city. It serves as a national Shrine of the Apostle Paul and a pilgrimage site and has a capacity of holding 3,000 people. Voyageurs National Park is another natural attraction known for offering opportunities for canoeing, boating and fishing. International Wolf Center near Ely is an important educational center supporting the survival of wolves. Mall of America was once the largest mall in American but today it is also famous for its numerous restaurants, theaters and entertainment options. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park was built in 1920 to protect Lake Superior shipping is located 20 northeast of Two Harbors.
St Cloud Clemens Gardens (featuring approximately 80,000 annual plants), Walker Art Center, Lake Calhoun, Lake Hamiet, American Swedish Institute, Lake of the Isles, Minnehaha Park, Lakewood Cemetery, Bell Museum of Natural History, Gold Medal Park and Aerial Lift Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a must see attraction in Minneapolis.
Eating and Shopping
A cosmopolitan city, in Minneapolis you can savor dishes from all over the world. But there are a few specialties of the city, which too should be enjoyed. Packed with great breweries, plenty of high end restaurants and classy eating places, that makes Minneapolis a haven for foodies. Chicken and Waffles at HauteDish, Surly Brewing, Lemon-Ricotta Hotcakes at Hell’s Kitchen, Fish Taco Torta at Tilia, Sake at Moto-I, Libertine at Fulton Beer, Happy Hour at Republic, Vegetable Sides at Brasa, Asparagus, Fontina and Quinoa Waffle at Birchwood Cafe and Masala Mama IPA at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery are some of the most popular places to enjoy their delicacies. Nicollet Avenue's Eat Street is a place to enjoy variety of ethnic fare while Dinkytown and Stadium Village offer wide fare of Americanized Chinese dishes. Midtown and Northeast are popular areas filled with numerous food joints. Hotdish, lutefisk and Hamburgers are the delectable local dishes one should not miss.
Similar to the wide range of cuisine options, tourists can also enjoy endless shopping opportunities in the city. To buy fur and leather head to the Ribnik Fur and Leather at discount prices, Patina is an excellent place to lamps, jewelry, flower pots and picture frames. For luxury shoppers and brand conscious tourists, Galleria and Calhoun Square are the ultimate destinations. St. Anthony District & Northeast Minneapolis and Warehouse District are the places where tourists of any budgets can shop their heart out. Places near Edina, Grand Avenue at St. Paul, Stillwater, White Bear Lake and Midtown Global Market are the famous for their street markets.
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