10 Best Trips of Summer 2011 and out of all the places in the world, our little city of Minneapolis came in #4!!??!! Now, I wouldn't live here if I didn't like it, and Target Field, the farmer's markets, biking trails and lakes are all pretty sweet and easy to enjoy during our 5.5 months of nice weather (I recently did the math..it's depressing)...but I still think I'd rather travel to their other recommended destinations such as Portugal, Honduras or even up there in Alaska.
Here's why they recommend the mini-apple (PS The monstrosity known as the MOA is hell on earth.)
A pedestrian-and-pedal-friendly downtown and welcoming Midwestern vibe make it easy for first-time visitors to quickly feel at home in Minneapolis. Snow can fall here from October to April, so the arrival of warm weather launches a full throttle, June-August celebration of arts, music, and cultural festivals (check out the Minneapolis Aquatennial, July 16-24); farmers markets (17); and fan-friendly Minnesota Twins baseball (played downtown at Target Field—ranked the top sports stadium in North America by ESPN The Magazine). Survey the vibrant scene from the new CRAVE restaurant rooftop patio near the State Theatre, then grab a bike at the nearest Nice Ride Minnesota kiosk ($5 plus trip fees) and cruise all or part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, a 50-mile urban trail loop. With 22 city lakes and the mighty Mississippi, playing on, in or near the water always is an option. Indoor activities center on the city’s 57 museums and the 4.2 million-square-foot Mall of America housing 520 plus stores and Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor family theme park.