Theater: The Guthrie Theater tops the best-of-the-best list, garnering international acclaim as one of three theaters around the U.S. to attract London's Royal Shakespeare Company. The Hennepin Avenue Theatre District brings Broadway to Minneapolis, or for something different, try one of the many experimental theaters.
Architecture: Between the world-class architects who have added their modern designs and the old art deco preserved in the historic landmarks, architecture lovers will have a full itinerary.
The Twin Cities are not identified by one particular type of food or cuisine, despite the Scandinavian roots and predominantly Lutheran background. However, two specialties that appear frequently on many restaurant menus are walleye (the state fish) and wild rice soup, a favorite among locals.
If you're here for 1 day: Even with a brief visit, you can still fall in love with the Twin Cities by focusing on downtown Minneapolis. Check out the Walker Art Center and adjacent sculpture garden, then shop and dine your way down Nicollet Mall. See a show at the acclaimed Guthrie Theater or in the Hennepin Avenue Theatre District.
Cultural events overload: Museums? Check. Two of the best include the world-class modern art museum the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Theatre? Check. The Hennepin Avenue Theatre District offers Broadway shows in addition to the esteemed productions the Guthrie Theater puts on. Music? Check. The Cities draw national acts and gave plenty of musicians their start (Prince, The Replacements, Soul Asylum, and Bob Dylan, to name a few). Sports? Check.
Foodies: Restaurants dish innovative cuisine with local ingredients, which has its challenges in winter, to say the least. Parsnips anyone? Don't let that fool you, the Twin Cities is one very serious food town with many establishments gaining national recognition and racking up James Beard nominations. Farmers' markets, many featuring local organic food, dot the summer landscape.
Summer showcases all the best that the Twin Cities has to offer—local farmers' markets, flowers in full bloom, water activities on the nearly 10,000 lakes in the surrounding area, outdoor dining and music options, festivals... you get the idea. Too bad summer is also one of the briefest seasons. The weather can get hot and humid, although more often than not summers are sunny and pleasant. Fall brings beautiful foliage—take a scenic drive to capture the changing colors of the season.
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