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Minneapolis/St. Paul travel guide

Photograph: Mike Novak
TWIN ANCHORS IDS Tower (center) may be the tallest building in Minneapolis, but Target Field, the new home of the Minnesota Twins, draws bigger crowds.

When it comes to world-class Midwest cities, Chicago handily trounces the competition (not that we're biased). But Minneapolis-St. Paul exudes its own kind of quiet cool, and we don't just mean the weather. Dispatched by bus, train, car and plane, four writers discovered that the sleek new Twins stadium, chic restaurants and bars (and legal food trucks!), jaw-dropping art and architecture, vibrant music scene and more outdoor activities than you can shake a stick at (or food on a stick) make the Twin Cities well worth a weekend jaunt. And you know what? The weather was pretty pleasant (except for that brief snow shower).

Field trip
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Field trip

Gourmet grub sates fans at the Twins' new ballpark, while active types hike and bike Minneapolis's miles of lakefront.

I would fly 4 U
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I would fly 4 U

We may have missed Prince by a couple of hours, but purple isn't the sole color of the city's vibrant music scene.

Heartland, artland
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Heartland, artland

A "big five" collection of modern art, a Frank Gehry–designed museum and top-ranked regional theater? The only challenge is how to ...

Pole stars
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Pole stars

Eat the world on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair.

Eating Minnesota
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Eating Minnesota

Fresh-brewed sake and fancy food trucks help give the Twin Cities culinary clout.

Where to stay
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Where to stay

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