Minneapolis is vibrant city with a culinary scene that ranks alongside any other in the US. With its upmarket museums and edgy theaters, it’s the most progressive and open-minded city on the prairie, and one that is proving to be a big hit with an increasing number of visitors.
Think Minneapolis and you think of the cold. And while there is some truth in this, it really does depend when you visit. Go in the winter when the air is heavy with frost, brave the snow and ice, and you’ll see one side of life. Visit in May through September and it’s a different city altogether. And although there is the odd shower even in high summer, it really shouldn’t dampen the fun.
In terms of getting cheap flights to Minneapolis, the winter is the time to visit. Visitor numbers rise sharply in the summer, with flight prices and accommodation going up accordingly.
No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll notice on thing above others: how nice and polite everybody is. You’ll lose count of the amount of times people will wish you a nice day. Who knows, you may even get into the habit yourself!
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Tick the box marked ‘My Dates Are Flexible’, and you can broaden your options in terms of which days you can fly. Often you will find cheaper one-way flights to Minneapolis on certain days of the week.
There are numerous direct flights to Minneapolis from other US destinations.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is the main air hub serving the city, located around 10 miles to the southeast of the city. It handles both domestic and international flights from destinations around the world.
The airport has two main terminals, called the Lindbergh and the Humphrey, and is well connected to the city. Taxis are available from just outside the airport with fares into town costing around $30. The Metro Transit bus route 55 is another option, with fares being between $2 and $3, depending on the time of day.
Direct Minneapolis flights are available from a number of different carriers.
The streets of Minneapolis are designed in a rigid grid system and the city is configured in four quadrants, so it’s relatively easy to get to grips with the city’s layout.
The public transit system is operated by Metro Transit, who run a light rail service covering most of the downtown area.
There is also a bus system, although it can be confusing to non-residents. But you can use the Metro Transit website to plan you journey, which does help.
It’s also possible to buy multiday passes that cover one, seven and 31 day stays in the city.
The Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts are two of the city’s leading cultural highlights, boasting some of the best collections in the US.
If you can visit in May, try and catch the parade which is great whatever the weather. And you should take advantage of the city’s reputation as a major center of performing arts. The Guthrie Theater and Minnesota Centennial Showboat have been delighting audiences for decades.
With thick snow and ice in winter it can be very difficult to get around. Snow falls, melts and refreezes, leaving thick icy patches that are very dangerous. Driving in the city at this time is not recommended.
True to its reputation, Minneapolis is downright frigid and often frozen from November through March. Minneapolis and neighboring St. Paul—which make up the Twin Cities—combine for the coldest average temperature in any city in the country, with lows of 4 degrees and 12 degrees in January and February. The upside is that, due to its location, Minneapolis also receives ample sunshine in the winter, even though you’re probably not planning on sunbathing then.
The gloom of the winter months retreats to beautiful regrowth in spring and summer, and although visitors will find slightly higher airfare and hotel prices May through August, the extra bucks are well worth it. Minneapolis is famed for its vast park system, which includes the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway and its seven districts and 50.1 miles of trails, lakes, and riverfront. The byway is the perfect place for a bike ride or jog in the warm summer months, when temperatures hover in the mid-80s. Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and visitors who travel to Minneapolis in the spring and summer will never be too far from good fishing, boating, water-skiing, and swimming.
Minneapolis also features Target Field, home of the Twins and the top-ranked sports stadium in North America, according to ESPN the Magazine. Travelers to the city during baseball season (April through October) would be wise to check it out.
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