The Twin Cities

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul is cosmopolitan with an intimate Midwestern feel. Not identical twins — different in both architecture and ambiance — these cities each offer their own approach to arts, landmark architecture, dining and intriguing attractions. Combined, the Twin Cities is the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., with approximately 3.4 million residents

In the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers all pass through the Twin Cities after winding through smaller towns with quaint main streets and unique histories of their own.



The city of Minneapolis is abundantly rich in water, with twenty lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks and waterfalls — many connected by scenic parkways. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, it was once the world’s flour milling capital and a hub for timber. Today it contains the fifth-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S.

The largest city in the state of Minnesota, the population of the city of Minneapolis is approximately 392,000. Minneapolis’s name is attributed to the city’s first school teacher, who combined “mni,” a Dakota Sioux word for water, and “polis,” the Greek word for city.

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St. Paul

stpaulThe city of Saint Paul is the state capital of Minnesota and the state’s second-most populous city, with a population of approximately 285,000 residents. The city lies mostly on the east bank of the Mississippi River where it meets with the Minnesota River. Founded near historic Native American settlements as a trading and transportation center, Saint Paul has a fascinating history and striking architecture.

Every winter, the city hosts the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, a tradition that originated in 1886 when a New York reporter called Saint Paul “another Siberia.” Attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, the event showcases ice sculpting, an annual treasure hunt, winter food, activities, and an ice palace.

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