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Minneapolis is Minnesota's largest city and the 48th-largest city in the United States with a population of over 380,000. The Minneapolis-Saint Paul region, which includes 182 cities and townships, has a population of over 3 million and is the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Known as the "City of Lakes"–it has 20 in all–Minneapolis also sits on the banks of the Mississippi River and has an abundance of wetlands, creeks, ponds, and the Mississippi River's only waterfall, St. Anthony Falls. Water is not the only natural resource that one may find in the city. This city spotted with forests once supporting a thriving timber industry, is also home to one of the nation's greatest parks systems. Minneapolis contains 770 square feet of park space per resident. In addition to cherishing its natural beauty, Minneapolis has celebrated a diverse cultural heritage, from its earliest inhabitants the Dakota Sioux to the immigrants that have come to city over the years from France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Latin America, Italy, Greece, Poland, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. Minneapolis also has the largest Somali population in North America, and it is ranked fourth among U.S. cities in the percentage of gay, lesbian, or bisexual people in its adult population as of 2006. Today, Minneapolis is an economic, educational and cultural hub of the Midwest. There are five Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Minneapolis, which gives it the fifth-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies among U.S. cities. It is also home to the University of Minnesota, which has the fourth-highest enrollment for a four-year public university in the U.S.; three private four-year colleges; and several other institutions of higher learning. Minneapolis residents also value the arts. The city is full of beautiful architecture and is home to several art museums, including the Walker Art Center, one of the nation's major modern art museums, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the largest museum in the city. There are also several performing arts groups, and the largest non-juried performing arts festival, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, is hosted by the city each year. Music is everywhere you turn. Catch a performance by the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall or turn into a number of local clubs to hear what Minneapolis' music scene has to offer. Legendary musician Prince, as well as bands Hüsker Dü and The Replacements are natives of Minneapolis. You may have to make more than one trip to Minneapolis to take in all of the sights, meet all of the people, and eat all of the delicious food that you would like.
With 18.3 million visitors to the city’s metro area each year, Minneapolis has become one of the most visited US destinations thanks to attractions such as world-class museums and galleries, a vibrant night-life and a shopping mall so large it even has its own postcode!
Minneapolis enjoys four distinct seasons and thus offers a wide variety of seasonal produce, fresh and delicious. Add to that the influences from immigrants that have found their way here and invested themselves in the growth of the city's food culture, and you have a healthy choice of vibrant and varied cuisine.
The murmur of the crowds on the streets, cars honking, people rushing to be on time for work, but here you are, free from those bonds because you are on a great vacation. A vacation that deserves a good cup of Joe in a relaxing cafe down the street. As soon as you enter one of them and close the door behind you it feels like you've stepped into a different world, a world of serenity, and as the strong smell of coffee surrounds you, you take a seat and leave the stress far behind.
Minneapolis nightlife could be everything from a cordial dinner combined with an entertaining cabaret to a wild and crazy night on the town or why not go on a pub crawl and discover every high-quality bar the city has to offer? If you would like to get a sense of the local music scene, the best way is to pop into one of the many bars and music venues and experience a nice little adventure in the town.
Minneapolis has its part in retail history, with the largest mall in America situated in the city’s downtown area and country's trendiest discount retailer. Targets and Mall of America is one of the shopping destinations that should not be missed. In the town you will find everything from young designer stores, funky boutiques, major retailers and big malls. Downtown of Minneapolis offers stores like Macy´s, Nicollet Mall, Saks Off Fifth, Target's flagship store, Martin Patrick III Finnstyle, and lots of other exceptional shops.
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