Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis is all about water. Not only did its name come from the Greek word for the substance, but it also has more than 20 lakes, wetland areas, creeks and waterfalls nearby.
In the past, the city of lakes saw prosperity thanks to its proximity to water, with grain and timber mills springing up where they could be powered using water wheels, which in turn significantly boosted the local economy.
Now, with much of its original manufacturing industry gone, Minneapolis uses its waterways for recreational purposes. The city currently makes its fortune in commerce, finance and technology.
Minneapolis was named the Top Tech City in the US by Popular Science magazine back in 2005.
Together with its neighbor Saint Paul, Minneapolis is one of Minnesota's Twin Cities and is a popular place for tourists.
Minneapolis Travel Tips
When travelling to the city, you will most likely arrive at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. However, make sure you note down which terminal you will be arriving at, as there are two terminals and the buildings themselves are quite large.
Once you get your bearings, you can then make use of the excellent Hiawatha Line light rail to get from the terminal to the downtown area and your Minneapolis hotel.
You can also use the Hiawatha Line to travel around Minneapolis and do some exploring. It covers the whole downtown area, including Target Field, the Metrodome, Mall of America and almost everywhere in between. It is ideal for those visiting for the first time. It is also an inexpensive way to travel around the city for those on a budget.
Buses are also frequent and reliable, although the routes can be somewhat difficult to decipher at first. Make sure you get hold of an unlimited ride pass called a Go-To Card, which will allow you to top up and travel around for a day, a week or even a month if your stay in Minneapolis hotels ends up being longer than expected.
Alternatively, visitors to the city can get around easily on bicycle or foot, with the Minneapolis Skyway System providing miles of covered pedestrian bridges. Bike lanes offer safety from traffic.
What to pack:
If you travel to Minneapolis in the Summer, it is a good idea to pack plenty of light clothes as it will be hot and humid then.
Rain is never too far away in the city and thunderstorms are frequent in the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons, so consider packing an umbrella or some waterproof clothing.
What to do and where to go?
Minneapolis is an interesting city that has plenty to offer visitors, no matter what length the business trip or vacation.
It has a thriving arts scene and many theaters, so ensure you make time to check out an art exhibition, play or musical.
There are also plenty of art galleries, which could provide an afternoon's entertainment indoors if you find the weather less than ideal.
If the sun is out, guests at the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis are sure to enjoy exploring some of the city's waterways and creeks, dotting the various nature trails.
A copy of the Minneapolis travel guide could provide you with some more ideas to fill up your schedule.
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Arts and Culture:
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Walker Art Center
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Malcolm E Willey House
Historic Fort Snelling
James J Hill House
Parks and Recreation:
Chain of Lakes
The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway
Theodore Wirth Park