Visiting Minneapolis during the summer means there will be plenty of things to see and do while in the Twin Cities - and little chance of snow!
Minneapolis is the 14th largest city in the United States and the largest in Minnesota. The city lies on both banks of the Mississippi River which begins in northern Minnesota and winds its way south to Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.
Minneapolis, which means City of Water (combining the Dakota Sioux word for water with the Greek word, polis, for city), has an abundance of lakes and wetland, and has many parks and trails for exploring the natural beauty of the Upper Midwest.
Once the world’s flour milling capital and a hub for timber in the United States, the city now boasts a number of major corporate headquarters including Target, US Bancorp, Ameriprise Financial, and the Twin Cities boast other major corporations which make their home here including 3M, Xcel Energy, Best Buy, General Mills, Ecolab, Cargill, United Healthcare, and Buffalo Wild Wings.
The entire region has a population of 3.8 million spread across a large area with nominal density, making the Twin Cities feel urban yet comfortable.
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Summer in Minneapolis provides ample opportunities to explore the outdoors and enjoy the long days and summer nights. While there’s little chance for snow, the weather can be cool in the evenings of June, but that doesn’t stop the locals from enjoying one of the local parks or paths around one of the twenty lakes in Minneapolis.
A stroll through the Minnehaha Falls regional park includes a view of the 53-foot waterfall and a statue dedicated to the Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The Stone Arch Bridge was built in 1883 and once carried rail cars over the St. Anthony Falls from flour mills, but now serves as a walk and bike trail with outstanding views of the Mississippi river and downtown Minneapolis and is only a couple miles from St Mary's Cathedral.
Minneapolis is second only to New York City in terms of live theatre per capita, featuring numerous styles of live music and theatrical performances, while the visual arts are also well represented in the Twin Cities.
St Mary’s Cathedral is located in the Northeast Arts District, which was voted the best art district by USA Today in 2015, citing 400 independent artists, as well as the recurring Art-A-Whirl event which takes place every spring, in which the cathedral community participates each year, providing guests with an opportunity to visit the historic and recently restored cathedral.
In case you decide to spend a couple extra days in the Twin Cities before or after the 2018 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium, here are some links to helpful websites with more information to make your visit to Minneapolis enjoyable:
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