Minneapolis, Minnesota is a buzzing metropolis found in the top north of the United States. The region offers a mix of arts, natural surroundings, cuisine, and sports that draw in visitors all year long.
Downtown Minneapolis makes for an excellent home-base when visiting Minneapolis. Centrally located, the area provides easy access to all Minneapolis has to offer. Rent a car so you can enjoy all the sights during the day, while still experiencing the hub of nightlife and downtown city lights once the sun sets.
When in Minneapolis, do what the locals do, and get outdoors. Unlike other U.S. metro areas, Minneapolis is home to 13 lakes (five of which are within the city’s borders). Known as the Chain of Lakes, these bodies of water are interconnected via waterway and path. Rent a bike to peddle the paths, or enjoy the breeze on the water by renting kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.
Also, Minneapolis is ranked among the top 20 bike friendly cities in the world as well as being in the top three for the United States. So do not ditch your bike after riding along the lakes but take it for a spin along well-marked bike lanes downtown for a perfect view of the skyline.
Hungry after all that outdoor activity? Drive to the Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis. This hip district is crawling with micro breweries, taprooms, and food trucks, which will appease any palate. Brewers feature seasonal specials with the changing weather and locals of all ages can be found year-round chilling in these establishments.
Besides its natural and foodie appeal, Minneapolis is thriving with an art and theater culture. Whether you fancy Broadway, musicals, ballet, children’s theatre, comedy, music, or up-and-coming local artists, performance venues are abundant. Depending on the time of year, you can even catch performances in local parks. Should art be your preference, the Minneapolis Institute of Art holds an extensive and free collection worth exploring.
Thinking of a visit in winter? Bundle up, and head out into the snow. It does not slow the locals down. Snowshoe or hike Minnehaha Falls, where the 53 foot high waterfall freezes over in giant icicles. Rent a pair of cross-country skis for an evening of skiing across frozen lakes, complete with illuminated lanterns casting a magical glow, at the urban cross country ski festival, known as the Loppet. Alternatively, if you prefer watching winter festivities, check out the annual ice pond hockey tournament on Lake Nokomis with a hot chocolate in your hand.
With so many options throughout the city, renting a car when visiting Minneapolis is not only cost effective, but also an efficient way to haul rental gear to take advantage of the outdoor activities. Vehicles with plenty of space and all-purpose tires can be found at a bargain with us at Orbitz. Make the most of your “Up North” experience with your own set of wheels.