Minneapolis is the biggest and artiest town on the prairie, with all the trimmings of progressive prosperity – swank art museums, rowdy rock clubs, organic and ethnic eateries, and enough theaters to be nicknamed Mini-Apple (second only to the Big Apple). It's always happenin', even in winter. But there's no attitude to go along with the abundance. It's the kind of place where homeless people are treated kindly at the coffee shops, where the buses are kept immaculately clean, and where the public workers tell everyone to 'Have a nice day,' rain or shine (or snow). The city is 'Minnesota Nice' in action.
Best places to stay in Minneapolis
Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013
Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year.
Minneapolis destination guides
Top spots to watch the World Cup in the USA
Contrary to some opinions, the world's most-watched sporting event is actually watched by some Americans. In fact, many. If you're looking for a big screen, or beer-drinking cohorts, to watch (and drink) with, here are a few stand-out spots nationwide.
The 10 great Oscar destinations of 2010
When it comes to virtual travel, nothing beats a movie. The best movies capture a destination perfectly - think the 1970s New York of The Godfather, the impossibly romantic Italy of Roman Holiday or even the wintry North Dakota of Fargo. After the film, you feel an irrepressible urge to get up and explore these new worlds.