About Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is the serving airport for the Twin Cities, which include Minnesota's capital of St. Paul. Located in St. Paul and surrounded by suburban cities of Eagan, Richfield, Bloomington and Mendota Heights, MSP is the 16th most-traveled airport in North America. In 2013, more than 33 million passengers made their way through this airport's doors. MSP has one airfield with four runways and two terminal buildings; Lindbergh Terminal 1 and Humphrey Terminal 2, with adjoining parking ramp facilities. Travelers who need to transfer from one terminal to the other can use the light rail transit service, which also connects to various destinations throughout the city. There is no pedestrian access between the buildings. There are also upwards of 50 restaurants throughout the terminals and airport mall that hungry visitors can enjoy.
When you arrive, pick from one of the 50 hotels near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, including Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Airport, which has an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a restaurant on site. There are also four meeting rooms with audio-visual equipment and Wi-Fi for business travelers. Another popular hotel, located only 5 miles from the airport, is the Holiday Inn Minneapolis Airport. It has a complimentary shuttle to MSP as well as the Mall of America.
Welcome to Minneapolis and St. Paul
Situated only 13 miles from the airport, Minneapolis - along with St. Paul - is regarded as Midwest's cultural capital. The cities have tax-free shopping, world-class theater and top-tier attractions. There are about 392,000 residents living in Minneapolis and 290,000 in St. Paul, known for their optimistic, friendly attitude and earning the state its reputation of "Minnesota nice." The winters, on the other hand, are a bit less welcoming, with long, snowy months that lead to humid summers. Travelers should expect average temperatures of the low teens in the winter and highs in the 80s in the summer.
Minneapolis is also a giant business center, home to the headquarters of 16 of the Fortune 500 largest U.S. companies, 30 Fortune 1000 companies and several of the world's largest private companies. For this reason, the city is a meeting place for many business travelers.
To get around the city, visitors can take advantage of the light rail transit, which travels from both airport terminals at MSP to 17 other destinations, including downtown Minneapolis to the north and Mall of America to the south. The train runs every 10 minutes during peak hours and generally 10 to 15 minutes during other times of the day. Travelers can arrive in the world-famous Mall of America in about 12 minutes and the commercial neighborhood called the Warehouse District in downtown Minneapolis in about 25 minutes.
Things to Do in Minneapolis and St. Paul
Between the two cities, there are 30 theater venues, three professional sports stadiums, more than 10 dance companies and a heap of lakes. In fact, Minneapolis has more theater seats per capita than anywhere outside of New York City. One of the major theaters is the Guthrie, a remarkable architectural structure that hosts world-famous plays. Of course, no trip to Minnesota is complete without visiting the Mall of America, boasting more than 400 stores, a wealth of restaurants and 40 million visits a year.
Besides the mall, head to the Walker Arts Center for arts galore, get up close to animals like moose and tigers at the Minnesota Zoo or bring the kids to Valleyfair, a top-notch amusement park. Sports fans should catch a Twins baseball game at the recently built Target Field or a Timberwolves game at the Target Center. A new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is also in construction. In the meantime, you can catch a live performance at one of the many music venues, including 1st Avenue and the Fine Line. Nicknamed "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," Minnesota is famous for its wealth of nature. Hike, paddle or swim around the lakes that cover a total of 90,000 miles of shoreline.
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