Accolades

Click through these many accolades to see exactly why Minneapolis is known as a top destination to visit.

September 2014

Minneapolis ranked 3rd in top 50 bike-friendly cities

Minneapolis's Pizzeria Lola ranked 8th best pizza in an unexpected place

Minneapolis's The Wienery ranked 20th in America's best hot dogs

Minneapolis's 9 best places to eat and drink

Minneapolis ranked 9th best city for your skin

Minneapolis ranked 8th best city for summer travel

August 2014

Minneapolis ranked 6th friendliest to facial hair

Minneapolis ranked 19th best city for pet lovers

Lake Calhoun ranked 8th best Midwest beach

Minnesota State Fair ranked America's 4th best state fair

Minneapolis ranked America's 10th best city for young professionals

Minneapolis ranked 3rd greatest place to live in America

Minneapolis ranked 3rd most livable city in the U.S.

Minneapolis ranked 43rd city that beats New York City and London for Business Travel

Minneapolis ranked 10th best city for fall travel

Minneapolis ranked 9th most popular Labour Day weekend destination

Minneapolis ranked 3rd city in quality-of-life ranking

Minneapolis ranked 6th municipality investing in waste disposal programs

July 2014

Minnesota ranked fifth best state for small business friendliness

Twin Cities has lowest unemployment of big U.S. cities

Minneapolis ranked fourth least stressed city

Minneapolis ranked fourth best city for recreation

June 2014

Minnesota ranked No. 1 state fair

Minneapolis ranked No. 1 city for green commerical space

Minnesota ranked sixth best state for business

Minnesota ranked third best summer road trip destination

Minneapolis ranked ninth most affordable hotel bookings for Fourth of July weekend

Minnesota ranked third safest state to live in

Minneapolis ranked ninth most affordable U.S. destination for summer

Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked second best city for jobs this summer

Minneapolis ranked second best state for staycations

Minneapolis ranked third on 17 amazing theater cities that aren't London or New York

May 2014

Minneapolis ranked 6th most LGBT friendly city in U.S.

Minneapolis' Palmer's Bar ranked among Esquire's 'Best Bars in America'

Minneapolis ranked 2nd in American Fitness Index

Minnesota ranked 8th best state for nurses

Minnesota ranked 33rd best state for military retirees

Minneapolis ranked third best city for cyclists

Minneapolis' Pumphouse Creamery named one of America's Best Ice Cream Shops

Minnesota ranked second best bicycle friendly state

Minneapolis ranked 58th best city to live car-free

Minneapolis ranked best city to work for a small business in 2014

Minneapolis ranked best Midwest city for green commuters

Minneapolis among top 10 cycling cities in the U.S.

Minneapolis ranked 33rd best city for summer travel

Minnesota ranked 11th best place to start a business

Minneapolis ranked sixth most courteous U.S. city

Minneapolis ranked fifth best city to start a career

Minneapolis ranked fifth best city for new grads

Minnesota ranked 11th best state for working moms

Minneapolis' The Bachelor Farmer ranked 3rd best brunch in America

Minnesota chain Famous Dave's ranked 5th best barbecue chain in U.S.

April 2014

Minneapolis ranked 3rd best city for recent college graduates

Minneapolis ranked 8th for U.S. cities where people stress less

Minnesota ranked 5th most financially literate state in America

Minneapolis among 10 best cities for active families

Minnesota ranked 38th for highest taxpayer ROI

Minneapolis ranked fifth best city for new college grads

Minneapolis ranked fifth city 'you should explore on two wheels'

Minneapolis ranked ninth best city for millennials

Minneapolis ranked tenth greenest city in America

Minneapolis ranked third best cycling town in the U.S.

Minneapolis named best city for family travel

Minneapolis ranked ninth most kid-friendly city in America

Minneapolis named one of 10 best biking vacations for families

Minneapolis ranked fifth most kid-friendly city to move to in the U.S.

Minneapolis among 'most innovative cities in America'

Minnesota ranked tenth best state for tax help

Minneapolis ranked fifth healthiest city in the U.S.

Minneapolis/St. Paul ranked one of the '7 most underrated food cities in America'

March 2014

Twin Cities metro area is nation's 16th largest

Minneapolis' Target Field ranked sixth best ballpark in America

Minneapolis/St. Paul ranked fourth best U.S. city to find a job

Minneapolis museum The Museum of Russian Art named one of the Top 50 Museums Worth Traveling For

Minneapolis restaurant Sea Change named one of the Top 50 Restaurants Worth Traveling For

Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked 13th in the nation for well-being 

Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked fourth 'Best U.S. City to Visit in 2014'

Minneapolis is no. 9 'Best Convention City'

Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked second 'Healthiest City in the U.S.'

Minneapolis is no. 19 'Best City to Find a Job'

Minneapolis is seventh 'Best City to Be an Artist'

February 2014

Minnesota is fourth 'Happiest State in America'

Minneapolis/St. Paul ranked ninth in 'highest brainpower' study

Minneapolis food truck Natedogs among 21 best in the nation

Minneapolis is no. 4 'Best City for Female Entrepreneurs'

Minneapolis is no. 1 'Least Expensive Health Insurance Market in the U.S.'

Minnesota is no. 3 on Huffington Post's 'Best States for Well-Being' list

Minneapolis is no. 17 on Forbes' 'America's Fastest-Growing Cities' list

Exploring Minneapolis named one of the 'Top 10 Things for Families to do in Minnesota'

Minneapolis' Pat's Tap, Pig & Fiddle named two of the 'Best Gatropubs in the U.S.'

St. Petersburg Restaurant and Bar makes list of '10 Best Vodka Bars in America'

Minneapolis ranked third Most Literate City

January 2014

Minneapolis: Best City for Family Travel?

Minneapolis is No. 1 best city for broke millennials

Minneapolis/St. Paul is No. 6 best city to have a baby

Minneapolis/St. Paul is top city in arts funding

Republic makes list of 'America's 100 Best Beer Bars'

Minneapolis/St. Paul is America's coldest major city

Minneapolis/St. Paul is Plan Advisor's No. 4 destination for 'top 15 winter getaways'

Minneapolis is the fourth cleanest city in the world

Minneapolis' Juicy Lucy is TIME's No. 10 most influential burger of all time

Minneapolis/St. Paul is the Today Show's fittest American city


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January 2013

Gayest Cities in America, 2013

Hottest travel destinations in 2013 (Minneapolis listed first)

CoCo named a 'coolest' co-working space in America

2013 Top Ten Cities to Live in the U.S.

Top 10 Cold Places for Play this Winter

Minneapolis takes second on Bike Score

Target Center #51 and Xcel #82 for Top 200 Worldwide Arenas

First Avenue #5, The Cabooze #40 and 7th Street Entry #84 for Top 100 Worldwide Club Rankings

Orpheum #16 and State #87 for Top 100 Worldwide Thetre Rankings

Minneapolis Saint Paul honorable mention

Minneapolis #4 of 12 Cities Leading the way in Sustainability 

10 most unexpectedly romantic cities (Minneapolis #5)

MSP airport ranks high in travel leaders survey

Best Hotels in Minnesota (Graves 601 #1)

Monster.com ranks Minneapolis 4th for career advancement

America's Top ArtPlaces

Minneapolis ranks second for bikesharing

February 2013

 Minneapolis is 3rd most literate city

Minneapolis takes 9th on WalkScore

Lucia's in Minneapolis is 15th most romantic restaurant 

The best places in Minneapolis

Delta is second best airline!

Two MN companies among most innovative

9 Minnesota companies make Blue Ribbon list

2 Minnesota companies make Forbes' list for Most Promising

Minnesota ranks high for election administration 

Minneapolis is 4th best Generation Y City!

Minneapolis' Murray's is 16th best steakhouse in the U.S.

MSP Airport is 4th best for business travelers

March 2013

Minneapolis and Saint Paul are 6th best city for Pizza!

Minneapolis area arts economy is the sixth biggest in nation!

Minneapolis is 3rd happiest state

Minneapolis is 3rd best city for gay travel

Minneapolis is one of America's cleanest cities

Chino Latino makes top 100 dining hot spots in the U.S.

Walker Art Museum has the 4th best museum restaurant in America!

April 2013

Shoyu makes #15 for Top 20 Best Eats at busiest U.S. airports

Minneapolis-St. Paul International is the 9th best airport for kids!

Four Minneapolis restaurants on Urbanspoon's top 200 restaurant bars

Mickey's Diner in Saint Paul is the 27th coolest neon sign in the world!

Minnesota ranks 3rd for quality of life in the U.S.

Minneapolis is the 5th most accessible metro area

Minneapolis Saint Paul residents feel the safest

MSP International Airport is the 4th best regional airport in North America

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon makes top 5 most beautiful marathon routes in the U.S. *PDF* 

Minnesota makes #11 for strangest taxes

Tiger Athletics named BEST workout in Minneapolis by Women's Health Magazine

Minneapolis is 5th nerdiest city in America

Minnesota is 11th friendliest state for small businesses

Minneapolis is 8th best city for startups and small businesses 

First Ave. named THIRD best large music club / theater by Rolling Stone

Minneapolis is 5th best city for new graduates 

Minneapolis-Saint Paul 5th best for cycling 

MSP International is 8th BEST airport when traveling with children

May 2013

McNamara Alumni Center is 10th COOLEST place to get married in America

Minneapolis is the 8th best Locavore city!

MSP Airport ranks 3rd for on-time departures

Minneapolis is 6th BEST city for sports fans

Minneapolis is one of 15 fastest-growing Latino populations

Minneapolis is the 4th most affordable weekend getaway! 

Ike's Food and Cocktails in MSP Airport is 8th best airport restaurant in the U.S.

Target Field ranked one of the best in stadium food

Minneapolis rated best place for families to live

Study finds Minneapolis has 6th best arts economy *PDF*

Minneapolis/St. Paul 6th best beer city

Food and Wine spotlights Izzy's Ice Cream and Pumphouse Creamery 

Minneapolis fittest city in the U.S. for third year

June 2013

Minneapolis ranks seventh in nationwide Human Development Index

Minneapolis park system is No. 1 in the nation

Minneapolis ranked a Top 10 dog-friendly city

Minnesota 9th leading state in clean energy

Chef Shack (#10) and Vellee Deli (#84) among the U.S.'s best food trucks

4th-Best City for Female Entrepreneurs

MN among 6 fastest-growing state economies

Minneapolis third-most 'sinful' city

MSP Airport among the top 10

Butcher & The Boar earns top bourbon honor

Minnehaha Park is one of the World's Most Beautiful City Parks

Mpls. among top places for small business employees

Top 10 Destinations for Gay Travelers

July 2013

America's 4th Snobbiest City

Minneapolis-St. Paul has lowest unemployment of large Metropolitan areas

Food & Wine readers' picks for best burgers includes Matt's Bar

Minneapolis is America's top bike city

Minnesota third highest quality of life

9th most inventive city goes to Minneapolis

No. 18 best city for ice cream

University of Minnesota ranked top LGBT-friendly campus

Mayo ranked No. 3 best hospital in the nation

Minnesota No. 10 in craft beer production

August 2013

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe at the MSP airport named one of the best

Minneapolis Best City for Recreational Activities, St. Paul 3rd

7th best city to make new friends

Minneapolis/St. Paul is No. 7 best city for coffee

MSP International is America's fastest airport

Minneapolis/St. Paul is No. 23 as best place for business and careers

Minnesota is second nicest state

Minneapolis/St. Paul is No. 10 most aspirational U.S. city

Graves 601 Hotel's Bradstreet Crafthouse is No. 9 best hotel bar on USA TODAY's 10Best List

September 2013

Minneapolis/St. Paul market is No. 1 in retail development

Minneapolis/St. Paul is No. 17 best city for fall travel

Minneapolis' Martin Olave Sabo Bridge among  'magnificent bike infastructures around the world' list

Minneapolis is best city for 'wallet wellness'

Twin cities region predicted to be No. 1 in future 'livibility'

Minneapolis is 2nd in the U.S. for bike commuting

MSP International Airport is the best two-hour layover in the U.S. 

Minneapolis ranks 8th most energy-efficient city

Minneapolis ranks 8th most stress-free city

The Commons Hotel is '2013 Fodor's Hotel Award' winner

Minneapolis is Census Bureau's No. 3 city for gay couples

October 2013

Minnesota-based company 3M  is 76th on Interbrand's 100 'best global brands' list

Minneapolis/St. Paul is the No. 1 spot for young job seekers

Minneapolis' Kenwood neighborhood is among the top ten great places in America

MSP International Airport is No. 5 best airport for health and wellness

Minneapolis is No. 7 among 'world's best bike cities'

MSP International is nation's second-best airport in operational efficiency

MSP International is No. 6 on Travel + Leisure's 'America's Best Airports'

Minneapolis/St. Paul is No. 9 among '10 richest states' in the U.S.

Minneapolis is No. 4 city in health and financial fitness

Minneapolis is ranked fifth best city to start over

Minneapolis' Graves 601 Hotel is second best hotel in the Midwest

Minneapolis is among 10 'top Midwest travel spots' in the country

The Grand Hotel Minneapolis is among the best Minnesota hotels with spas

Fat Lorenzo's Pizza is No. 64 on Daily Meal's '101 best' list

Sorrento Cucina and Rinata Restaurant both make the list of 'best Italian restaurants in Minnesota'

Minneapolis is sixth best city for movie lovers

Minnesota is the nicest state in the U.S.

Minneapolis/St. Paul makes the eleventh spot on Travel & Leisure's 'America's strangest people'

Minnesota is second in the nation in opportunities for young people

The Depot Rink in Minneapolis is among the 15 best ice skating rinks in the U.S.

November 2013

Minneapolis is Forbe's third best place for veterans in 2013

Two Minneapolis bakeries included in The Daily Meal's '50 best bakeries' list

The Commons Hotel is second on CNN Travel's world list of 'beautiful literary-themed hotels'

Minnesota is No. 19 best state for foreign students

Minneapolis receives perfect score of 100 percent in LGBT equality index

Minneapolis is seventh worst city for strong social ties

Minneapolis/St. Paul is among 'America's favorite cities 2013' list

Minneapolis/St. Paul is No. 7 on Travel + Leisure's 'best and worst states in America' list

Minneapolis/St. Paul is No. 11 in the nation for attracting millenials to its city

Minneapolis/St. Paul is No. 20 on Travel + Leisure's 'best cities for hipsters'

Varsity Theater's unique restroom is the 2013 winner of 'America's best bathrooms' contest

MSP International wins Airports Council International - North America's 'best airport food and bevarage program' award

December 2013  

Minneapolis is third among USAA magazine's top ten best cities for veteran employment 

Several Minneapolis restaurant favorites make Zagat's 2014 list of 'America's top restaurants'

Minnesota has fourth-highest level of average student debt among U.S. states

Minneapolis is No. 7 happiest city in the U.S.

Eat Street bakery Glam Doll Donuts makes 'America's weird (but wonderful) designer doughnuts' list

Minneapolis is fourth worst city for travel taxes

Target Holidazzle makes Travel Channel's list of  'America's Best Christmas Parades'

Minneapolis is the fourth sportiest city in America

Out Twin Cities Film Festival is one of top ten most notable LGBT film fests

Out Twin Cities Film Festival is among top five 'coolest LGBT film festivals'

January 2012

Minnesota leads in VC for health care startups

25 Best Cities for Staying Young

MN among top-randked for amount of LEED-certified space

Best Cities to Find a Date in 2012, From Atlanta to Boston

Sports Events Magazine: Reader's Choice Awards

World's Coolest Skating Rinks

Top 50 North American Group Tour Destinations (#47)

Top 100 Places to Take your Kids (MOA)

Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings Released

America's Techiest Cities

 

February 2012

Top 9 cities to live the Organic Foodie Lifestyle

Best Brewers in the World 2012

Top 10 Snowiest Cities

Best Old House Neighborhoods

 

March 2012

The Top 10 Most Walkable Cities

Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways

2012 World's Most Ethical Companies

Minneapolis 4th Best in Nation for Health Care

Best Hotels in Minnesota

Top 10 Cities for Jobs

Top 10 Cities for Cycling

Top 10 Cities With the Best Music Scenes outside Nashville, NYC, and LA

Ten American Comeback Cities

50 Best Bars in America

Best U.S. Cities for Seniors 2011

America's Most Playful Cities

Top 20 Best Minnesota Musicians

 

April 2012

America's Most Reputable Companies

America's Best Cities for Hipsters

America's Greenest Cities

MSP Airport is #1 Best Airport in America

Twin Cities best placed in U.S. to find employment

Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations

Minneapolis-Saint Paul-Bloomington Ranked 4th Peaceful Metro in U.S.

 

May 2012

Minnesota High School Rankings

Top Ten Art Parks to See

America's Top 25 Metro Areas for Women's Well-Being

Minneapoils is the Most Bikeable City

25 Best Bars in America

Best New Sushi Restaurants in America

Best BBQ in the Midwest

America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Ciites

America's Best Burger Cities

Four Minneapolis Parks Among Top Five Most-Visited Regional Parks

Top 50 Cities for Bedbugs

Open Table Minnesota Top Ten Outdoor Dining Restaurants

Top Ten US Airports

 

June 2012

Minneapolis named second most bike-friendly state in the nation

10 Hot Hotel Openings

Most bike-friendly cities in the U.S.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Tops Fit List for Second Straight Year

America's Best Baseball Stadiums

America's Brainiest Cities

10 stunning riverfront towns

Best Health Habits

The top 10 Cities to find Jobs

Top Microbrew-drinking Cities

25 Best Bars in America

America's best burger cities

 

July 2012

America's Most Creative Cities

The Best Places For Business and Careers

Cities with the Best Credit Scores 2012

Best Cheap Cities to Visit

Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Major League Ballparks

Top 10 Well-Being Index States

Top 10 Airports in North America

The States Ranked in Quality of Life

Top 10 Snubbed Olympic Cities

Top 10 U.S. Skylines

 

August 2012

10 Cities Where Bald Midlife Men Lure the Ladies

Top 50 Best News Restaurant Nominees of 2012

Top 10 States, Future Livability

America's Best Cities For Millennials

Gotta go? Why not head for one of the nation's best restrooms?

The Best Cities for Dogs

Minneapolis is one of the best cities for 20-somethings, says PayScale

Twin Cities one of top metro areas hiring highly skilled foreign workers

The World's Most Innovative Companies

 

September 2012

Five Unexpected Places for Fall Foliage

Twin Cities 10th-Largest Export Market in 2011

Minneapolis ranked 3rd best city for brining up babies

Minneapolis residents have top average credit score in America

Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.

Five Minnesotans are among the wealthiest in the country

America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods

Minnesota is the least miserable state, according to Bloomberg

America's 50 Best Cities

 

October 2012

10 unexpectedly romantic U.S. cities

America's Safest Cities

Minnesota ranks 9th in national energy-efficiency survey

10 Best Running Cities in the U.S.

10 Great Cities for Older Singles

Top 10 Spots to Take Flight

City at a Glance: Minneapolis

Top Five Cities for Gen Y Workers (#3)

The Best Bike cities in North America: #4 Minneapolis

2 Twin Cities Hotels Make Top 25 in Midwest

10 Minneapolis Neighborhoods with the highest Walk Scores

 

November 2012

Which U.S. city's residents are most intelligent?

You Should Move to Minneapolis

America's Best Cities

America's Best Airports for Avoiding Flight Delays

GateGuru's Top 25 Airport Restaurants

America's Favorite Cities

America's Most and Least Attractive People (Minneapolis, #10 Most Attractive)

Best Sushi Restaurants in the U.S.

America's Most Thankful Cities

Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destinations

Top U.S. Private Companies

Top 10 U.S. Shopping Malls

Airport Food Review

 

December 2012

Travel Channel's Best Christmas Parades

Minnesota: 5th Healthiest State

Twin Cities #1 for Volunteerism

Minnesota #4 State for Volunteerism

2 Minneapolis Restaurants Make Top 10

Family Destinations to Watch in 2013

 

January 2011

10 Winter Wonderlands for Retirement

10 Most Generous Online Giving Cities

America’s Top 50 Cities for Hospital Care

America’s Favorite Cities

10 Hottest Markets for Job Seekers

Least Depressed City Without a Super Bowl Title

Top Great Rooftop Bars Across the U.S.A.

 

February 2011

Twin Cities in Top 5 U.S. Metropolitan Areas to Add Jobs in 2010

Gayest City in America

The 10 Best Cities for Public Transportation

Minnesotans Among Most Active Americans

 

March 2011

Top Ten Most Affordable Cities

World's Cleanest Cities

Top Ten Green Buildings Per City

Top Cities to Find Employment

Twin Cities Have Safest Hospitals in Nation

Most Socially Networked Cities

America's Best Cities for Pizza

Top 10 States for LEED-Certified Commercial & Institutional Green Buildings

The 25 Best Cities for Walking

Cites and Climate Change: Which are Most Resilient?

 

April 2011

Top 10 City for People With Autism

America's Most Stress-Free Airports

Best Place for Small Businesses

Top Ten Summer Destinations

Top Five Great Cities for Graduates

Most Bicycle-Friendly Community

Top Ten Most Peaceful States

Ten Highest Salaries in Midwest

 

May 2011

Ten Highest Salaries in Midwest

Cities With the Best Credit Scores

America's Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities

Target Field Best Sports Facility

Fittest Cities in the Nation

Top 10 CVBs in North America

10 Best Airport Dining Experiences

Best Shopping in the U.S.A.

Best Affordable Vacation Destinations in U.S.A.

 

June 2011

Cities with Most Economic Growth

Top Twitter Cities in the World

Top 10 Cities to Find Jobs Now

Top 10 Destinations to Celebrate Gay Rights

Cleanest Cities in America

Fittest Cities in the Nation

Best Places for Business & Careers

Top Cities in Environmental Sustainability

 

July 2011

Top States for Business

Most Innovative Companies

Best Cities for Young Professionals

Most Walkable Cities in the U.S.A

50 Most Social Media Cities in the Nation

 

August 2011

Top 100 Kid Friendly Restaurants

Top 15 Safest Airports in America

Most Playful Metro in the U.S

State Rankings on Children's Health and Wellbeing

18 Best Cities to Vacation Without a Car

Safest Cities for Pedestrians

Great Cities for Cycling

Best of the Best Top 10 Cities: Green Living, Health, Air Quality and Technology

 

September 2011

Most Active Cities in America

America's Top 20 Healthiest Cities

Best Bike Shops In America

Cities With The Happiest Young Professionals

America's Top 25 Live Music Venues

2011 Best Cities for Families

Walk Friendly Status

Best Places for Seniors

 

October 2011

America's Favorite Cities Rankings

10 Great Cities for Young Adults

 

November 2011

Top 30 Fittest Cities In America

Top 100 Healthiest Cities for Women

America's Best Shopping Streets

 

December 2011

Top 10 Health Crazed Cities

The Best Places To Raise Your Kids 2012

2011: Best Cities for Families

America's Most Visited Shopping Mall

The Nation's Healthiest States

20 Best Airports for Tech Travelers

Most Secure Places to Live 2011

Best Cities for Business

Twin Cities 15th "most romantic" city, says Alice.com

Five great gardens to visit with kids

Fittest of the Fit Index

Minneapolis named a top city for charitable giving

Top 25 Mid-sized Cities for Art

Travel Channel's Most Christmasy Places in America

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