The smart folks at National Geographic said that, and there are a couple reasons for such a masterful accolade to be bestowed upon us:
1)Amazing Weather: Florida, California, Texas. What do they all have in common? They’re ridiculously hot in the summer. Like 100+ degree sweltering heat. Wouldn’t you rather enjoy the outdoors in cool, 80 degree weather?
2) Outdoor Fun: This kind of weather is too good to not have fun outside. That’s why Minneapolis has, hands down, the most outdoor fun of any city in the summer. Enjoy outdoor baseball in the home of the 2014 MLB All Star Game. Grab a bike and hit the miles of scenic trails in the “Most Bike-Friendly City in the Nation.” Hop in a kayak and conquer the Mississippi River. The best part? All of this is only steps away from your hotel downtown.
3) Cuisine Capital: Are you familiar with what a James Beard Award is? It’s like the Academy Awards for chefs and restaurants. Minneapolis is home to a lot of these winners. Our culinary scene is unmatched, with food ranging from hearty German traditionalist dishes all the way to spicy and experimental food from “the hot zones.” Plus, a lot of our restaurants use food grown locally, which means you’re getting a true, fresh taste of Minneapolis.
When it comes down to it, Minneapolis is your destination this summer. Check out our itineraries and events below to see how you can enjoy one of the Top 10 Summer Destinations in the World.
▶ Where to Eat and Drink in Minneapolis This Summer
While Minneapolis, Minnesota, is widely recognized for its local arts scene and bike-friendly nature, the city is also popping up on best-of lists for its growing assortment of great restaurants, bars and breweries. A number of talented chefs and bartenders are coming to Minneapolis to try and grab a foothold in the local food culture. See our List >>>
▶ 12 Ways To Enjoy the Arts in Minneapolis This Summer
Minneapolis is home to many creative artists and places to view their work, as well as a number of places where you can create your own. This summer, get immersed in the arts, science and culture scene in Minneapolis with these 12 ways to see and experience the best local art, movies, special exhibits, visual arts, music and dance in Minneapolis. Read all 10 >>>
▶ 8 Places to Go Before or After a Twins Game
You can’t think of summer in Minneapolis without Minnesota Twins baseball coming to mind. Summer and baseball just go together, and the experience is made even better by Target Field where the Twins play. Located in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, the stadium is one of the league’s best, named the top overall sports stadium and game experience in North America by ESPN The Magazine shortly after the new field opened in 2010. But the fun isn’t limited to the three hours while the game is being played. There are plenty of places to go near Target Field to extend the fun before or after a Twins game. Here are eight of the best options. See all 8 >>>
▶ Summer Itineraries
Our experts of the city have created special itineraries to make your visit to Minneapolis the most enjoyable it can be. With these valuable itineraries, you'll have access to all the right events:
When you look at this calendar, you'll wonder how you ever spent summer anywhere else. Our mix of outdoor adventure and indoor inspiration provide one of the most unique experiences in America. Check out what YOU could be doing with a visit to Minneapolis.