By Melissa DeVriez Meyer
1. Minneapolis—St. Paul, MN
Minneapolis has one of the best parks systems in America. With 770 square feet of park per resident, don’t be surprised by all the green you see when you step off the bus in the heart of downtown. If you’re the gotta-do-it-all type, the city’s 180 park properties might tempt you to extend your stay so you can visit them all.
The city’s walkable downtown gives you plenty of human-made wonders to explore, too: Take in a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field; see a show at one of the Hennepin Theatre District’s historic venues; or head over to the old Greyhound bus depot. That last one shouldn’t be missed — the building was remodeled in the 1970s into a unique live music venue. Prince and Tina Turner are just two of the stars to have graced the stage at First Avenue over the years.