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Time for some fact or fiction.
- Minneapolis has more days of sunshine per year than Chicago and Indianapolis.
- Minneapolis is no more than a three hour flight from anywhere in the nation.
- Minneapolis is one of the top 10 summer destinations in the US.
Guess what? All facts. Every single one of them.
Minneapolis is a city full of surprises. This is the home of shattered pre-conceived notions and perceptions. We're one of the best-kept secrets among meeting planners. Why? Because of everything you're about to read below.
We're going to take common myths about Minneapolis and break them down. We'll not only show you that Minneapolis isn't the blizzard-ridden, flannel shirt-wearing "Oh ya sure ya betcha'" Flyover-land that some people think it is. We'll also show you why this isn't just a place to host your meeting at.
It's THE place to host your meeting.
Winter happens. Since we're in the north, it tends to happen a lot. All that means, though, is that we're the best equipped city in the nation to handle a little cold and snow. The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport has the lowest amount of weather-related delays in the nation, so you've got a peace-of-mind that you'll get where you need to be. Plus, our 9.5 miles of climate-controlled skyways connect all of downtown Minneapolis, meaning you never have to take a step outside if you don't want to (even though you absolutely should).
But it's not winter 24/7. Minneapolis is actually one of "18 Best Places to Travel in 2018" according to Conde Nast Traveler, and we get out and play in all that sunshine (more days of it than Chicago or Indianapolis). Believe it or not, we've actually got the most golfers per capita in the entire nation (whether they're good or not is an entirely different story).
Whatever the weather, Minneapolis is ready. For sun. For snow. For you.
When you look at our hotel rates, they aren't classified as "cheap." That's no secret. Our hotels are quality, and the prices reflect that.
But, if we may quote Aristotle, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
When you look at the entire attendee cost (entertainment, food and transportation), what Minneapolis offers as an experience is actually lower than similar cities like Chicago, Dallas, Denver and New Orleans. Plus, we've got tax-free shopping on ALL apparel, and Time called us one of the "10 Best Budget-Friendly Vacations to take in 2018." Top it off with newly-renovated hotels that are consistently ranked nationally, and you've got an overall experience that gives you some unparalleled bang for your buck.
If you think about it, we're in the middle of the middle. Geographically-speaking, no matter where you are in the nation, you're never more than a three hour non-stop flight away. We're the perfect meeting point, because we're literally in the middle. Culturally-speaking, we're right in the middle of all the action. The biggest mall in America. The second most theater seats per capita in the nation. Six professional sports teams. Multiple James Beard Award winners. There's a lot happening in Minneapolis, and we're right in the middle of it all.
If you've been here before, chances are there's a lot that's changed since your last visit. We're constantly growing what we offer to you while maintaining the essence of the Minneapolis experience. We got the new US Bank Stadium in 2016. Breweries are popping up everywhere, opening up taprooms to enjoy their brew straight from the tap. We've got new ways to get around with the METRO light rail, and our attractions are constantly offering new experiences to enjoy.
Some cities are happy with staying the same, but we'd rather keep adding to your excellent experience.
We don't have that one massive ultra-mega hotel that could house a small nation. Why? We have 7,000 rooms downtown of varying price points and types, and nearly 5,000 of those are within half a mile of the Minneapolis Convention Center. We pride our downtown on being compact, where everything is walkable and you never really feel like you're too far away from any one thing. Even if one hotel can't hold your whole delegation, we guarantee your attendees won't be more than a quick walk away from headquarters.
Parks to Prada. Four-star to stargazing. Muskie to Monet. They roll off the tongue nicely, don't they? The thing is, they also have pretty deep meaning in this city; the marriage of city and nature. The effortlessness of taking two things that usually have nothing to do with each other and making them mesh like that lunchbox peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Seriously, where else can you bike to a store, buy some fashionable stuff, hop in a kayak to paddle the Mississippi River, then get out and experience a Broadway play all within a 7 block radius?! Rhetorical question, because there's no other place that does it like Minneapolis.