The Twin Cities area of Minnesota consists of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and their associated suburbs, although the boundaries of the area are rather vague. Most of the population of Minnesota lives and works in this area.
Located where the Minnesota River joins the Mississippi, the Twin Cities grew in the 1800s from its location at the intersection of a major river and the rail lines. For a period the point furthest downstream that the Mississippi could be bridged was located in the area, if only due to the fortuitous island placement.
Get in, Get out
Two Interstate Highways, I-94 and I-35 travel through the Twin Cities travelling east/west and north/south respectively. Several other national and state highways also travel through the area.
For commercial air travel, the Twin Cities area is served by the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).
For rail travel, there's also an Amtrak station in Saint Paul.
Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and some of the closer suburbs are all served by buses run by the Metropolitan Council Transit Authority (Metro Transit). There are also other transit authorities serving the outlying suburbs.
A light rail is currently under construction. In April 2004 it should be open connecting Fort Snelling to downtown Minneapolis, with the line extending to the airport and the Mall of America in December 2004.
The downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul both have extensive skyway systems for walking from building to building without having to go outside, allowing people to avoid the cold winter weather.
This section is for listing attractions that have doors and a roof, such as museums, palaces, churches, temples, historical buildings, etc. You can also note here general information about indoor attractions, such as tourist passes.
This section is for listing attractions that are outdoors, such as squares, parks, monuments, statues, streets, zoos, etc. You can also note general information about outdoor attractions, such as need for a guide, weather warnings, good walking routes, general areas to hang out in, etc.
This is for things that travellers will do themselves. More active participation is needed for Do things than for See things. For example, going to see a river goes under See; kayak trips down the river go under Do.
If there are opportunities for travellers to study in this city -- from language to cooking classes up to full university courses -- add that here.
What possibilities are there for travellers to earn money in this city? Note that this is kind of long-range and probably won't be appropriate for most destinations.
The Twin Cities has many shopping centers
There is also a wide variety of shopping along the Nicollet Mall pedestrian street in downtown Minneapolis.
For restaurant listings and other food-related stuff. Mention any local specialties or oddities. Specific restaurant info, or general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Be sure to explain what the price ranges are ($2 for a meal can be a splurge in some cities). Some travellers like (or have) to make their own food -- include local food-shopping options if possible.
For bars, clubs, and other nightlife. Yes, many people go out to clubs and don't drink; the name of the section is still Drink. Mention any local specialties or oddities, and give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Invent groupings/lables as needed (Gay friendly, student, hipster, fancy-pants, etc). Good things to mention: dress code, entrance fees, safety concerns, solo-woman friendly or pick-up bar, good/bad nights).
This is for helping the traveller find a place to lay his/her weary head. Give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try to find lodging. Other good info to include is high/low season, the importance of reservation, things to request (quiet room, view, airport pick up, etc).'
This is a section for general safety tips. If there are health hazards or crime problems in the city, list them here.
This is a section for listing places to exercise in the city. Yes, it's somewhat like Do, but more oriented towards exercise-as-tedious-chore rather than exercise-as-vacation-adventure.
Pools or places where people can swim laps. Less for ponds, lakes, rivers, etc.
Places to take a bike ride.
Gyms that are open to the public or have short-term or one-visit payment plans.