The Metro Region
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Minneapolis and St. Paul are two of the most interesting cities in the United States. In spite of being the "Twin Cities", they actually have distinct characteristics. Minneapolis and the surrounding western suburbs favor broad boulevards and modern architecture, while St. Paul and the east-side metro have narrow streets and well-preserved late Vitorian homes. The entire Metro Area has friendly citizens, thriving arts communities, and first rate museums. Stay in a metro-based Bed and Breakfast and make the Twin Cities your home for a while; it's a great place to start exploring the state! Stroll through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or one of the picturesque lakes in the renowned chain-of-lakes, which features 67 acres of land and 344 acres of water. It is noted for biking and walking trails, a variety of water activities and summer concerts at the stunning band shell. Be sure to tip a hat to the Mary Tyler Moore Statue in downtown Minneapolis when passing and don't forget to visit the Science Museum in St. Paul; it is interactive, kid-friendly, and lots of fun!
Some of the finest chefs in Minneapolis-Saint Paul use local, organic produce whenever possible, and a wide variety of cuisine is available, from Vietnamese to Ethiopian. The Guthrie Theater attracts top-notch performers. The Fitzgerald Theater, built in 1910 and restored in 1986, serves as a home base for Garrison Keilor's Prairie Home Companion, but draws internationally acclaimed acts as well.
It's amazing how quickly the hussle and bustle of the Cities disappears into the relaxing suburbs of the Twin Cities. Just west, Lake Minnetonka is irregularly shaped with numerous bays, peninsulas, and islands that form approximately 125 miles of shoreline. To the south, the Mall of America. Drive east of St. Paul and take a river boat down the St. Croix River. The river valley and the surrounding area provides excellent boating, fishing and beautiful scenery. Ask the innkeepers of a Minnesota Bed and Breakfast what they like to doing the area and you are sure to enjoy your stay.