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25 Best U.S. Vacation Cities On the Cheap

Kayla Baxter, Alice Handley and Jill Hare

June 02, 2009

#19: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota



The metro area surrounding the Mississippi River (known as the Twin Cities) has quietly become one of the country’s best hubs for the arts. There are more theater seats here per capita than in any U.S. city besides New York, and the music scene boasts diverse genres from punk to folk to hip-hop. There are numerous venues around the many local colleges, but make sure to see the acts that come through the historic venue 7 Street Entry.

You will also want to check out both the St. Paul Cathedral (pictured above) and the Basilica of St. Mary located in Minneapolis; both were built during the great rivalry these two cities had during the early part of the 20th century.

And don’t leave the Twin Cities without taking advantage of the many parks and lakes in the region. Being part of both the state and city slogan, the numerous lakes offer tourists plenty of chances to get outside for a day of fishing and boating.

Don’t Miss: Apparently Al’s Breakfast is a huge deal around here (they’ve even been featured on the Food Network) but we say, if there’s a huge line and you’re claustrophobic you should grab a bagel and wait until dinnertime to head to Cossetta’s Italian Market and Pizzeria on 7th Street in St. Paul. The fresh-out-of-the-oven New York style pizza and the cannolis there are basically perfect.

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