Flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul
Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area is home to 3.9 million residents living around the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers in east-central Minnesota.
In the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul has 22 of them. Five miles from downtown Minneapolis is the Chain of Lakes Regional Park, including Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, and Lake Harriet, home of the city’s annual Aquatennial Festival.
Downtown Minneapolis has a world-class theater district and several architecturally significant landmarks, including the historic Stone Arch Bridge; the modern glass Minneapolis Central Library; the stunning black Guthrie Theater; and the futuristic-looking Walker Art Center.
St. Paul, the state capital, lays claim to the country’s longest preserved street of Victorian houses and buildings from the Gilded Age, Summit Avenue. It boasts several outstanding public institutions, including the Minnesota History Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
Minneapolis is a major sports town. It is home to Target Field, the “No. 1 Baseball Stadium Experience in North America,” according to ESPN, which hosts MLB’s Minnesota Twins. Other pro teams include the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings who play at U.S. Bank Stadium; MLS’s Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium (and are scheduled to move to Allianz Field in 2019); and the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx at Target Center.
St. Paul is home to the state’s NHL team, the Minnesota Wild, who play at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is located between the Twin Cities, about 10 miles from each. The airport has one airfield, four runways, and two terminals servicing 163 non-stop flights.
Terminal 1-Lindberg serves 11 airlines utilizing 104 gates on seven concourses. Terminal 2-Humphrey serves five airlines on one concourse with 14 gates. It is Delta Air Lines’ third-largest hub with flights to 120 destinations, both domestic and international. A light rail service provides transportation between terminals every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day. Each terminal has its own parking garage.
There are more than 60 food establishments at the airport. In addition to fast-food restaurant and coffee shops, full-service offerings include Lolo American Kitchen & Craft Bar, Mill City Tavern, Mimosa, O’Gara’s Bar and Grill in Terminal 1, and Cocina Del Barrio, Minnesota Wild Bar and Restaurant, and Surdyk’s Flights Wine Market and Bar in Terminal 2.
Shopping options at include 44 shops and boutiques including Aveda, Baggallini, See’s Candies, Kiehl’s, Metalsmith’s Sterling, PGA Tour Shop, and Johnston & Murphy. There are also multiple ExpresSpa outlets.
- Taxis at Terminal 1 are accessible on Level T. Look for the Taxi Starter Booth where airport staff will provide assistance. At Terminal 2, taxis are available at the Ground Transport Center, on the ground level of the Purple Ramp across from the terminal.
- Metro Transit offers bus service on Route 54. Passengers are picked up at the Upper East Roadway, two levels above Level T, at Terminal 1 only.
- Jefferson Lines/Greyhound Bus service provides transportation from the airport to locations throughout the region. Passengers are picked up at the Terminal 1 Transit Center.
- Uber, Lyft and other rideshare services pick up passengers at Terminal 1, Level 2 of the Green Parking Ramp, above the Ground Transportation Center, or Terminal 2, at the Ground Transportation Center, on the ground level of the Purple Parking Ramp.
Minnesota is famous for its cold, snowy winters. But no matter when you visit, touring around the city can be done comfortably along the Minneapolis Skyway, an indoor pedestrian walkway that links downtown attractions along nine miles of walkways that travel for 69 blocks. It is the longest continuous skyway in the world. The most recent addition stretches to the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings and the 2018 Super Bowl.
A different feat of design can be found at the Stone Arch Bridge, designated a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1971. The 2,100-foot granite and limestone bridge with its 23 arches was built in 1883, when the Mississippi River was used to get people and goods to and from the city. The walkable bridge offers beautiful views of downtown at sunset from its post above St. Anthony Falls.
The Mill City Museum is less than a mile from the bridge’s west side and gives visitors a peek into the city’s industrious past. It is in what was once the largest flour mill in the world and offers an authentic mill experience detailing the processes with equipment, railroad cars, and hand-on exhibits. There is a baking lab for cooking demos and a year-round farmer’s market.
Visitors to the Minneapolis Institute of Art can view artifacts from more than 5,000 years ago from ancient Egypt or European masterpieces by Monet. This is a family-friendly art museum with an impressive collection of more than 83,000 works.
St. Paul considers itself the most livable city in America with its cobblestone streets and majestic cathedrals. It is a city of neighborhoods, a network of urban villages, each with its own historic ethnic interest and cultural landmarks. The Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota Children’s Museum, AZ Gallery, and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts are a few of the many top-rated tourist attractions.
The landmark St. Paul Hotel has been serving up luxury in the downtown area since 1910. The hotel offers 250 guestrooms and suites and the award-winning St. Paul Grill. The traditional afternoon tea, a five-course affair served in antique tea sets in the grand lobby remains a sought-after experience today. St. Paul Hotel has been a AAA Four Diamond hotel every year from 1983 to 2017 and has received 11 Conte Nast Traveler awards from 2001 to 2016.
The Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Minneapolis, offers 136 rooms, nine suites, three restaurants, a spa, and fitness center. It is connected directly by the skyway to the Minneapolis Convention Center. Originally built to accommodate a growing Church of Christ Scientist congregation in 1930, the building had many owners until 2008, when the Hotel Ivy was opened.
Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis is a contemporary boutique hotel across the street from the 1921 Orpheum Theatre in the historic theater district. Named Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2017 Best Hotel in Minnesota, Le Meridien offers 60 guest rooms in two buildings. The lobby and guestrooms feature more than 200 pieces of original artwork, and guests receive a complimentary pass to the Walker Art Center Minneapolis. Amenities include a fitness center, Mercy Bar and Dining Room, and in-room massage.
Minneapolis-St. Paul is in the upper Midwest and experiences a wide variety of weather, including warm summers, cold winters, excess winds, and a lot of precipitation, both frozen and not.
Summers in the Twin Cities are humid with average highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. The average annual rain fall is about 30 inches a year, half of which falls each summer with almost five inches a month in June, July and August.
Winters are often below freezing from November through February, when average lows range from single digits to 20 degrees with average highs in the high-20s to the low-30s. Average snowfall for the region is 55 inches a year.
Spring can bring volatile weather patterns from winter storms in the early season until the more moderate temperatures create conditions conducive to tornado outbreaks, a risk that continues in the summer and into the fall.