The most bustling of Minnesotan cities, Minneapolis remains an exciting metropolis which was once dubbed 'the first western town' due to it's placement on the partition that is the mighty Mississippi. A surprisingly impressive arts scene and a good amount of interesting architecture have solidified Minnesota as a youthful, active Midwest niche.
A city rich with commerce and fun, Minnesota is home to fast-growing businesses, two major sports teams (the Vikings and the Twins), the nation's first National Scenic byway, the progressive Walker Art Center, the borderline ridiculous Mall of America and various other exuberant downtown hubs. It is also home to the first serious downtown 'skyway' system, which hovers above downtown to promote walking downtown during harsh winter months. And, of course, you don't have to go far to find the backwoods. A few miles south of downtown are a series of recreational lakes.
Minneapolis, Minnesota has all the metropolitan allure of a New York or Chicago without being overwhelmed by traffic, smog and bravado.