Travel with Val: Minneapolis promotes itself as Midwest's "Mini Apple"
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The Midwestern City of Minneapolis comes complete with a cherry on top in the form of this famous icon in its renowned Sculpture Garden, but it doesn’t fall very far from the "apple tree" when it comes to New York-style activities.
Start off with breakfast at the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, before heading to the Northeast Arts District, where on select days studios and galleries are open to the public.
Don’t be in shock to find quite a bit of culture here. Locals like to brag, whether it’s true or not, that the city is second only to the Big Apple when it comes to theater seats per capita.
The popular “Uptown” in the southwest section is full of restaurants and bars, while in the northeast, it's customary to have a nightcap at Nye’s, a throwback with its piano bar and polka lounge.
While New York City can sometimes be a difficult place to live, Minneapolis has a proud history of being "put through the mill."
With an attractive skyline on the banks of the Mississippi, one might feel a tug when spotting the familiar design of the Northwest National Life Insurance building, seen above. It is the work of Minoru Yamasaki, the architect of the Twin Towers.
Speaking of Twins, shoot to the top of the IDS Tower for a view of Target Field and gloat over the New York Yankees creaming the Twinkies in the playoffs.
Minneapolis is one of those “anywhere” places Frank Sinatra sings about in New York’s unofficial anthem, but a statue to ambitious and fictitious TV newswoman Mary Tyler Moore shows how the Midwestern metropolis is where “you’re gonna make it after all.”
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