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In the Land of 10,000 Lakes - and so much more.
The Twin Cities region is a mecca for major league sports – including Minnesota Twins baseball, Minnesota Vikings football, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx basketball, Minnesota Wild hockey, Minnesota Swarm and the University of Minnesota Gophers' division I teams.
Minneapolis Saint Paul is considered one of the best sports cities in America, bolstered by the recent fanfare over its stadiums.
Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, is one of the best stadiums in the country, called by ESPN Magazine "the number one stadium experience in North America,"in 2010. Sportsbusiness Journal dubbed it "sports facility of the year “in 2011, noting that Target Field is one of only two stadiums in the country to be LEED-certified.
Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul took third honors on the ESPN list in 2010.
Top Biking City
Minneapolis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in America, according to Bicycling magazine. The City of Lakes doubled its percentage of bike commuters in just three years, prompting Real Simple magazine to rank it second nationally for bike accessibility and fifth overall for saving time. Minneapolis topped Bicycling magazine’s 2010 list of “Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities.” The list recognizes cities that have shown “real innovation, as well as local government support, and a vibrant bike culture.” One of those innovations is the Nice Ride Minnesota bike-sharing program in downtown Minneapolis. (Bicycling Magazine, 2010)
The 16-county Greater MSP metro has a whopping 1,788 lakes -- 1,651 in Minnesota and another 137 in Wisconsin. It boasts one of most extensive regional and city park systems in the country. RelocateAmerica calls it the best in park and recreation system in the nation. Greater MSP ranks 10th among 100 US metro areas for availability of fun opportunities. The “Fun City” award recognizes both high-impact sports facilities (ski resorts, fitness centers and recreational centers) and low-impact sports destinations (golf courses, country clubs, bowling centers, marinas and casinos).
In summer, residents walk, run, skate and bike around the lakes or on abundant wooded trails. In winter, walking paths double as Nordic skiing trails. Downhill skiers and snowboarders share the slopes at a half-dozen ski areas within an hour’s drive of Minneapolis Saint Paul.
Minnesota has more golfers per capita than any other state. The Greater MSP region plays to the passions at more than 150 golf courses. It hosts almost as many sporting events annually.