Want to explore Minneapolis? We encourage HOPOS 2016 participants to explore a diversity of restaurants, events, local places of interest, and activities to pursue. A wealth of information is conveniently collected here. Unsure of your options? Start with 150 Things to do in Minneapolis or Where to Eat and Drink this Summer. There also is General Visitor Information and #askMPLS for Twitter and social media enthusiasts. Enjoy!
THE CITY - DETAILS
MINNEAPOLIS is the larger of the Twin Cities, the 14th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, containing approximately 3.8 million residents. As of 2014, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 46th-largest in the United States with 407,207 residents. Minneapolis and St. Paul anchor the second-largest economic center in the Midwest, behind Chicago.
Minneapolis lies on both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins St. Paul, the state's capital. The city is abundantly rich in water, with twenty lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks and waterfalls, many connected by parkways in the Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. It was once the world's flour milling capital and a hub for timber, and today is the primary business center between Chicago and Seattle, with Minneapolis proper containing America's fifth-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies. As an integral link to the global economy, Minneapolis is categorized as a global city.Minneapolis' name is attributed to the city's first schoolteacher who combined mni, a Dakota Sioux word for water, and polis, the Greek word for city (more from Wikipedia).
The University of Minnesota (Twins Cities), (locally known as the U of M or simply the U) is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses are approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) apart, and the St. Paul campus is actually in neighboring Falcon Heights. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 51,853 students in 2012–2013. The university is organized into 19 colleges and schools, and it has sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester (more from Wikipedia).
Late June weather is typically pleasant, comfortably warm into mid-evening. Daytime temperature: high 70s; night: low 60s (~26C/15C). Rain showers possible. Unwelcome heat/humidity possible. Check the local weather.