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A view of downtown St. Paul in the morning with still water from the Mississippi River with reflection from the High Bridge. (photo via culbertson / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

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A view of downtown St. Paul in the morning with still water from the Mississippi River with reflection from the High Bridge. (photo via culbertson / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
PHOTO: A view of downtown St. Paul in the morning with still water from the Mississippi River with reflection from the High Bridge. (photo via culbertson / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

As one half of the “Twin Cities,” along with Minneapolis, St. Paul is the capital and second largest city in Minnesota. Known for its historical and cultural attractions, St. Paul is a clean, friendly and cultural city of the Upper Midwest. Perfect for both outdoor recreational endeavors along the many lakes, riverfront trails and parks, or experiencing the intriguing art galleries, world-class museums and stage performances, St. Paul is an attractive and exciting urban experience.

Named one of the most livable cities in America, St. Paul has a collection of unique neighborhoods that make it truly one of a kind. Downtown St. Paul is the arts and entertainment hub of the city, with popular attractions like the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Park Square Theatre and the sports and entertainment venue, the Xcel Energy Center. Adjacent to downtown, Rice Park is peppered with native son Charles Schultz’s Peanuts sculptures, and hosts annual winter carnivals. Grand Avenue is home to a mix of boutique shops, family restaurants and lively pubs, while the Summit-University neighborhood is home to the city’s historic district, as well as several universities, galleries and coffee shops.

With everything from casinos and racetracks, to eclectic restaurants serving regional and world cuisine, to zoos and boutique shopping in historic buildings, St. Paul is sure to fit any style. The Minnesota Museum of Art features American art from past, present and emerging artists. During the summer months, guests of the museum can enjoy “Patio Nights” for a weekly outdoor jazz concert. The Minnesota Opera, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Water and Oil Gallery are also wonderful places to visit that will leave visitors desirous for more.

Minnesota capitol building in St. Paul, MN in the morning (photo via AndreyKrav / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Minnesota capitol building in St. Paul, MN in the morning (photo via AndreyKrav / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Though St. Paul offers a much smaller collection of restaurants than its sister city, Minneapolis, there is still a diverse group of places to find a great meal. Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar is one of the city’s finest, serving up large portions of house specialties like wood-fired pizzas, three-meat cannelloni and handmade gnocchi.

Located just over eight miles from downtown St. Paul, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is the largest and most efficient airport in the region, offering major airline carriers for foreign and domestic travel. The city is served by the public transit system, Metro Transit, which includes a light rail and bus network. There are also extensive second-floor skyways that connect central city buildings.

St. Paul has a continental climate, with snowy, frigid winters and warm, humid summers. Due to its northern location, the city will often be subjected to freezing Arctic air masses during the winter months. The average high for July, its warmest month, is 83° F (28.3° C), while January’s average low temperature is 6° F (-14.4° C). The best time to visit St. Paul is during the warmer months of late spring through summer, when the weather is pleasant and allows for outdoor activities, like the concerts and festivals that overtake the city.