Minneapolis area ranks as one of nation’s top urban getaway vacation spots

The Minneapolis area ranks in the top five urban getaway vacation spots in the nation according to the 2010 Travel + Leisure magazines annual America’s Favorite Cities survey. For the survey, the magazine surveyed its readers for what makes a destination an ideal spot to getaway in June, July and August.

The Minneapolis area ranked high for good weather, family-friendliness, great parks and easy access to the outdoors, and fantastic farmers markets. Readers cited the average 71 degree summer temperature, walks around lakes Calhoun and Harriet, outdoor concerts, the Minneapolis Farmers Market and easy access to lakes, water parks, and entertainment as some of the reasons that make the area popular to visitors.

Minneapolis ranked as the fifth most popular destination of the 30 largest cities in the nation. The top four cities that placed ahead of Minneapolis as summer travel destinations were Portland, Ore., Denver, Seattle, and San Diego.

June 22, 2010

Published Jun 21, 2010