- State: MN
- Country: United StatesIt is said that Mark Twain was the first to call Minneapolis and St. Paul the 'Twin Cities,' both are less than a dozen miles apart and straddle the Mississippi River. The Twin Cities are pure heartland USA - industrious and prosperous, heavily into sports, shopping and the great outdoors. Yet they are not carbon-copy twins. St. Paul, the state capital, is smaller and quieter, a sedate midsize city spread across gentle rolling hills. On the other hand Minneapolis is the the financial, cultural and retail center for the area and has quite a nightlife with entertainment venues and good restaurants. Population: Minneapolis: 368,400;St. Paul: 287,150 Metro: 3,083,640 Flight times: Tokyo- 8 hrs., New York- 25 hrs., Los Angeles- 20 hrs.
Jacques Cartier was the first European to set foot on the island of Montreal, but it wasn't until 1642…