By Dillon Wallin
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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The larger of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis is a beautiful place to visit and the foremost cultural destination of the Midwest. It is rich in history and serves as a friendly base for urban sightseeing.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Travelers will arrive through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), one of the largest airports in the country. Book your flight today to Minneapolis with EscapeWizard.com: To do so, please follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And, when booking your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, please refer to our top selections of hotels in the Twin Cities for information about local hotels. Then click on this link, (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl), to book your hotel in the Minneapolis region.

Upon your arrival in Minneapolis, there is a long list of sites, activities and nightlife for visitors. To start your sightseeing tour, EscapeWizard.com suggests downtown Minneapolis, the heart of the city. A visit to the Guthrie Theater on the banks of the Mississippi affords a breathtaking view of the river as well as being a major hub for cultural connoisseurs. Sports fans will be able to frequent a game at any of multiple major stadiums downtown. Minneapolis is home to the Minnesota Vikings football team, Minnesota Twins baseball team, or the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx men's and women's basketball teams. And after dark, the theater district lights up the city's nightlife with its many renowned restaurants, clubs and gathering spots. The intersection of Lake and Hennepin, a.k.a Uptown, is another center of Minneapolis' healthy nightlife with hip new restaurants, rooftop patio bars and art house movie theaters. And the Mall of America near the airport is the center of the shopping universe and a spectacle unto itself.

But the sites do not end there, the city is fille dwith museums of all sorts and EscapeWizard.com encourages visitors to frequent these locations including the Minneapolis Institite of Arts, the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden, the Hennepin History Museum, the Mill City Museum and many more. Glimpses deep into the city's historic past can be had in several places throughout the city, most of all the Mill Ruins Park and St. Anthony.

Minneapolis is a city that has developed vast amounts of civic greenspace for residents and visitors alike. Highlights include Minnehaha Falls, the Chain Of Lakes and lots and lots of neighborhood parks perfect for picniking. The bike-friendly city has even build a greenway for riders which have its own two-wheeled rush hour.

On the outskirts of the city, there are even more options. Visitors looking to get out of the city for the day don't have to go far. A short drive will take travelers into the countryside for a day of apple picking, wine tasting or perhaps a trip to the Oliver H. Kelley Far, preserved to show how Midwest farms worked 150 years ago.

EscapeWizard.com can promise you that Minneapolis is ideal for all aspects of life. Most sites are easily accessible by foot, bicycle, bus or light rail. Minneapolis has a bit of everything to make your trip worth every penny. Just click on the link above and book your next vacation to the Upper Midwest with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Minneapolis
By Shaina Amienyi
Holiday Inn Express
225 South 11th Street, Minneapolis, MN
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The Holiday Inn Express Minneapolis-Downtown is an ideal choice for those traveling to the Twin Cities. The hotel's downtown location is ideal for business travelers and for guests wanting to be where the action is. The hotel is the closest hotel to the Minneapolis Convention Center and is also close to shops, restaurants, theaters, and attractions.

Guests may check in after 3pm on the day they arrive and should check out by 11am on the day they depart. When it comes time to check out, guests can use the video checkout feature available in all guest rooms.

The hotel provides 96 rooms, including 21 suites, with double beds or one king bed for guests' comfort and pleasure. Rooms feature 32 inch flat screen TVs that come with premium satellite television and movies. There is a coffee and tea maker so guests can make refreshments. Executive Club rooms also have a kitchenette that includes a mini fridge and microwave oven. All guests can enjoy free wireless internet in their rooms. Suites feature all standard amenities as well as a fully stocked kitchen with appliances, cooking utensils, and dishes. The bathroom in a suite contains a whirlpool in addition to a bathtub, and the living area includes a sofa bed.

Guests should take advantage of the other amenities at the Holiday Inn Express Minneapolis. Vacationers receive a complimentary newspaper delivered to their rooms every morning, and they should be sure to sample the complimentary hot Express Start Breakfast Bar. It serves cheese omelets, cinnamon rolls, bacon, sausage, and more each morning.

Active guests will enjoy the on-site fitness center, which is equipped with two treadmills, a stationery bike, and an elliptical machine. It is open daily from 6am until 10pm. Guests can swim laps in the indoor pool or relax in the whirlpool, both open from 7am-10pm.

When looking for a hotel in Minneapolis, consider the Holiday Inn Express, with its convenient downtown location and comfortable rooms. Click the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to visit EscapeWizard.com and book your stay at this hotel.
Hotels in Minneapolis
By Tekisha Slack
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
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Conveniently situated in downtown Minneapolis, The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis is the perfect hotel for the business or pleasure travel. Corporate travelers will surely appreciate the hotel’s extensive business facilities and leisure travelers will enjoy the renowned dining options and large guest rooms.

Each of the hotel’s 533 spacious guestrooms offers a terrific view of downtown Minneapolis. Plush Grand Beds with luxurious linens, a generous work desk, granite bath with deluxe amenities and wireless internet access are just a few of the standard amenities offered.

Other standard room amenities include: 

¢    32-inch flat-screen television with remote control, cable movie channels, in-room pay movies
¢    Video messages, video account review, video checkout
¢    Voice mail, two telephones with message light, and data port
¢    Individual climate control
¢    Electronic door locks
¢    Turndown service (available on request)
¢    Iron / ironing board
¢    AM/FM alarm clock
¢    Hair dryer
¢    Coffeemaker with complimentary coffee & tea

This pet friendly facility also offer Hyatt Express Check-In concierge service, assistive devices for persons with disabilities, laundry / dry cleaning, valet and covered parking, multilingual staff, currency exchange, gift shop,  hair and manicure salon, and 24-hour on-site security. Stay fit while you travel at the Hyatt Stay Fit gym”a 43,000-square-foot full service health club featuring Life  Fitness® Cardio equipment, free weights, basketball and racquetball courts, yoga, Spin, and other group fitness classes, personal training, and massage services or take a few laps in the heated indoor pool. This hotel even has Jogging paths and a Bicycling trail.

Guest at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis will access to several dining and entertainment options located in the hotel’s complex.

¢    The Oceanaire Seafood Room is an invitingly retro supper club that serves the freshest possible seafood in a setting that's sophisticated but relaxed, sleek yet warm.
¢    Taxxi: An American Bistro is located in downtown Minneapolis and specializes as an American-style bistro and offers great views of Nicollet Mall.
¢    Spike’s Dugout is located in the lobby level of the Hyatt Regency and features Starbucks coffee, fresh baked pastries, snacks, deli sandwiches and salads.

The Hotel is also in close proximity to shopping, museums, theatres, restaurants and the Mall of America is only 20 minutes away!

Use EscapeWizard.com to book your stay at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis today.  Just use the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started.
Hotels in Minneapolis
By Jaclyn Bealer
Sheraton Minneapolis West
12201 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN
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If you’re looking for modern surroundings coupled with the comforts at home, EscapeWizard.com recommends the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel. Situated only a few miles from Minneapolis’s downtown area, this hotel is perfect for travelers flying, driving, or taking the train. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. and includes free parking for all guests.

You can choose between a double guest room, king guest room, or Sheraton Club suite, all of which come with a Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed for a comfortable night’s rest. Lather up with the hotel’s signature Shine for Sheraton line of bath products while in the luxurious bathrooms equipped with contemporary tile work and flooring as well as classic marble vanities. Each room is 100% smoke-free and comes with a 42 plasma TV and either a balcony or patio. High speed Internet access is available in all guest rooms at a daily fee. Choose to upgrade to a suite and take advantage of the complimentary breakfast, hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon, and various beverages at the private Club Lounge.

When you’re not in your guest room, explore the hotel and enjoy its many amenities. You can take a dip in the refurbished indoor heated pool or whirlpool; break a sweat at the fitness center; or have fun in sun at Lake Minnetonka or the nearby golf courses. Wherever you choose to go, be sure to take advantage of the free shuttle that goes around the local area.

If you’re in town on business, the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel is able to assist you with all of your professional needs. The lobby offers the Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft® which is a convenient as well as comfortable area to access the hotel’s WiFi, printing, and PCs--all complimentary.

EscapeWizard.com knows that your stay at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel will one of warmth and comfort. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.
Hotels in Minneapolis
By Sarah Hay
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington - Minneapolis South
7800 Normandale Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN
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When you need to stay close to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, your best choice is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington “ Minneapolis South, just 10 minutes from the airport, as well as the renowned Mall of America. The Mississippi Riverfront entertainment area is close as well, along with several golf courses. The hotel offers free airport and local shuttle service, within availability.

The 568 guest rooms and suites welcome you with HD flat screen televisions, coffeemakers, and luxury bath products. If you’re bringing along your family to Bloomington, the DoubleTree offers a wide range of amenities to help, including playpens and cribs, a playground on site, children’s video rentals, high chairs and children’s menus at the on-site restaurants. For your recreation needs, the hotel has a pool and fitness room, and a huge, 20-person whirlpool and sauna. Check-in time is 3 p.m., and check-out is 12 p.m. Pets are allowed, for a slight fee.

To help with your stay, there is a convenience store, news stand, snack shop and laundry facility on premise, along with a car rental desk, furrier, concierge and valet service as well. If you’re looking for a quiet drink, the Navigator’s Lounge at the hotel is open until midnight, and if you’re in the mood for breakfast or lunch, Plaza Java and Nine Mile Grille can fuel you up and help get you on your way. Room service is also available until midnight, seven days a week.

Business travelers to the area know the DoubleTree holds 38 meeting rooms, the largest of which encompasses over 15,000 square feet of space. There is also a Grand Ballroom and a Garden Court, perfect for special occasions or banquets, and an onsite business center, which offers a complete range of business services. Make sure your first choice in hotels in the Bloomington area is the best: the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington “ Minneapolis South. Trust EscapeWizard.com to help you find the lowest rate for your stay, by following this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Minneapolis
By Molly M. Watson
Homewood Suites by Hilton Minneapolis-New Brighton
1815 Old Highway 8 NW, New Brighton, MN
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Homewood Suites by Hilton is the perfect place to stay for your next trip to the bustling Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is a quick 30 minute drive away and you’re right on the doorstep of the surrounding areas of Blaine, Shoreview and Roseville.  Check-in is at 3 p.m. and then you can get right to enjoying your vacation by immersing yourself in all the amenities Homewood Suites has to offer.

Choose from studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom suites at this full service lodging and whichever you choose you’re sure to be thrilled with the accommodations.  Every suite comes standard with a full kitchen including a refrigerator, microwave, stove and dishwasher.  Additionally, the rooms are furnished with a sleeper sofa, 2 flat screen TVs with DVD players, and a separate work/dining area.  A complimentary grocery service is available to stock your kitchen, as well as a valet dry cleaning service to keep you looking your best. 

At meal times, you can fend for yourself in your in-suite kitchen or walk down to the 24 hour convenience store on premises to grab a snack.  If you’d like someone else to do the cooking for you, Homewood Suites offers a full, hot complimentary breakfast seven mornings a week, as well as dinner and drinks Monday through Thursday evenings.  Whatever your preference, you have no shortage of options.

Homewood Suites also provides a full range of options for leisure time, whether you want to work up a sweat on the basketball court or in the 24 hour fitness center, or take a relaxing dip in the indoor pool or whirlpool.  For guests traveling to Minneapolis for business, Homewood Suites provides a business center with fax, photocopy, and printing facilities, and wi-fi is complimentary throughout the hotel.

Take advantage of all this truly full-service hotel has to offer and book your next stay in Minneapolis at Homewood Suites through EscapeWizard.com by following the link here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).  Check-out is at 12 p.m., so you don’t have to rush the final morning what’s sure to be a thoroughly enjoyable stay.