Whether it's your 30 day grace period, or you have some vacation time, there are lots of ways to experience the United States during your au pair year in America. This series will give you a head start on things to do and things to see in some of the most popular cities in the U.S.
Why visit one city when you can visit the Twin Cities? Whether you’re going for a weekend or living there for your au pair program year, the friendly Midwesterners will welcome you with open arms. The Midwest is known for its kind people, and when combining that with the sights, cuisine, and activities of the Twin Cities, you’ll want to spend some quality time there. If you’re going for the outdoor adventure at the many lakes in the summer or taking advantage of the shopping and skyways in the winter, Minnesota is an underrated destination. Between Minneapolis and St. Paul (aka the Twin Cities), there are plenty of restaurants, museums, and neighborhoods waiting to be explored.
When to visit:
Minnesota is famous for its chilly, arctic weather. It's best to check out the Twin Cities between June-September if you want to spend more time exploring outside. If you’re ready to brace the cold and see what being a true Minnesotan is all about, then bundle up and head there in the winter months. Seriously, it’ll be frosty so don’t forget your layers!
Things to do/see:
Head to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and get lost in the 11 acres of trendy art installations. With over 40 permanent exhibits, this urban garden tops the list for the biggest in the country. Grab your picnic supplies and check it out on a summer day.
The great thing about shopping is that it can be done all year long. Thankfully Mall of America goes above and beyond with over 500 stores, aquarium, amusement park, and more. Although it is technically located in Bloomington, it’s worth the bus ride.
Home to the longest stretch of Victorian homes in America, Summit Avenue is a beautiful addition to your list. Go for a stroll, rent a bike, or drive down this street and spot some historic sights, including F. Scott Fitzgerald’s house. Luckily the neighborhood is beautiful all year long!
What to eat:
Juicy Lucys! A Minnesotan hot-cheese-stuffed burger delicacy that is best at the Blue Door Pub.
Walleye is a staple fish in Minnesota and a must-have. Tavern on Grand serves it in a variety of ways for you to try.
Hotdish brings comfort food to a whole new level. Get this tater tot dish at the Mason Jar.
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP/KMSP) is conveniently located just 15 miles from the center of Minneapolis. To reach the Twin Cities in no time, you can take the METRO Light Rail system. With buses, cars, and the light rail system, getting around the Twin Cities will be a breeze during your weekend away or daily life with your fellow au pair Minneapolis friends.