Together, Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to more than 300 hotels and inns, making it easy to find accommodations to suit both your taste and your budget. You can also save money on lodging if you bring your own. There are numerous camping options in nearby state parks, such as Afton State Park. However, if you are planning on camping, you will need a car since campgrounds are relatively far from the city center.
- The spring thaw ushers in the busiest tourism period, when Midwesterners and ever-increasing throngs of the further-flung flock to the city for its long summer days; naturally, expect higher hotel rates." -- Sherman's Travel
- The Three Rivers Park District … maintains three campgrounds within easy driving distance of Minneapolis. Call … to make reservations at any of the campgrounds. A $7.50 fee per reservation will be charged. Campgrounds are open May–October." -- Moon Travel Guides?
If you wish to spend your vacation visiting museums and attending shows, downtown Minneapolis is home to numerous upscale hotels, such as the Hotel Ivy, which experts and previous visitors praise for its chic décor and in-room spas. Other top-notch (and somewhat pricey) hotels in the downtown area include The Marquette, the Graves 601 Minneapolis and the Hotel Minneapolis, all of which come highly recommended by recent visitors.
For a more budget-friendly hotel in central Minneapolis, consider lodging in Nordeast and Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus; recent visitors say that Dinkytown's University Inn is just one of the city's many hidden gems. Do you like to shop? Why not plan on staying near the Mall of America in the southern part of the city, where hotel options like the Cambria Suites Bloomington and the Ramada Mall of America-Airport won't be too hard on your wallet.
- Minneapolis is a year-round destination, with festivals, sports, and arts and culture options offered in every season. It's always a good idea to start shopping for airfare three weeks in advance to compare prices and availability, or check last-minute offers if you have flexibility … to really ensure availability, book three months out for a wide variety of choices." -- Smarter Travel
- You'll find many chain hotels near shopping malls (especially the Mall of America) and along I-494 in the suburbs." -- Frommer's
If you don't mind a bit of a commute, staying in St. Paul is also an option. The other Twin City features several budget and moderately priced hotels and bed and breakfasts; travel writers strongly recommend the quaint and affordable Saint Paul Hotel. St. Paul does offer alternatives during the busy season, but when it comes down to it, there's no real perk to staying in here as opposed to Minneapolis.
- The largest venue in downtown St. Paul, RiverCentre, is near several hotels, amid a bustling center of activity. … If your business is on the other side of I-94, on the north end of downtown, you might try Embassy Suites, a local favorite, that offers a restaurant and complimentary drinks in the atrium each evening." -- Travel Channel
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