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Best Times to Visit Minneapolis - St. Paul

The best time to visit Minneapolis-St. Paul is from June to August. Daily highs flutter around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and residents and visitors venture outdoors and onto the lakes. Summer marks the peak tourism season and sees festivals and farmers markets in large numbers. Winters, on the other hand, are frosty. The temperature rarely goes above freezing. The months between November and April are usually marked by plenty of snowfall in fact, around 40 inches fall per year (on average), but there's still plenty to see and do at this time, and hotel deals are abundant.

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Spring temperatures are quick to warm up. From the below freezing days at the beginning of March, temps climb into the 60s by mid-May. Hotel prices are very reasonable at this time, except around college graduations in late May.

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Summer offers beautiful weather  you can sport short sleeves during the day and a light jacket at night. At this time, Minneapolis-St. Paul is buzzing with activity and tourists. Although July tends to be the sunniest month, it's also prone to occasional thunderstorms and high humidity. Be sure to book your hotel room two to three months in advance to lock in the best prices.

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Autumn sees the fall of leaves and temperatures. The comfortable 70s easily give way to brisk days and then very cold ones; think average highs in the low 40s to mid-20s by November. The large number of college students returning to the area does bring some much appreciated vigor to the city after its peak season.

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Winter ushers in lots of snow but the city excels at clearing the streets and pathways, and continuing business as usual. Visiting during this time is a challenge for most, but you'll be handsomely rewarded with cheap hotel rates.

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