Minneapolis - St. Paul Travel Guide

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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. Early fall is another pleasant time to visit, especially with the changing leaves and comfortable temps. 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 and airfare deals are abundant. Minnesota is slow to warm up in spring (residents have been known to suffer through an April blizzard); May is a safer bet than March or April.

Weather in Minneapolis - St. Paul

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Average Temperature (°F)
23.7
7.5
28.9
12.8
41.3
24.3
57.8
37.2
69.4
48.9
78.8
58.8
83.4
64.1
80.5
61.8
71.7
52.4
58
39.7
41.2
26.2
27.1
12.3
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Average Precipitation (in)
0.9
0.77
1.89
2.66
3.36
4.25
4.04
4.3
3.08
2.43
1.77
1.16
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Jun
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Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

March-May

Spring in Minnesota is tough to predict. One week can be full of sunny, 60-degree days, while the next may usher in an unwelcome blizzard. 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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June-August

Summer is when Minnesota really shines. The season offers beautiful weather  you can sport short sleeves during the day and a light jacket at night (perfect for enjoying the Chain of Lakes). 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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September-November

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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December-February

Winter ushers in lots of snow and below-freezing temperatures, 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.

Popular Times to Visit Minneapolis - St. Paul

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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