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A healthy sibling rivalry fuels the city of Saint Paul, which stands proudly alongside its illustrious neighbor, Minneapolis. While its twin is known for modern skyscrapers and youthful exuberance, you'll feel a distinctly European flavor in the air of Saint Paul, as your bicycle jiggles along cobbled streets, and you soak in the city's grand, historic architecture. Saint Paul was home to both F. Scott Fitzgerald - who wrote The Great Gatsby - and Charles Schulz - the creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy – and the locals' pride towards their city's individual identity, and contribution to culture, is infectious.

Things to see

Whether it's the umbrella-shaped dome of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, the history soaked walls of the James J Hill House, or the witch-hatted turrets of the residential mansions along leafy Summit Street, it would be an understatement to say that Saint Paul is blessed with more than its fair share of pretty buildings. While the city's architecture is best viewed with the sun on your back, don't forget that the long winter months have their own unique charm as well. The centrally located Rice Park, for example, is transformed into a mystical winter wonderland when its trees are decorated with shimmering white lights, and blanketed with a thick coating of snow. In the summer, meanwhile, the park's ice rink makes way for urban sunbathing and lively outdoor concerts. Regardless of the weather, you can always take refuge in the Mall of America's indoor universe. Only there can you spend time picking out a new designer dress, before staring into the beady eyes of a giant tiger shark in the attached aquarium. Whether you prefer to get your kicks digging out bargain fashion statements, or plunging from the crests of monstrous indoor rollercoasters, Saint Paul's mall can cater for all tastes.

Hotels in Saint Paul

You can't help but feel the love in the air in this romantic city, which has a wealth of attractive accommodation for couples seeking an unforgettable break. Treat your loved one to steaming saunas, indoor swimming pools and views looking out over the city's bright lights from a luxury bedroom, or go economical and sacrifice a few perks to give yourself some extra spending money. With in-room WiFi, buffet breakfasts, and flat-screen TVs provided, even cheap Saint Paul hotels will leave you head over heels.

Where to stay

Downtown Saint Paul offers the majority of the city's best hotels, and makes it easy for you to take advantage of your privileged location. Downtown rooms offer views over the wide Mississippi, and leave you well placed to enjoy a paddleboat dinner cruise – tasting succulent roast pork as you float along the river's smooth arc. Speaking of food, you can't visit the Twin Cities without trying the signature meal, hotdish. Street vendors in downtown Minneapolis provide authentic servings of this mixture of potato, mushroom soup, and ground beef, which will warm you like nothing else in the harsh winter. Bloomington is another convenient location, if you want to stay close to amenities like the airport and the Mall of America.

How to get to Saint Paul

The huge Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport amply serves the Twin Cities, and receives Flights from all across the US and Canada - as well as overseas destinations including London, Paris and Iceland. From the terminal, it's just 15 minutes' drive into downtown Saint Paul, and 20 minutes into Minneapolis. The Amtrak 'Empire Builder' train also links the cities with Chicago in 8 hours, before rolling onto destinations like Fargo and, eventually, Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver.