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Minneapolis is the proud home of the Metro Dome and a sprawling city-center whose glass and steel skyscrapers seem to reach for the future. The city also boasts the world-famous Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Guthrie Theater, birthplace of the American Regional professional theater movement.

In addition to the Mississippi, the area has numerous bodies of water - Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and the Lake of Isles provide plenty of outdoor recreation in the warm and ice-fishing months. The area is also a golfer's paradise, with over 100 public courses within a 45 minutes drive of downtown. For shoppers, the colossal Mall of America offers over 500 stores, plus an amusement park, an aquarium and other attractions. The area is also a hotbed for new music, having produced Prince and alternative legends, The Replacements.