Destinations Magazine - January/February 2018 - 24

City of Lakes
Loppet Ski
Festival is
Minneapolis's
urban cross
country ski
festival.

The U.S.
Pond Hockey
Championships
are held in
Minneapolis.

Minneapolis city
residents are just
steps away from
running, cycling,
and walking trails.

Ready for some winter fun? Try
Minneapolis. While some people shiver
at the idea of a cold-weather vacation in
the City of Lakes, its residents disagree.
They're active outdoors year-round, earning Minneapolis the moniker "The Fittest
City in America."
Minneapolis' bike-friendly style plays a
big part in the city's healthy reputation: It
boasts more than 200 miles of bike trails,
and residents and visitors use them yearround. "Our trail system is maintained all
winter," says Kristen Montag, senior public relations and communications manager at ABA member Meet Minneapolis
Convention & Visitors Association. "Most
of the time, the city plows the trails before
the streets!"
For a challenging ride, try the Grand
Rounds National Scenic Byway, a 51-mile
loop around the city on a paved bike trail.
Less-experienced cyclists can make it
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more leisurely by biking just one section,
such as the Chain of Lakes, instead of the
whole loop.
Nature buffs can head to one of
Minneapolis' 197 parks, no matter the
season; the farthest anyone in the city has
to go to reach a park is a mere six blocks, so
residents are always just steps away from
great running, cycling, and walking trails.
For 10 days during the coldest part of
winter, Minneapolis and St. Paul team up
to host the Great Northern Festival, which
shows off the North at its wintry best.
The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships
and the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival
are just two events in which visitors can
participate or watch. The festival program
changes every year: In 2016, for example,
chefs hosted pop-up dinners right in the
middle of the wintry streets.
If you need more enticement, consider
this: Guests will be treated to lesscrowded streets and great deals. Says

Montag, "Hotel availability is very good
in the winter, and you have more chances
at deals and hotel blocks."

Edmonton: City of
(Northern) Lights

Many of us enjoy outdoor adventures
because they feed our sense of wonder
and awe: "Look how high that mountain
is!" "This nature preserve is so unspoiled!"
For the most awe-inspiring outdoor
experience of all, visit Edmonton, Alberta,
to view the Northern Lights-displays
of colorful light that dance in the night
sky over Earth's magnetic poles. They
occur when particles from the sun enter
Earth's atmosphere.
"Because we're the northernmost
major city in Canada, this is a great
gateway to experience the Northern
Lights right within city limits," says Renee
Williams, director of communications and
distribution at ABA member Edmonton

PHOTO BY BRUCE CHALLGREN, COURTESY OF MEET MINNEAPOLIS;
PHOTO BY KRIVIT PHOTOGRAPHY.

Minneapolis: An 'Ice' Place to Go



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Destinations Magazine - January/February 2018

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The George W. Bush Presidential Center
Enter the World of Miniatures
'Space’ Tours Take Off
South Florida Parks Rebounding After Hurricane Irma
Silverado Stages
ABA Gives Back During Marketplace
Heroes of the Industry
Meet the New Faces at ABA
Outdoor Adventures in Big Cities
ABA Strategic Plan
Tour Stop: Southern Appalachian Sampler
City Guide// OMAHA
Travel Resource: Charlotte
Travel Resource: Louisville
Equipment & Services Guide
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