MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — You won’t have to go far to travel to one of the nation’s top summer getaways. National Geographic Magazine ranked Minneapolis as one of its best summer trips of 2011.

The city ranked fourth on the list, which included 10 locations from around the world.

National Geographic said the arrival of warm weather in Minneapolis launches a June to August celebration of arts, music and culture.

The magazine pointed out the 17 farmers markets, Mall of America, and “fan-friendly” Target Field as other features that helped it make the list.

It told travelers to pick up a bike at the ‘Nice Ride’ kiosks around town and cruise the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.

The metro area’s 22 lakes and 57 museums also added to the high ranking.

National Geographic’s number one summer destination is Muskoka Cottage Country in Ontario.

Patagonia, Argentina was number two, followed by the San Juan Islands in Washington.

You can read more about National Geographic’s top summer trips of 2011 by clicking here.

Comments (6)
  1. Wayne - Prior Lake says:

    From walking the chain of lakes, to hiking the restored riverfront, checking out the new museums, the growing theater district, restaurants, or the new ballpark; it’s a great city to take in, especially in the summer.

  2. NV says:

    I’m proud to be a native of the Twin Cities. Way to go!

  3. Hmm says:

    Having to work downtown gives me a different perspective I guess. I would never choose to spend time down here for leisure.

  4. Lake Minnetonka says:

    Big Island is kind of like National Geographic, given the amount of skin I see out there. Gotta Love the natives!!!

    1. Timmy says:

      Agreed, gotta love it

  5. Jake says:

    Funny how a major sports facility like Target Field can affect the way the rest of the world sees your community. Hmmmm . . . .