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8 cold-weather cities worth braving in winter

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 29, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Mall of America

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Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Twin Cities in Minnesota are the economic and cultural hub for the northern section of the Midwest, and the winters can get brutally cold. Most years, the mercury stays below freezing from late November to mid-March, with snow sometimes covering the ground until well into April. Fortunately, an extensive skyway system connects buildings in both downtowns with covered over-the-street walkways. People can walk for miles, past skyway-level shops and restaurants, without once stepping out into the cold.

The Mall of America, which held the title of largest shopping mall in the world when it was first built, features an almost uncountable number of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as one of the nation's largest indoor amusement parks (shown here). Vibrant theater and live music scenes, plenty of wintertime sports, and a culture that focuses on enjoying itself no matter the weather makes this an interesting choice for people seeking an exciting wintertime destination in the U.S.