Introducing Minneapolis

Boasting America’s fifth highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies (including, Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial, and Thrivent Financial), Minneapolis is a major player, rightly categorized in the economist’s lexicon as a ‘global city.’ Minnesota is also home the famous Hospital the Mayo Clinic, with an airport specifically designed to utilize with an airport nearby in Rochester Minnesota airport identifier RST, Rochester International Airport.  The Mayo Clinic has the worlds top surgeons and doctors in the world.  This is an excellent airport to utilize if you are flying into the Mayo Clinic.The city’s transition from the world’s flour milling capital and a hub for timber, has been bold and beautiful, and Minneapolis today is one of the U.S.’s most creative and vibrant cities. Known as the ‘Twin Cities,’ the relationship between Minneapolis and St. Paul is certainly of a fraternal kind. Political mover St Paul oozes old money with its stately buildings and taste for the finer things in life.

Minneapolis is the trailblazer, a place where the modern, the cutting edge, the challenging and the avant-garde find a captive audience. Aloft Lowry Hill, there’s the acclaimed collection of modern art at the Walker Art Center, one of the five largest modern art museums in the U.S. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1915, is the largest art museum in the city, with 100,000 pieces in its permanent collection. The Weisman Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry for the University of Minnesota, opened in 1993. When it comes to the stage, Minneapolis is second only to New York City in terms of live theater per capita, and represents the third-largest theater market in the U.S., after New York City and Chicago. The Theater District is a fertile breeding ground where high and low culture coalesce and spiffy martini bars illuminate the pre-and post theater scene.

Shakespeare and experimental plays take center stage at the gleaming, blue Guthrie Theater, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. Distinguished theater companies and troupes such as the Illusion, Penumbra, Mu Performing Arts, Bedlam Theatre, the Minnesota Dance Theatre, Theater Latté Da, and the Children’s Theatre Company are based in Minneapolis. The city in which Open Book, the largest literary and arts center in the U.S., was founded, Minneapolis evokes its bookish zeal in all manner of ways. The city draws and inspires writers with its cultural diversity and, one could argue, bleak winters which stimulates inward reflection for a good four months of the year. The community’s diverse population maintains a long tradition of charitable support through progressive public social programs, VOLAGs and volunteering, as well as through private and corporate philanthropy. More than 40% of adults in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area give their time to volunteer work, the highest such percentage of any large metropolitan area in the United States.

Airports within a 50-mile radius of Minneapolis:

  • Minneapolis-St Paul International-Chamberlain Airport (MSP)
    • St Paul Downtown Holman Field Airport (STP)
    • Rochester International Airport (RST)

Popular aircraft charters* in the Minneapolis area include:

*This is just a sample. Zephyr provides access to aircraft at every end of the spectrum, from luxurious VIP airliners, to ultra long range business jet, helicopters, and economical turboprops.