About Minneapolis

View of downtown Minneapolis, MNThe host city for the 11 IFNC is Minneapolis, Minnesota – With its gleaming skyscrapers set amid glittering lakes, Minneapolis makes for an attractive and fun getaway.  A truly year-round destination, the city offers activities for every season.  Whether you want to escape the winter cold or the summer warmth, the Mall of America offers shopping, dining and entertainment options for any time of the year.   The theatre scene is thriving.  Minneapolis has more seats per capita than any U.S. city except New York.  Known as “The City of Lakes”, Minneapolis has 22 lakes located within city limits and many more in the surrounding area.


Click here to see the top attractions in Minneapolis or review the complete Explore Minnesota Guide.

The Host Hotel

The host hotel for the 11 IFNC is the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Make your reservation now.
Experience the perfect hotel for business or pleasure.  The Hyatt Regency is only a 20 minute (approximately 13 mile) drive from the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.  Situated in downtown Minneapolis, the extensive business facilities, renowned dining and exciting StayFit Athletic Club (including heated indoor swimming pool) offer all you need for a memorable stay.  Enjoy and relax in one of the 533 spacious guestrooms with enchanting views of the city and sights.  Just outside the hotel front door is downtown Minneapolis.  This prime location on Nicollett Mall lets you easily explore an incredible array of Twin Cities’ attractions.

Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)

Conveniently located within 30 minutes of both downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MSP  serves more than 175 destinations. MSP’s main terminal – Lindbergh Terminal (Terminal 1) is located just off Highway 5 in St. Paul. Highway 5 connects to Interstate 494 and Highway 55. The Humphrey Terminal (Terminal 2) is just off Interstate 494 near 34th Avenue. Both passenger terminals at MSP are served by light rail, which runs between downtown Minneapolis to the north, and the Mall of America in Bloomington to the south.

New road signs are in place clarifying terminal exits. The main terminal, Lindbergh Terminal, is indicated as Terminal 1. The secondary terminal, Humphrey Terminal, is indicated as Terminal 2. Check the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport web site to verify which terminal your airline uses.

Taxi/limousine service

Taxi service is usually ordered by telephone or hired at taxi stands. Basic fare is approximately a $4 boarding fee plus $1.60 each mile.

Mass and public transportation

In Minneapolis/Saint Paul: The Metropolitan Council Transit Operations system operates a full schedule of buses throughout the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area. And light rail from the Minneapolis/Saint Paul airport to downtown Minneapolis, including the Mall of America in Bloomington.