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The Twin Cities
Travels alongside the Mississippi
    The Twin Cities are probably the major metropolitan area of the Midwest, and near west. Chicago, 500 miles to the south, and east, is more a part of the east, and is culturally nothing like it's surrounding areas. To the west, there is nothing like a big city, until you come to Denver, and nothing past that, until the coast. The mighty Mississippi courses through both Minneapolis, and St. Paul. Though it's headwaters are many miles away to the north and west, the beginning of the navigable portions, tradionally starts here. Above the dams of the Twin Cities, the river is suitable for canoes, and small pleasure boats only. There are also no cities of any size, nor are there any ports or links to the transportation net, above the Twin Cities. They are the top of this great river transport system, even as New Orleans is it's bottom.

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The River
St. Paul
Night Shots
The State Fair
The Mall of America
The Area