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View Poll Results: Better Vacation?
Minneapolis - St. Paul and Minnesota Lakes 19 32.20%
Denver - Boulder and Colorado Rockies 40 67.80%
Voters: 59. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:06 PM
 
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Most people will vote for Denver because mountains are more large and magnificent. General consensus of most of the population. But, if we were doing a discussion like that, why not just have the thread by MN lakes vs. CO mountains? Because there's a city factor. In Denver, you don't get the mountains and the city at once, you have to drive a ways. Denver is pretty flat, with no lakes either. Now with Minneapolis, which has over 20 lakes in the borders, you have a cross between urbanity and Minnesota lakes. No car even required. So for a vacation where you wanted both at the same time, Minneapolis would win. Denver isn't like San Francisco with mountains right smack in the middle of the city. As far as mountains versus lakes goes, it's all opinion. Some people prefer hiking, rock climbing, and skiing/snowshoeing high up in the mountains. I know I do. Some people like kayaking, fishing, swimming or canoeing in a glass calm lake at sunrise, or waterskiing, wakeboarding, or tubing behind a boat's whitewater wake. Some people like ice skating and ice fishing on frozen lakes. Some people like sunrises, sunsets, and the northern lights reflected in water. Neither mountains or lakes/forests are better, it's all by what a person likes. I think there are more options of things to do on a lake, but some people just love mountains.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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"Denver's air quality is much worse than Mpls/St. Paul. The pollution in the Denver area is very obvious and unpleasant, while I've never noticed bad air quality in The Cities."




Not true! You can see the particulates in the air true, but Denver now ranks as having some of the cleanest air of any major metro in the US! Not sure how it ranks against minne though.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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"Denver's air quality is much worse than Mpls/St. Paul. The pollution in the Denver area is very obvious and unpleasant, while I've never noticed bad air quality in The Cities."




Not true! You can see the particulates in the air true, but Denver now ranks as having some of the cleanest air of any major metro in the US! Not sure how it ranks against minne though.
I find that hard to believe, only because the few times I've been to Denver the air was thick yellowish-brown coming in from the airport or I-80 (driving). I'm sure there are statistics somewhere about this. But I HAVE heard something similar about the air above LA, so I can believe that Denver has cleaned up some since 2000, but not to the point where it eradicated it entirely and is now one of the cleanest in the country.

It was the air quality and the desert-like feeling of the Denver region that turns me off from it, otherwise I'd probably love it like everyone else does.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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I have never been to Minneapolis but I would choose Denver. I like mountains better than lakes I can swim in, partly because I don't swim with fish. I also prefer the higher elevation and lower humidity. Plus, I can't go to an Avs game in MN.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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I'd go to Colorado and trout fish some mountain lakes.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:13 PM
 
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Way too many to list but mostly Brainerd Lakes area, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake Superior, people will take a longer vacation way up to the Boundary Waters which is the Ely - International Falls area. I know people who even go all the way up to Ontario.

People mostly fish, swim, jet ski, people like to meet up with friends on the lake tie all the boats next to each other and drink.

Boundary Waters is not for swimming. Fishing yes.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Boundary Waters is not for swimming. Fishing yes.
Why can't you swim there? It can't be the water temp, because Lake Superior is technically colder and people swim there. Last summer Superior got to about 80 degrees in Duluth, the warmest ever recorded temp. Many MN lakes were at or above 90 degrees last summer, which is not only abnormal and a record but very very bad for the wildlife!

Besides, if you took out the BWCA you'd still have over 10,000 lakes to choose from to swim in or play in, so it really doesn't matter. The metro area must have at least 500 lakes in the 7 county area alone. As another poster already mentioned the city of Minneapolis alone (comprised of 55 square miles) has about 20 true lakes within the city. St. Paul has another half dozen. I can't think of ONE suburb that doesn't have at least one lake as well. Lakes are part of the culture in MSP.....you can't avoid them if you tried!

Mountains have everything though, including lakes, so they are adventageous. However, very few cities are in or right besides large mountains, including Denver. Boulder, on the other hand, is an exception.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I have swum in the Boundary Waters. It's a little tough to get to for like a regular family vacation, but you can definitely swim there.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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In Albuquerque, I'm sure you're not accustomed to "terrorists" (mosquito's, gnats, woodticks) and you'll be encountering them if you leave Minneapolis and do a northerrn Minnesota lake tour. Something to think about!

If you are going to do Minneapolis, please, don't leave Minnesota without visiting its crown jewel, Duluth (poor man's San Francisco) and the Lake Superior region. Another idea: a Mississippi river drive from Hastings to Winona.

Remember, the highest "mountain" in Minnesota is up near Lake Superior, at 2200+ feet in elevation, which is 2800+ feet lower than the elevation of Alburquerque.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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In Denver, we have access to mountains with lakes AND lakes in the city. Denver wins
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