Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Bus Route

Route 16

Sure, there are buses that get you from Minneapolis to St. Paul and vice versa faster than the 16 route (we're looking at you, 94). But the 16 has character, while still being a timely way to get from one place to another. Starting from the middle of downtown Minneapolis, you can ride by the University of Minnesota, through Midway down University Avenue, and through downtown St. Paul. The route boasts attractions from Cedar-Riverside music venues and the Turf Club to delicious eats all along University Avenue. The 16 also has a rich history as the grandchild of the Minneapolis-St. Paul streetcar line, a tradition that will be transferred to the Central Corridor light rail when service starts in 2014. While it's not clear what will happen to the 16 when the light rail takes over next year, we do know that you should take advantage of this bus route before you miss your chance.

Best Bus Route (2012) Route 94

Best Bus Route (2011) The 3A

Best Neighborhood Longfellow

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests The Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater

Best Tourist Attraction Walnut Grove

Best Historical Site Split Rock Lighthouse

Best Cemetery Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Best State Fair Food Classic Walleye Roll at Giggles Campfire Grill

Best Festival Northern Spark

Best Trans-Friendly Event Cirque Du So Gay Bike Ride

Best Place to Do Something for Free Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Planetarium ExploraDome (Bell Museum)

Best Charity GiveMN

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Keewaydin

Best Sign of Spring Nice Ride returns

Best Make-Out Spot Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best First-Date Spot A midnight movie at the Uptown Theatre

Best Breakup Spot The corner of Franklin and Hennepin avenues

Best Place to Run into Your Ex The Depot Tavern

Best Place to See a Fistfight Cowboy Jack's

Best Website Minnesota Historical Society

Best Blog Bluestem Prairie

Best Facebook Page Old Minneapolis

Best Hipster Neighborhood North Loop

Best Tweeter David Brauer

Best Politician Branden Petersen

Best Mayor Minneapolis's mayoral wannabees

Best Unlikely Activist Chris Kluwe

Best Local Girl Made Good Cheryl Strayed

Best Local Boy Made Good Denis McDonough

Best Scandal DRE Drug Scandal

Best Boondoggle St. Paul Crime Lab

Best Villain Archbishop John Nienstedt

Best Corner 43rd Street and Nicollet Avenue

Best Street Nicollet Avenue

Best Lake Powderhorn Lake

Best View Indian Mounds Park

Best People-Watching The Chain of Lakes

Best Viral Video "Hot Cheetos and Takis"