Snap some memories of your visit to Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Here are the best places to capture to moment—compiled (and modeled) by Meet Minneapolis visitor-information specialists.
At the Base of Minnehaha Falls Why: Located in one of the city's oldest parks, the 53-foot waterfall—which inspired Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha" attracts a half million visitors every year. Where: In South Minneapolis at Minnehaha Park, enjoy the walking trails, picnic areas and stunning views of the falls amongst the limestone bluffs.
Atop the Mill City Museum Observation Deck Why: Minneapolis was the Flour Milling Capital of the World for 50 years because of the power that was generated from a waterfall on the Mississippi River. Where: The Minneapolis Riverfront District, in downtown Minneapolis, is a hotbed of activity—with historic sites, parks, tours, restaurants and other riverfront activities.
On the Washington Avenue Bridge Why: The Washington Avenue Bridge is a double decker, with the lower level for road traffic and the upper level for pedestrians and bicycles. Where: Washington Avenue SE and East River Parkway, Minneapolis. Linking the East Bank and the West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus, thousands of students, faculty, staff and visitors use this bridge daily.
In Front of the Spoonbridge and Cherry Why: Why not, with a 5,800 pound spoon and a 1,200 pound cherry? Where: In the Loring Park neighborhood and adjacent to the Walker Art Center, the Sculpture Garden is the largest in the country and getting bigger…
Next to the Mary Tyler Moore Statue Why: There’s something about Mary. The statue is located at the exact spot that she made her famous tam throw in the opening credits of the Mary Tyler Moore show. Where: Located on Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian thoroughfare loaded with dining and shopping—and connected by the 8-miles of downtown skyways.
In Front of the Wall of Stars at First Ave Why: Every musician to ever play at First Ave has a star on this wall: Prince, The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Semisonic and The Jayhawks, to name a few local favorites. Where: In downtown Minneapolis, known for jump-starting careers, cd release parties, and of course, the backdrop for the movie Purple Rain, you can't miss this 3-decade old icon.
The Corner of Hennepin Ave and Washington Why: Five floors and 353,000 square feet of stunning architecture make up the new Minneapolis Public Library, dubbed as the jewel of the city. Where: Situated on the bustling Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, the library is also within walking distance from the thriving Riverfront district.
Mall of America Sign Why: The retail wonder of the world takes shopping to a new level. Where: The largest, fully-enclosed retail and family entertainment complex in the US, the Mall of America is literally a one-stop-shop. Find the perfect pair of shoes, grab a bite to eat, take in a movie, discover the amusement park or stroll through 1.2-million gallon walk-through aquarium.
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