The Mill City Museum in Minneapolis gives visitors a good overview of the history of the city and the significance of the flour milling to American history. (Coppersmith Photography / Meet Minneapolis)
What to know: Minneapolis, one-half of the Twin Cities, remains connected with St. Paul, its immediate neighbor and the Minnesota state capital. Unburdened by state government offices, Minneapolis focuses on other strengths: lakes, parks, culture and art. The 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway walking-and-biking path circles within the city limits with nine miles following the Mississippi River.
The game venue: The Final Four teams will duke it out April 6 and 8 in U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave.
Don’t miss: The Mill City Museum, 704 South 2nd St., explains Minneapolis, including why the town was built on the Mississippi River and the significance of milling and flour, and offers bits of fun trivia.
Best bites: The dual Popul Vuh Centro, 1414 Quincy St. N.E., has refined Mexican cuisine and artisan cocktails using tequila and mescal on the Popul Vuh side, and on the Centro side, offering tacos and other small bites.
Hoist a glass: About six blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium, Finnegan’s, 817 S. 5th Ave., has been brewing beer for nearly two decades but opened this taproom and brewer’s den last year. Finnegan’s donates 100% of its profits to charity.