Since this year’s Super Bowl, Minneapolis has made its way onto travelers’ radars (and for good reason). Artsy warehouse districts, award-winning cuisine, and breathtaking waterways are just a few of the things that make this Midwestern city a hidden gem. With only 24 hours, it’s difficult to experience all the City of Lakes has to offer, but with this guide, you’ll uncover the prime destinations that give Minneapolis its charm.
Greet the morning among hand-woven blankets and locally crafted white oak furniture in one of Hotel Alma’s seven unique guest rooms. A short walk from the city center, Alma encompasses the charm of Minneapolis’ first neighborhood, and the location of the city’s up and coming destinations. The James Beard semifinalist, Restaurant Alma, sits on the hotel’s ground level in case guests get hungry during their stay, and the hotel’s cafe offers the finest local coffee selections – the perfect way to start a day before exploring the city.
Head South for the morning to explore Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes, a paradise for any biker, runner, or kayaker. Connected by a number of pedestrian paths, the lakes offer an escape from their urban surroundings. Take a break to lounge under Lake of the Isles’ massive weeping willows, or stroll the pathways of Lyndale Rose Garden overlooking Lake Harriet. With 50 miles of parkway, it’s no wonder Minneapolis was named the fittest city in America.
Visit the The Lynhall for a post-workout reward. This counter service restaurant has the atmosphere of a local coffee shop, and the menu of a five-star restaurant. Benedicts, tartines, hash; deciding what to order may be the the most difficult part of this trip. But wait, don’t get too full, their house-made pastries and tarts make for the perfect dessert.
After breakfast, take a short walk to the city’s free art museum. Featuring three stories of contemporary galleries, oceanic sculptures, Korean prints, and more, the museum is home to some of the Midwest’s most impressive collections. The establishment itself acts as a work of art, designed by acclaimed New York architects in the early 1900s. One of its best features: floor to ceiling windows offering stunning views of the downtown skyline.
Head north to the city center and make a quick stop at the Guthrie. This famous theater is known for more than the fabulous performances it showcases – its fourth floor boasts the Endless Bridge, an observatory overlooking the Mississippi River and old mill district ruins. Among the many spectacles to be seen from the deck: A neon Pillsbury sign from the 1940s, and a pedestrian bridge built as a Mississippi railway crossing in 1881.
Step back in time and visit a Minneapolis that was once the “flour milling capital of the world.” Neighboring the Guthrie, the Mill City Museum stands within the ruins of the Washburn A Flour Mill, destroyed by an explosion in 1878. Now, the ruins host Minneapolis’ most fascinating learning experience, and the most beautiful landmark in the city.
Downtown’s North Loop district was once an industrial warehouse neighborhood. Now, microbreweries, art galleries, and boutiques crowd the streets. In one of these historical buildings sits Modist, representing everything good Minnesotan beer is: Hoppy, malty, and delicious. Enjoy a tasting flight or go behind the scenes with a brewery tour to learn about the crafting process. With over 70 breweries in the city, these guys know what they’re doing.
Experience the mighty Mississippi along the West River Parkway. Stretching almost nine miles throughout the city, the trail offers the best river views Minneapolis has to offer. Near the old mill district, St. Anthony Falls attracts visitors from across the world. Used as a source of power for mills in the 1700s and 1800s, the falls have been a crucial aspect of the metropolis’ history. They now offer a gathering point for those interested in the river’s history and culture, a must-see for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike.
End your night across the Mississippi in Minneapolis’ arts district. Young Joni has been hailed as one of the city’s best new restaurants – but tonight, you won’t be dining. Head to the alley bordering the restaurant to find an inconspicuous door leading to a secret back bar. The speakeasy-style joint has fabulous cocktails, and award-winning pizza from the connected restaurant if you need a midnight snack.
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