The northern metropolis of this Minnesota city offers a dynamic mix of culture, history and entertainment to its many annual visitors. From the attractions of Mall of America, to the beaux-arts architecture of Basilica of St Mary, Minneapolis has something for everybody. Here are our top 10 things to do and see on your trip.
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Shop at Mall of America
Although shopping might not be the most inspiring use of time while travelling, shopping at Mall of America is a different story entirely. Spread over the same space of around seven Yankee Stadiums, with 520 operating stores and counting, and an amusement park, an aquarium, a flight simulation center and a movie theatre, Mall of America really does deserve its self-professed title.
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
Tour Fulton Brewery
Be sure to have a beer or two while touring Minneapolis. Being a city proud of its Scandinavian heritage, and as one of the USA’s up-and-coming beer cities, Minneapolis is a great place to learn more about the blossoming American brewing industry. A case in point is Minneapolis’s Fulton Brewery: with humble origins making home-brews out of a south Minneapolis garage, it’s become one of the Twin Cities’ most celebrated breweries in recent years. Tour their taproom to get the whole story, and a few complementary pints on the house.
Visit the Basilica of St. Mary
As the first basilica constructed in North America, the Basilica of St Mary stands in testament to the hard-working immigrant communities that built it in 1907. Designed in the beaux-arts architectural style, both the basilica’s exterior and interior are marvellous to behold. Attend a Saturday or Sunday mass to experience a fundamental part of Minneapolis’s religious life.
See the Bell Museum of Natural History
Located on the University of Minnesota campus since 1872, the Bell Museum of Natural History has one of the best taxidermy collections in the country. Be prepared to get up-close-and-personal with the museum’s 16 large dioramas and 90 smaller ones, showcasing mammals all sizes. The Bell Museum of Natural History is a great museum stop while visiting the ‘U’, offering stunning visuals and a journey through the history of Minnesota’s beautiful natural environment.
Eat Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Gifts
Ingebretsen’s stands today as the delicious result of a mass Scandinavian emigration to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis’s West Bank, as well as one family’s unwavering commitment to tradition. After 90 years, this Minneapolis deli has continued to make traditional Swedish, Danish and Nordic food for the city, which boasts the largest Scandinavian ancestry in the nation. Eat where the locals go for some of the finest traditional meats and cheeses in Minneapolis.
Tour the Mill City Museum
Located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront, the Mill City Museum was once the world’s largest flourmill. Dating back to the 1870s, the building and part of its ruins are now incorporated into the museum, and were once the site for the Pillsbury A Mill, home to Minneapolis’s then world-leading flour milling industry. A tour through the Mill City Museum will shed light on Minneapolis’s industry growth during the Industrial Revolution, especially the history of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District.
Visit the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Named after the influential philanthropist and entrepreneur, and built by the architect Frank Gehry, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is truly a sight to behold on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank. The building was finished in 1993, and is currently used as a teaching facility, museum, and is an exceptional work of art in its own right. With a collection of over 20,000 images and its capacity to hold separate exhibitions, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Musuem is a necessary stop in Minneapolis.
Catch a Game at Target Field
Nothing could be more American than attending a baseball game on a hot summer’s afternoon, cheering on a team while munching on traditional sports treats. Target Field presents the perfect opportunity to do just that, and is the beautiful home of the Minnesota Twins, Minneapolis’s home town team. Catch a game featuring a winning franchise and learn about America’s pastime at this Minneapolis destination.
Walk over the Stone Arch Bridge
Being more than 120 years old, the Stone Arch Bridge has seen its fair share of Minneapolis history. Originally purposed to be a rail road bridge, the structure was eventually decommissioned in 1965 and became a National Historic Engineering Landmark in 1980. Today, the bridge is primarily used by walkers, cyclists, and sightseers enjoying the view of St. Anthony Falls.
Have a Sausage at Kramarczuk’s Sausage Company
Kramarczuk’s Sausage Company is nothing short of legendary in Minneapolis. Dishing up classic Eastern European fare, Kramarczuk’s specializes in home-made sausage, but carries other kinds of meats, as well as salads, American favorites, and Eastern European sweets. The constant line at this establishment indicates its sway with the locals.
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