Hotels and lodgingEdit
The Grand Hotel
Holiday Inn Express
Hennepin Avenue Bridge
Macy's Department Store
The LynLake Neighborhood
50th and France
Maps and transportationEdit
Getting to MinneapolisEdit
Practical information and resourcesEdit
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Minneapolis is a world class cosmopolitan city. Home to one of the nation's largest theater districts outside of New York, the Hennepin Avenue Theater District, and dozens more live music and theater venues. The Guthrie Theater is world renowned, and has featured performances by famous actors such as Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, and Julianne Moore. First Avenue is the most popular and noteable music venue in Minneapolis, most notably for launching the career of the pop artist Prince. Block E lights up downtown Minneapolis nightly as a defined entertainment district, Minneapolis's own version of a much smaller Times Square. Here, you will find popular restaurants like Fogo De Chao and Murrays Steakhouse, many luxury hotels such as the Graves 601, the Target Center, Macy's department store, and most of the city's classic performing spaces.
Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings play NFL football at the H.H.H. Metrodome on downtown's East side, while Minneapolis is also home to the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the MLB's Minnesota Twins. The Twin's new state of the art stadium has just been completed west of Block E. The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team has also recently completed a new stadium venture. TCF Bank stadium brings open-air Big Ten college football back to Minnesota after many years of absence.
Minneapolis has one of the nation's most spectacular skylines for a city of its size, including the very well known IDS and Foshay towers. Downtown Minneapolis features a mix of modern and art deco buildings. An extensive skyway system makes Minneapolis an extremely walkable downtown in spite of Minnesota's inclimate weather.
The Hiawatha Line connects downtown Minneapolis to suburban Bloomington, running mostly as light rail transit but descending underground into a short subway line through both of Minnesota's major airports, and eventually reemerging near the Mall of America. The Mall of America, only a short distance from the city proper of Minneapolis, is one of the largest malls in the country, and a premiere shopping and entertainment destination. It features the Nickoldeon Universe theme park, a 14 screen cinema with D-Box, the famous Bodies exhibit, and a comedy club.
Akin to SoHo and Greenwich Village in New York City, the LynLake neighborhood in Uptown offers an eclectic Scandnavian and Bohemian vibe, along with hundreds of funky eateries and shops. First time travelers to the Twin Cities should anchor themselves between Nicollet and Hennepin Avenues from Lake Street to 24th, for the most authentically urban Minneapolis experience. Here, especially if travelling from the large cities of the East Coast, you will find the most comforting selections of home. If you are looking for a more upscale environment, 50th and France is your best bet for the San Francisco style boutiques and high-end dining.
Make sure to leave ample time available for exploring the Lake Calhoun area with its sweeping promenades and parkways, as well as lake and beach access. No doubt you'll also stumble upon some wonderful Victorian architecture here. Minneapolis is also the most prominent biking city outside of Manhattan, so expect bikers to be traveling the same streets on a consistent basis.
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