Minneapolis Half Day City Tour - Walking

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Welcome to my Minneapolis! This is where I grew up and the city that keeps me coming back no matter where I roam. As an international tour guide, I spend a lot of my time excitedly researching and traveling to far flung destinations. It is with this same enthusiasm for foreign lands that I created this unique day tour of my hometown, which includes just some of the things I find remarkable about the city. This isn't a tour of historical facts and figures, instead, I want you to get to know Minneapolis by experiencing it! (Please note, this is a walking tour. You should be able to walk at least a mile. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water.)

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Buen Viaje Tours LLC

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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This is where we will begin our tour. The Guthrie Theater is open to all, giving everyone the opportunity to appreciate its clever architecture and spectacular views of the Mississippi River from its unique vantage point. (Dependent on Guthrie lobby hours.)

Duration: 30 minutes

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A place for community gathering alongside the Guthrie Theater, this park offers stunning views of the cityscape. It takes its inspiration from the Native American mounds that are found throughout Minnesota.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Mill Ruins Park

This park interprets the history of flour milling in Minneapolis and showcases the ruins of several flour mills that were abandoned.

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We'll walk out onto the the Stone Arch Bridge, a former railroad bridge crossing the Mississippi River at Saint Anthony Falls, which has been turned into a pedestrian bridge for everyone to enjoy. This is the location of several annual art fairs. It is the only arched bridge made of stone on the entire Mississippi River and the second oldest bridge on the river.

Duration: 30 minutes

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One of the oldest buildings in downtown. Home to both the Mayor and the Father of Waters. From here we will take a short ride on the light rail to our next stop. This light rail connects both downtown St. Paul and the Mall of America to downtown Minneapolis.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: First Avenue

A tour of Minneapolis would be incomplete without a nod to our beloved Prince. We'll stop by to read the writing on the wall. Be the first this summer to see the new 100-foot-tall mural of Prince, painted by muralist Hiero Veiga.

Stop At: Nicollet Mall

This mile-long, pedestrian oasis is lined by bars and restaurants overflowing onto the sidewalks, art, bountiful greenery, and many shopping options. Stop and chat with the iconic Mary Tyler Moore! We'll also hit a few well-known murals along the way.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Tallest building in Minnesota, the IDS stands at 792 feet above the city and is at the core of the downtown Minneapolis skyway system, which is the largest, contiguous enclosed walkway in the world! Let's stop in to see the award-winning 23,000 square foot urban park that is Crystal Court.

Duration: 15 minutes

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The Foshay was completed in 1929 and modeled after the Washington Monument. It's a fine example of Art Deco architecture. It remained the tallest building in Minneapolis until 1972. From the observation deck high above the city streets, it's easy to imagine what it once was in its early glory days. This is where our tour will end and you can choose to visit the observation deck on your own. I will also suggest some great restaurants in the area for lunch.
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