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Twin Cities Tour

Our Twin Cities Tour is ideal for an efficient look around both Minneapolis and St. Paul.   Many guests schedule this early in their visit so they know what museums, attractions, etc., to come back to later when you have more time.

Some areas/attractions covered are both downtown areas, multiple views of the Mississippi River, University of Minnesota, sports stadiums. beautiful homes, waterfalls, lakes, parks, and much more.

A minimum 3-1/2 hour tour budgets about 30 minutes for stops.

Below, "Cherry on Spoon" in Minneapolis Sculpture Garden





Cathedrals and Churches

Scale Replica of Michelangelo's "La Pietá" - Saint Paul Cathedral

The Twin Cities are truly blessed with several classical-style churches and cathedrals.  This tour takes you inside to appreciate the grandeur of sacred space, sculpture, stained glass,  and architecture.  The tour includes the Cathedral of Saint Paul and  the Basilica of St. Mary, considered two of North America's most beautiful, among others.

The tour duration varies by the number of churches visited.  Figure one hour per church. Tours are a minimum 3.5 hours,  although it could take all day if you wish, as there are several of interest.  

Your guide will be TCT founder Douglas Rosenquist, now semi-retired, but for this, his favorite tour.

(Left) Basilica of St. Mary

(Below) Lakewood Chapel – Studying 10 million tiny mosaic tiles installed by Vatican artists in the 1920s.









Architecture Tour

Here we take a bit more time to focus on architectural styles throughout the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota .   These range from a five mile parade of Victorian-era mansions along Saint Paul's Summit Avenue, plus  museums, skyscrapers, WPA buildings, churches,  public sculpture, bridges, etc.

Many great architects, styles and eras are represented here including works of acclaimed architects Phillip Johnson, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Gray Purcell, Emmanuel Masqueray, Cesar Pelli, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Jacques Herzon, Pierre de Meuron and more. Plus local architects like Cass Gilbert (the State Capitol, the Woolworth building in NYC), Clarence Johnston (several Summit Avenue mansions and most of the University of Minnesota old buildings), and Harry "Wild" Jones, a featured architect on the Hidden Treasures tour.

Regarding residential architecture, a common reaction is amazement at the many, unduplicated, yet aesthetically beautiful variations of styles in many sumptuous, sylvan neighborhoods. One guest's reaction typified many others: "If when I die heaven does not look like this, I will be sadly disappointed!"

Go to Captain's Blog / Architecture for expanded info on Twin Cities architecture.


Mississippi River in the Twin Cities

The passage of the Mississippi River through the two cities is really its last youthful adventure, especially as it cascades over St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis. 

By the time it leaves Saint Paul, 13 miles downstream, it has become a young adult on its grand adventure to becoming the Old Man River of St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans.  

On this tour we focus on the great river as it passes through the Twin Cities.  In addition to St. Anthony Falls, you'll also see Minnehaha Falls, the three uppermost locks on the river, Nicollet Island, sacred sites, native burial mounds, and the activity born of and dependent on the Mighty Mississippi.  (Suggested 3-4 hours.)

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