Twin Cities Tours Sightseeing Themes

Below are the tour selections for you to consider.  We can also combine tours, or customize one according to your special interests.

Twin Cities Tours (r)

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





Church & Sacred Sites

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 Church Tour includes the Cathedral of Saint Paul, considered North America's most beautiful, and several others.

The tour duration varies by the number of churches visited.  Figure one hour per church, minimum three hours; although it could take all day if you wish, as there are several of interest.   Visits are also subject to potential conflicts with church schedules for weddings, services, funerals, etc.

(Left) Basilica of St. Mary

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

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




The Mississippi River

Left, guide Douglas Rosenquist

The great Mississippi River is close to 500 miles old by the time it passes through the Twin Cities.  It begins in northern Minnesota.  As the river flows, Minneapolis and St. Paul are about 14 miles apart. It passes over St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, which powered giant flour mills in the past century; then it flows past the University of Minnesota, through the only deep gorge in the entire length of the River, past Historic St. Snelling, then on to the Capitol City, Saint Paul. 

Saint Paul is the northernmost port on the river. 

The Mississippi River is called the Father of Waters.  However, it is still in its teens as it passes through the Twin Cities, though it does a lot of growing by the time it leaves St. Paul, becoming busy with barges, tourist and fishing boats.

The long 2550-mile journey from its source at Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico will take a drop of water about 90 days.

On this tour, you will have an opportunity to walk across the river on the Stone Arch Bridge (see below).  We will also drive several bridges, so you'll get very good views and photo ops.

Visit the Captain's Blog/Mississippi River for expanded information on the Mississippi River as it passes through Minnesota and the Twin Cities.


Architecture Tour

Twin Cities architecture.

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!"

You will even see the Twin Cities' smallest house, and the strangest!   (About 4 hours)

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


Mary Tyler Moore Tour

The popular Mary Tyler Moore Show was set in Minneapolis in the 70s.  On this tour you will see the home where Mary Tyler Moore lived, where her TV studio was,  walked around the lake, hung out with friends, and other familiar scenes.

She could turn the world on with her smile!

If you Google "Mary Tyler Moore Show" you will find many episodes to watch to get an idea of the various scenes you will see on this tour.

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