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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

The Twin Cities are abundantly blessed with several classical-style churches and cathedrals.  When possible, 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, as well as several inspiring churches representing various faiths.

The tour duration varies by the number of churches visited.  Figure 45 minutes per church. Tours are a minimum four hours.

Experience the wonders of the Great Architect in these places of worship in two of America’s most beautiful cities:  Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Pictures from top to bottom.  These represent only a few of many available to visit.

Replica of Michalangelo’s “Pieta” – Cathedral of Saint Paul

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

Lakewood Chapel

Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Architecture Tour

 

Nature is the primary influence in the Twin Cities: nestled in a vast urban forest are lakes, streams, waterfalls, and the Mighty Mississippi River which flows through a magnificent valley through the two cities. 

This is the perfect setting for magnificent neighborhoods filled with a vast parade of architecturally stunning homes.

Although the two cities were born about the same time, around 1840, Saint Paul, because it was a river port city, matured much earlier.  Minneapolis, in its early going, was a military operaton managing the developing hydro power of Saint Anthony Falls.  By this quirk in time lapse, St. Paul architecture reflects a European influence.  By the time Minneapolis was really beginning to energize, thanks largely to the emergence of railroads, the eager seeds of Prairie School styles were exploding out of Chicago across the land, finding welcome in Minneapolis.  In Saint Paul, you will absolutely marvel at the sheer, unduplicated volume of stunning Victorian-era mansions along Saint Paul’s famed, 5-mile stretch of Summit Avenue.

Taking an architecture tour of the two cities is like two museums repesenting two architectural epochs.  Most interesting!

The commercial buildings are much the same, with Saint Paul representing more of an Eastern type city; Minneapolis, meanwhile, is  taller, shinier, glitzier.  Each city is absolutely charming in its own way, as you will see and appreciate.

A question to ponder during the tour: In which city would you prefer to live?   You will see strong arguments for both.

Minneapolis skyscrapers include works by architects Cesar Pelli, I.M. Pei, Phillip Johnson, Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry. 

The new $1.1 billion Minnesota Vikings football stadium is truly an angular marvel!  It suggests an ancient Viking ship bearing muscular, sweaty, aggressive guys fighting over an oddly shaped ball. ;-)

Here is a small sampling of Twin Cities architecture.  Top to bottom:

Lake of the Isles home (above)

USBank Stadium of Vikings Football

IDS Tower in Minneapolis reflecting Wells Fargo Building

Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home

James J Hill Mansion – Summit Avenue

Governor’s Mansion – Summit Avenue

Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright designed

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Twin Cities Tour

Sightseeing tours of Minneapolis, the City of Lakes, and the Capitol City of Saint Paul.

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Cathedrals and Churches

This tour visits many classical-style cathedrals and churches throughout the Twin Cities area.

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Architecture Tour

A stunning parade of magnificent homes, in addition to churches and impressive modern architecture by famous architects.

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