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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

(Left) Scale Replica of Michelangelo's "Pietá" - Cathedral of Saint Paul

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Architecture Tour

Natural beauty is the primary influence in the Twin Cities, the perfect setting for magnificent neighborhoods.  In and around lakes, on the banks of the Mississippi River, and nestled beneath an urban forest canopy, you will see a most amazing and varied 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, particulary in Minneapolis.

Hence, in homes, 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,  taller, shinier, glitzier.  Each city is absolutely charming in its own way, as you will see and appreciate.

A question to ponder after the tour: In which city would you prefer to live?

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.

The tallest building in Minneapolis is the IDS Tower (below) at 58 stories.  Reflected in it here is Cesar Pelli’s Wells Fargo Bank Building which is a few feet shorter, though who’s counting the antennas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the residential side, you will absolutely marvel at the sheer, unduplicated volume of stunning mansions, both along Saint Paul’s famed, 5-mile stretch of Summit Avenue; yet as well around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes.

Here is a small sampling.  The one on top is by Frank Lloyd Wright

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 stunning 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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