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Minneapolis - City of Lakes

This tour focuses exclusively on Minneapolis which is flat out one of the most beautiful cities in America.  Besides having the Mississippi River flowing through, it has several picturesque lakes surrounded by magnficient homes, as well as St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi, and Minnehaha Falls immortalized by Longfellow’s poem The Song of Hiawatha.  All of this in what is a city in a forest.

While its sister city downstream, Saint Paul, was a shipping port, Minneapolis got its economic engine roaring by tapping the hydro power of St. Anthony falls to operate dozens of flour and lumber mills.  For decades it was the largest producer of flour in the world, led by Pillsbury and General Mills, among others.

Today, the milling industry, no longer dependent on water power, has moved on.  However, Minneapolis has turned to the arts being a nation leader in theater, music, dance, museums and more.

The Cities’ early planners wisely preserved and enhanced the area’s natural beauty of lakes, forest, rivers and waterfalls by designing The Grand Rounds, an extensive parkway system enabling you the visitor to enjoy viewing it out the bus window...not only the natural beauty, but also likely the most stunning parade of superlatively designed homes anywhere in the nation. 

In addition to the above, you will see and/or visit:

  • The Guthrie Theater – overlooking St. Anthony Falls
  • The Lyndale Rose Garden
  • The Mary Tyler Moore TV home and statue
  • The $1 billion Vikings’ football stadium shaped like a real Vikings’ ship.

  • Basilica of Saint Mary
  • The 8-mile Skyway System
  • First Avenue – Site of Prince’s Purple Rain movie

  • Nicollet Island – 40 acre island on the Mississippi with 1800s homes.
  • Mississippi River Parkway in Minneapolis
  • Vintage streetcar

  • Several bridges over the Mississipi incliding the nations first in 1854, and the 35W Bridge which collapsed in 2007.

Tours are a minimum 3-½ hours.  A minimum group size of 20.  These are private group tours.  We do no offer a public tour.  For further information, call 612-240-6048 or email.

 
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