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Best Walking Tours In The Twin Cities

November 7, 2010 2:55 PM

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History, architecture and nature help create our beautiful city and one way to experience it all is via one of the many walking tours offered. Here are some of the best.
James J. Hill House, summit avenue

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Summit Ave.

St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota History Center – Places
mnhs.org

It was no surprise when Summit Avenue was named one of 10 “great streets” nationally by the American Planning Association. This 1.5 mile walking tour starts at James J. Hill House and ends at Cathedral of St. Paul with a number of impressive highlights and historic stories in between. Walkers pass the rows of Gilded-Age mansions, revisit St. Paul’s history and hear the stories of the people whom once called them home.

St. Anthony Main

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Bridges

Minneapolis, Minnesota
www.mrdbridges.com

The Mississippi River is the longest river in the United States, and our two cities are lucky to be sitting on its banks. What’s even more interesting, Minneapolis boasts being the community with the most bridges traversing this esteemed river. Take a tour of these various structures and take note of the varying styles and the material used.

JV Bailey House, state fair, walking, oldies

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State Fair History Walking Tour

Minnesota State Fair Foundation
J.V. Bailey House
1265 Snelling Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55108
www.msffoundation.org

It’s no secret Minnesotans take pride in the annual Minnesota State Fair but one treat not found on a stick is the State Fair Walking Tour. While the prizes from last season’s fair are long gone, guest can print an online brochure and head to the fairgrounds to take a walking tour and learn about this rich part of Minnesota history.

Wabasha Street Caves, tours, walking,

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Wabasha Street Caves Tour

215 Wabasha St S
Minneapolis, MN 55107
www.wabashastreetcaves.com

This one isn’t your traditional walking tour. Bullet holes, geological history and tales of escape routes and speakeasies make up the stories of the historic Wabasha Street Caves tour. Roused by the 1920s and 1930s gangsters whom used to escape to St. Paul, this 45-minute tour reveals the “Underground World” and is led by characters of the time.

State Capitol Building, minnesota, generic

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Capitol Mall Walking Tour

75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul MN 55155
651-296-2881
www.mnhs.org

The Capitol Mall displays an assortment of sculptures, flower gardens, plaques and memorials of historic Minnesotans. For a nominal fee, visitors can purchase a self-guided brochure at the Capitol’s information desk which will point you in the right direction while explaining the history and significance of the Capitol’s public space highlights.

-- Beth Blair has turned a decade of travel industry experience into an action-packed travel writing career. She writes for various print and online publications and is co-founder of TheVacationGals.com and TheSpaGals.com. Learn more about her at BethBlair.com and find her on Twitter: @BethBlair.

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