The river and the chain of lakes reveal the area's geology, history, commerce, politics, and arts.
In downtown Minneapolis, we will walk over the Stone Arch Bridge, built in 1882-83 by James J. Hill for the Great Northern Railroad. Now a pedestrian walkway, the bridge overlooks St. Anthony Falls, which powered the flour and saw mills that formed the economic basis for the city.
Nearby is the Guthrie Theater, in which we will see photos of over 50 years of plays.
We will then drive along the Mississippi River's only gorge to Minnehaha Falls and Fort Snelling. Built in the 1820s, the Fort overlooks the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.
Next we will visit Indian Mounds Park overlooking downtown St. Paul.
Then we will visit the State Capitol, view the St. Paul Cathedral, and drive down Summit Avenue, with over 300 Gilded Age mansions.
Summit will take us back to Minneapolis' Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, a 50 mile route along Minnehaha Creek, the Chain of Lakes, Theodore With Park, and Victory Memorial Parkway.
The trip will conclude at Minneapolis' newly refurbished Sculpture Garden.
We will a start in Minneapolis at the Stone Arch Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River and overlooks St. Anthony Falls and Mill Ruins Park. We will then tour the Guthrie Theater, which is adjacent to the park.
Next we will drive down the Mississippi to Minnehaha Falls and Fort Snelling.
From there will will continue downstream to Indian Burial Mounds Park which overlooks downtown St. Paul.
Then we will visit the State Capitol, the St. Paul Cathedral, and a Civil War memorial, which will put us on Summit Avenue, with its 300-plus Gilded Age mansions, including the James J. Hill House and the Governor's Mansion.
Summit Avenue will take us back to Minneapolis, where we will drive along the Ground Rounds Scenic Byway, which includes Minnehaha Parkway, the Chain-of-Lakes (Lake Harriet, Bde Maka Ska, Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake), the Rose Garden, Theodore Wirth Park, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, and Victory-Mmeorial Parkway.
Our last stop will be the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection
Duration: 7 hours 30 min.
Depending on the weather, we may spend more time indoors at various spots (Mill City Museum, the Capitol, the St. Anthony Falls Lock, etc. ) or outdoors (walking along the Mississippi bluffs, around Minnehaha Falls, by Lake Harriet, through the Rose Garden and/or the Wildflower Garden, etc.).
We will drive in my Chevy Traverse (with seating for up to 5 passengers).
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 USD - When we stop along the way for lunch, $35 per person should more than cover it.
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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