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  1. Minneapolis & the 'Miss'

    View of the Minneapolis skyline over the Mississippi River, the second-longest river in the United States. The longest is the Missouri River, which flows into the Mississippi. Together, they form the largest river system in North America. (MeetMinneapolis.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Guthrie Theater

    An evening view from Stone Arch Bridge of the new Jean Nouvel-designed Guthrie Theater. The Guthrie Theater opened on May 7, 1963 with a production of Hamlet directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the theater's founder. (Amanda Ortland / MeetMinneapolis.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Mall of America

    Mall of America's is the nation's largest shopping and entertainment complex. There are more than 520 stores, a 7-acre amusement park, a walk-through aquarium, a 14-screen movie theater and numerous restaurants. (MeetMinneapolis.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Metrodome

    The Metrodome is home to the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins, and is serviced by the city's light rail. (Explore Minnesota Tourism) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Mill Ruins Park

    Mill Ruins Park the centerpiece of the revitalization of Minneapolis' historic West Side Milling District. The park gives visitors a glimpse into an era when Minneapolis was number one in flour milling; when waterpower ran industry and the labor of immigrants hand built the city. (MeetMinneapolis.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Golden capital

    This gold-leafed copper and steel statuary group, 'Progress of the State,' sits atop the Minnesota State Capital in St. Paul. Sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Potter, the four horses represent the power of nature: earth, wind, fire and water. (Explore Minnesota Tourism) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Minnesota State Fair

    The Mighty Midway at the Minnesota State Fair, one of the nation's largest and best-attended agricultural and educational events. The fair consists of 12 days of fun, Aug. 24 to Labor Day, Sept. 4. (Minnesota State Fair) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Weisman Art Museum

    A visit to the Weisman Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, will treat your eyes to artists including Georgia O'Keefe, Alfred Maurer, Marsden Hartley and many diverse contemporary art pieces. (MeetMinneapolis.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Mississippi River

    A view of the Mississippi River. The city is in the southeast portion of the state and sits along the Mississippi River. There are also 24 small lakes in the city. (MeetMinneapolis.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Walker Art Center

    The Walker Art Center expansion, designed by Herzog & De Meuron, nearly doubles the size of this highly acclaimed museum. Features include new galleries, gardens, performance space, educational facilities, rooftop terraces and a restaurant (20.21) by Wolfgang Puck. (Walker Art Center) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Minneapolis skyline

    The Minneapolis skyline at sunset with the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in the foreground. (Richard Hamilton Smith / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 8/14/2006 12:26:12 PM ET 2006-08-14T16:26:12

Architectural Highlights
Notable architecture in downtown Minneapolis includes the 57-story Norwest Center, 77 S. 7th St.; the flat-topped multifaceted IDS Tower, 80 S. 8th St.; and the city's oldest skyscraper, Foshay Tower, 821 Marquette Ave. (the observation deck has a great view of the city).

In St. Paul, don't miss a stroll down Summit Avenue, just west of St. Paul Cathedral, one of the finest collections of Victorian residential architecture in the nation. The area has been home to such authors as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and Garrison Keillor. Take a quiet stroll on your own, or join a guided walking tour. Tours depart from the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave. (tel. 651/297-2555).

Parks
The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, inside Theodore Wirth Park at Glenwood Ave. (tel. 612/370-4903), is the nation's oldest public wildflower garden, crisscrossed by hiking and bicycle trails. Guided tours are available. It's open April through October daily from 7:30 a.m. to sunset. Minnehaha Park, Minnehaha Parkway at Hiawatha Avenue (tel. 612/230-6400), on the Mississippi, is the site of the famed Minnehaha Falls, the "laughing water" Longfellow celebrated in his poem Song of Hiawatha. Other attractions include 15 miles of jogging and bicycle trails, picnic facilities, and a historic frame house that was the first built west of the Mississippi. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information on both parks is available online at www.minneapolisparks.org.

St. Paul's Como Park, 1250 Kaufman Dr. (tel. 651/487-2800), is one of the busiest and most beautiful parks in the Twin Cities, best known for its free zoo and its flower conservatory, which includes a half-acre domed botanical garden. There's also a golf course, ski trails, and footpaths, as well as paddleboats, canoes, bikes, and skates for rent. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April through September, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. off season.

Downtown Landmark Plaza, adjacent to the Landmark Center at 5th and Washington streets, is home to four bronze statues of the "Peanuts" comic book characters. The statues pay homage to hometown artist Charles Schulz.

Best bets for Kids In Minneapolis
The Minnesota Zoo (see above; tel. 952/431-9500; www.mnzoo.com), in Apple Valley, houses more than 2,300 animals. The Children's Theater Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S. (tel. 612/874-0400; www.childrenstheatre.org), presents a season of plays for all age groups. The Mall of America houses Camp Snoopy (tel. 952/883-8600), an amusement park; Underwater Adventures (tel. 888/348-3846), an aquarium; and NASCAR (tel. 952/854-7001), an indoor racecar simulator, among other attractions.

In St. Paul -- The Minnesota Children's Museum, 10 W. 7th St. (tel. 651/225-6000; www.mcm.org), offers popular features such as papermaking, a music studio, and a Rooftop Art Park. Como Zoo, 1250 Kaufman Dr. (tel. 651/487-2800), is Minnesota's only free zoo.

For a complete listing of what to see and do in Minneapolis, visit the online attractions index at Frommers.com.

Frommer’s is America’s bestselling travel guide series. Visit Frommers.com to find great deals, get information on over 3,500 destinations, and book your trip. © 2006 Wiley Publishing, Inc. Republication or redistribution of Frommer's content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Wiley.

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