Walking Twin Cities Guide Book

by Holly Day, Sherman Wick (Wilderness Press)
Walking Twin Cities  by Holly Day, Sherman Wick

256pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0899977200

Minneapolis-St. Paul, the urban epicenter of the Upper Midwest, is best explored on foot. Compact and easy to navigate, the Twin Cities are home to world-class museums and theaters, a mosaic of distinct neighborhoods, and an extensive greenbelt that combine to make it consistently voted one of the most livable cities in America. In Walking Twin Cities, longtime Twin Cities insiders lead you on 35 self-guided tours, from the heart of downtown Minneapolis to Minnehaha Falls, St. Paul’s Hidden Falls Park to historic Irvine Park, and hundreds of points of interest in between. Stroll beside Lakes Calhoun and Harriet, nosh your way along Nicollet Avenue’s Eat Street, explore revitalized historic warehouses in the Mill District, and avoid winter’s chill in 8 miles of climate-controlled skyways. You’ll soak up history, back stories, and architectural trivia, plus glean tips on the best cafés, bars, nightspots, and fun spots.

© 2013 Holly Day, Sherman Wick/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Walking Twin Cities" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 35.
... Preview: Minneapolis was born on the shores of the then-murky Mississippi River. Bridge Square and the Gateway District were the original housing and government centers of the hardworking city in the 19th cent ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: The Cathedral, Ramsey, and Summit Hills—often referred to simply as the Hill District—was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and the area is acknowledged for some of the b ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Saint Paul, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 4.25
... Preview: Cedar-Riverside has an enduring history as one of the Twin Cities’ great ethnic salad bowls. It has also been an exemplar of a combined commercial and residential area, albeit for the working class or ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 1.75
... Preview: Since 1887, Como Park has been a favorite retreat for St. Paul residents and visitors alike. Within its 300-plus acres of parkland are hiking trails, historic bridges and monuments, a free zoo, a rest ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Saint Paul, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 2.75
... Preview: If you’re into swank old mansions and the ritzy, glitzy days of St. Paul’s past, then this is the walk for you. Crocus Hill, considered to be the newest section of the Hill District despite its 130-pl ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Saint Paul, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: There is a never-ending debate over the origin of the name Dinkytown. The most compelling theories hark back to the small cars for hauling railroad goods and workers, which were called dinkies, or fro ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: In the middle of winter, when temperatures can get as low as -40°F, we Minneapolitans are thankful for every inch of the climate-controlled skyway system. These elevated walkways link 80 city blocks t ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura once caused a near scandal by stating on the Late Show with David Letterman that St. Paul’s streets were laid out by drunk Irishmen—a claim that car-driving vis ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Saint Paul, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: The Downtown neighborhood, just off the Mill District, is another area in flux. Less than 20 years ago, it mostly consisted of abandoned warehouse buildings, machine shops, and lots of parking ramps, ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 1.75
... Preview: A little more than a decade ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find anyone truly excited about visiting this little area that weaves in and out of both Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. Today ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 1.25
... Preview: This walk follows the parade route of St. Paul’s famous annual warm-weather event, Grand Old Day. On the first Sunday of June, pedestrians along Grand Ave. can watch entire worlds unfold down Grand Av ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Saint Paul, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: Highland Park is one of St. Paul’s most affluent neighborhoods. It has an abundance of natural and cultural amenities, thanks to its location atop an idyllic bluff east of the Mississippi River and it ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Saint Paul, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: The Historic Mill District is not a neighborhood but a confluence of historic Minneapolis communities surrounding the city’s quintessential life source: waterpower from St. Anthony Falls. Energy was a ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: Established in 1893, Indian Mounds Park is one of the oldest parks in St. Paul. The park’s name comes from the American Indian burial mounds that were found here by early settlers. These included 2,00 ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Saint Paul, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: This walk juxtaposes St. Paul’s oldest surviving neighborhood, Irvine Park, with the newest hot spot where St. Paul goes to party, West 7th St. Historically, the West 7th St. neighborhood was a hardsc ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Saint Paul, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Lake Calhoun is the largest lake in Minneapolis’s popular Chain of Lakes system, which includes Lake Harriet, Brownie Lake, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake. Calhoun is also a part of the Grand Round ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 3.25
... Preview: You may have noticed that a few sites in the Twin Cities bear the name Harriet. As a general rule, the Harriet sites in St. Paul are named after Harriet Bishop, who was the first schoolteacher in St. ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5
... Preview: Loring Park and the Walker Art Center seamlessly integrate artsy aesthetic with earthy utilitarianism. This is the place for contemporary art in all media, as well as the place for reflecting on and b ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: The Twin Cities is second only to New York City in live theater performances and attendance per capita, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis. Since th ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: This walk will take you through one of the most culturally vibrant and constantly changing sections of Minneapolis. The two crown jewels of the neighborhood are longtime-resident Mercado Central and t ... From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - Trail Length: 3

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