Best Walking in Minnesota

This list represents the most popular walking in Minnesota. Use this list to plan your next Minnesota walking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Uptown


Uptown is the Twin Cities’ place for fun—especially during summertime. It’s not officially recognized as a neighborhood by the City of Minneapolis, and it’s actually composed of sections of the Calhou…
From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - 1.5 miles
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#2. Lake Calhoun


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 - 3.25 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#3. Lake Harriet


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 - 3.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#4. Nicollet Avenue’s Eat Street


Eat Street is Minneapolis’s culinary connection to the world, boasting 17 city blocks of restaurants, markets, and coffee shops with food from around the world. It’s a destination for both novices and…
From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - 2.75 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#5. Whittier


The Whittier neighborhood walk connects the past with the present via the principle source of wealth in Minneapolis’s early days: flour. The mansions, Washburn Fair Oaks Park, and even the Minneapolis…
From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - 1.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#6. Phillips & Elliot Park


Park Avenue conjures up images of the affluent street of the same name in New York City, and elsewhere across the United States where the name was given to neighborhoods in obvious imitation. The Park…
From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - 3.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#7. Loring Park & the Walker Art Center


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 - 1 mile
Published by Wilderness Press

#8. Cedar-Riverside


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 - 1.75 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#9. Downtown Minneapolis


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 - 1.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#10. Minneapolis Downtown & Theatre District


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 - 1 mile
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#11. Nicollet Mall


Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, Nicollet Mall is 12 blocks of flower-lined sidewalks with ample opportunities for window-shopping, closed off to all street traffic except for bicycles, t…
From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - 1.25 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#12. Downtown/Washington Avenue


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 - 1.75 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#13. Warehouse District/North Loop


With the completion of the transcontinental railroad systems in the 1860s, Minneapolis became an important wholesale trade center for the country. By the early 1920s, more than 300 warehouse businesse…
From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - 2 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#14. Bridge Square, the Gateway, Boom Island, Nicollet Island, & the North Loop


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 - 2 miles
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#15. Historic Mill District


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 - 2.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#16. East Hennepin/Marcy-Holmes


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 - 1.25 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#17. Dinkytown


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 - 0.5 mile
Published by Wilderness Press

#18. U of M


The University of Minnesota is the primary postsecondary institution in the state for education and research. Almost everyone in the region has had some contact with the U of M— often simply referred…
From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - 2.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#19. Nordeast Minneapolis


For most of Nordeast’s history, it was strictly a blue-collar neighborhood, where workers from the nearby Gluek Brewing Company and Minneapolis Brewing Company (later Grain Belt), the rail yards, and…
From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - 3.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#20. Prospect Park’s Tower Hill Park & Water Tower


Prospect Park is an unusual neighborhood in Minneapolis, distinct in its piquant combination of hilly terrain, thick woods, and streets that weave throughout the upscale area. The hill that is today T…
From the guidebook "Walking Twin Cities"
Minneapolis, MN - Walking - 0.75 mile
Published by Wilderness Press