Downtown St. Paul Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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 visitors to the area have been more than happy to agree with. However, we think that the following St. Paul walk, starting at Mears Park and looping past Rice Park, might reveal a little bit of the genius in the madness.
The angles of the streets and sidewalks give pedestrians the best possible view of the architecture, from the ornate buildings in Lowertown to the historic cultural centers that encircle Rice Park. In the winter, this area comes alive with Winter Carnival events, from subzero parades to sparkling ice sculptures; during the rest of the year, the streets are lined with flowers and perfectly manicured trees."