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Program #21499RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 21 — May 28, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Guests will enjoy a striking new lobby, luxurious new guestrooms and suites and a brand new restaurant and market place. The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis pays tribute to the unique culture of Minnesota, with sleek mid-century Scandinavian decor highlighted by a spacious lobby featuring an expansive stone fireplace framed by rustic wooden logs. The hotel’s premiere downtown location provides convenient access to an incredible array of Twin Cities attractions, from shopping to sports to theater.

Contact info:
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA
phone: 612-370-1234
web: www.minneapolis.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Rooms include an oversized work desk, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron / ironing board, coffee maker and 32" flat screen TV with cable / satellite TV channels.

Facility amenities: Onsite restaurant, bar, business center, athletic club, indoor heated pool, gift shop, and hair and manicure salon.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for current rate
Be sure to mention you are part of the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, May 21 - Orientation / Welcome Presentation
Note: Note: The large group will be split into smaller groups with a maximum of 40 participants. The order of the daily schedule will vary per group.

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3 p.m.

Program Registration: After getting your room assignment, please go to the Road Scholar desk on Level 2 outside Northstar Ballroom to pick up your Arrival Packet.

Orientation: The orientation begins at 3:30 PM. Enjoy a warm welcome and introductions to staff and your fellow participants. We will review the schedule and discuss responsibilities, schedule changes, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, contact numbers for key staff and answer all your questions.

Dinner: Enjoy a sumptuous meal at our lovely hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

Evening: Have an enjoyable evening as you get to know your fellow adventurers eager to begin their week of a Twin Cities Celebration! Delight in an original Radio Thriller performance designed by the Guthrie Theater specifically for Road Scholar participants. This uniquely customized radio drama will be presented by the team who brought us the popular series Shades Brigade. Produced in the style of the golden age of radio and performed live on stage with two Guthrie actors performing all the characters and sound effects. This Road Scholar original piece will undoubtedly be a fun, lively, and engaging way to start off your week!

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Guests will enjoy a striking new lobby, luxurious new guestrooms and suites and a brand new restaurant and market place. The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis pays tribute to the unique culture of Minnesota, with sleek mid-century Scandinavian decor highlighted by a spacious lobby featuring an expansive stone fireplace framed by rustic wooden logs. The hotel’s premiere downtown location provides convenient access to an incredible array of Twin Cities attractions, from shopping to sports to theater.

Contact info:
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA
phone: 612-370-1234
web: www.minneapolis.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Rooms include an oversized work desk, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron / ironing board, coffee maker and 32" flat screen TV with cable / satellite TV channels.

Facility amenities: Onsite restaurant, bar, business center, athletic club, indoor heated pool, gift shop, and hair and manicure salon.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for current rate
Be sure to mention you are part of the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, May 22 - Twin Cities Delight Lecture / City of Lakes Field...
Twin Cities Delight Lecture / City of Lakes Field Trip / Minneapolis Institute of Art Field Trip

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Before an illuminating motor coach exploration of Minneapolis, the Get-Together keynote speaker provides an overview of your week in the Twin Cities. How did Minneapolis become an incredible theater hub — second only to New York City in the U.S. in number of theater seats? What inspired the architectural designs of Cesar Pelli, Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel that stand tall throughout the city? Why did the likes of John Dillinger, Ma Barker and other infamous gangsters consider Saint Paul a “safe city?” And why did railroad and lumber barons choose a five-mile stretch of St. Paul’s Summit Avenue a haven for the country’s largest number of Victorian mansions? These questions only scratch the surface of the coming week’s adventure.

We start by letting you get your bearings aboard a motor coach in this “City of Lakes” — 22 lakes within its boundaries and all in a “green urban environment.” Led by our favorite architect, you’ll get an insider’s view of the building of Minneapolis and its tree-lined streets and lakeside boulevards. And the city is never more beautiful with spring blossoming in all its glory.

Lunch: At one of our local favorite eateries.

Afternoon: The afternoon is spent in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, with its extraordinary exhibitions and one of the country’s finest, wide-ranging art collections — Rembrandt to van Gogh, Monet to Matisse, Asian to African. Expert art docents take you on a custom-designed exploration of this art lover’s paradise. You’ll also enjoy time on your own to explore MIA treasures: Chinese bronzes, Frank Lloyd Wright furniture, a Chinese reception hall, ... so much to see, where to start?

Dinner: Enjoy a delightful dinner in the lovely ambiance of a nearby restaurant. The mouth-watering options are plentiful.

Evening: At your leisure.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Guests will enjoy a striking new lobby, luxurious new guestrooms and suites and a brand new restaurant and market place. The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis pays tribute to the unique culture of Minnesota, with sleek mid-century Scandinavian decor highlighted by a spacious lobby featuring an expansive stone fireplace framed by rustic wooden logs. The hotel’s premiere downtown location provides convenient access to an incredible array of Twin Cities attractions, from shopping to sports to theater.

Contact info:
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA
phone: 612-370-1234
web: www.minneapolis.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Rooms include an oversized work desk, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron / ironing board, coffee maker and 32" flat screen TV with cable / satellite TV channels.

Facility amenities: Onsite restaurant, bar, business center, athletic club, indoor heated pool, gift shop, and hair and manicure salon.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for current rate
Be sure to mention you are part of the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, May 23 - Speaker: “Cultural Mecca” / Mississippi River Cru...
Speaker: “Cultural Mecca” / Mississippi River Cruise / Mill City Museum/ Riverfront Walk

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Spend the morning with two colorful, expert instructors gleaning an insider’s perspective on why this hidden, Midwestern treasure flourishes as a cultural Mecca. Funding for the arts is a state and city-wide corporate endeavor and it accounts for prolific art and theater, not to mention architecture known the world over.

Lunch: Board the 125-passenger paddle-wheeler the Mississippi Queen for a lunchtime cruise on the Mississippi.

Afternoon: Having enjoyed a peek into the history of downtown Minneapolis during your lunchtime cruise, disembark the Mississippi Queen for an exploration of the Mill City Museum — built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill — on the historic Mississippi riverfront. The film “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat,” narrated by one of Minneapolis’ favored entertainers, kicks off this historical adventure. Learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the Mighty Mississippi and the founding days of Minneapolis. Travel through the life of the milling industry as you ride through the levels of the museum to the ninth story, where you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the river and a panorama of the city.

Later, we’ll explore the lovely Minneapolis Riverfront to learn about its dramatic past and bright future. We’ll cross the Stone Arch Bridge for a spectacular view of St Anthony Falls, the historic buildings surrounding it and downtown Minneapolis. Learn about people who have worked here, as well as the history of this area, once the milling center of the world.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own to explore local fare.

Evening: At your leisure.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Guests will enjoy a striking new lobby, luxurious new guestrooms and suites and a brand new restaurant and market place. The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis pays tribute to the unique culture of Minnesota, with sleek mid-century Scandinavian decor highlighted by a spacious lobby featuring an expansive stone fireplace framed by rustic wooden logs. The hotel’s premiere downtown location provides convenient access to an incredible array of Twin Cities attractions, from shopping to sports to theater.

Contact info:
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA
phone: 612-370-1234
web: www.minneapolis.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Rooms include an oversized work desk, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron / ironing board, coffee maker and 32" flat screen TV with cable / satellite TV channels.

Facility amenities: Onsite restaurant, bar, business center, athletic club, indoor heated pool, gift shop, and hair and manicure salon.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for current rate
Be sure to mention you are part of the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, May 24 - Iconic Sculpture Garden / Riverfront Walk / Weism...
Iconic Sculpture Garden / Riverfront Walk / Weisman Museum / Free Time / Gangsters in the Cities

Breakfast: At our hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a glorious Minnesota morning outdoors at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the country’s largest urban sculpture garden. Led by an expert, learn about more than 40 sculptures, including Frank Gehry's "Standing Fish," and the famous and enormous "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. This is the unofficial icon of Minneapolis.

Coach to the University of Minnesota campus to explore the Weisman Art Museum, an architectural marvel designed by Frank Gehry. A campus landmark on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the building presents two faces — from the campus side a brick façade that blends with existing brick-and-sandstone buildings, and from the river side, curving and angular brushed-steel sheets that are an abstraction of a waterall and a fish.

Lunch: On your own to discover your favorite little eatery.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time before dinner. Your Group Leader will suggest things for you to do on your own. You may also see a list of Free time Opportunities at the end of this Daily Schedule.
Optional 30 minute self-guided tour of inside of Minnesota's capitol. Bus will depart from hotel at 2:00PM and return at 3:30PM.

Dinner: Enjoy a lovely dinner at the hotel.

Evening: A lively night of entertainment starts off with a bang as “Edna the Kissing Bandit” joins us, bringing to life St. Paul’s colorful history through the tumultuous era of gangsters and prohibition. From John Dillinger to Baby Face Nelson and, of course, Ma Barker … the country’s most notorious criminals holed up in “safe” St. Paul in the 1930s.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Guests will enjoy a striking new lobby, luxurious new guestrooms and suites and a brand new restaurant and market place. The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis pays tribute to the unique culture of Minnesota, with sleek mid-century Scandinavian decor highlighted by a spacious lobby featuring an expansive stone fireplace framed by rustic wooden logs. The hotel’s premiere downtown location provides convenient access to an incredible array of Twin Cities attractions, from shopping to sports to theater.

Contact info:
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA
phone: 612-370-1234
web: www.minneapolis.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Rooms include an oversized work desk, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron / ironing board, coffee maker and 32" flat screen TV with cable / satellite TV channels.

Facility amenities: Onsite restaurant, bar, business center, athletic club, indoor heated pool, gift shop, and hair and manicure salon.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for current rate
Be sure to mention you are part of the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, May 25 - Twin Cities Art/ F. Scott Fitzgerald / Swedish Lu...
Twin Cities Art/ F. Scott Fitzgerald / Swedish Lunch / American Swedish Institute

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Open the morning with a fascinating ringside seat to learn about the vibrant visual and performing arts community in Minneapolis and St. Paul. What accounts for this cluster of creativity and what are the results?

In the latter half of the morning, delve into the Twin Cities’ literary lights. The focus will be F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose home at 599 Summit Avenue we’ll view in Saint Paul, as well as his influence on the area.

Lunch: Enjoy Swedish delicacies at the American Swedish Institute and learn about "fika," a Swedish social institution. This is a daily break that is more about friends gathering to chat than the coffee and treats that accompany it.

Afternoon: With an expert docent, delve into the Swedish heritage of the Twin Cities at the magnificent Turnblad Mansion, former home to Swedish immigrant newspaperman Swan J. Turnblad and today home to the American Swedish Institute. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, history comes alive at this French Chateau-style mansion with its beautiful blend of period rooms and galleries showcasing art and artifacts.

Enjoy some free time before dinner. Your Group Leader will suggest things for you to do on your own. You may also see a list of Free Time Opportunities at the end of this Daily Schedule.

Dinner: Enjoy a superb meal at the hotel.

Evening: Relax to the strains of exquisite music at a classical music concert by Flying Forms at a nearby venue.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Guests will enjoy a striking new lobby, luxurious new guestrooms and suites and a brand new restaurant and market place. The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis pays tribute to the unique culture of Minnesota, with sleek mid-century Scandinavian decor highlighted by a spacious lobby featuring an expansive stone fireplace framed by rustic wooden logs. The hotel’s premiere downtown location provides convenient access to an incredible array of Twin Cities attractions, from shopping to sports to theater.

Contact info:
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA
phone: 612-370-1234
web: www.minneapolis.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Rooms include an oversized work desk, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron / ironing board, coffee maker and 32" flat screen TV with cable / satellite TV channels.

Facility amenities: Onsite restaurant, bar, business center, athletic club, indoor heated pool, gift shop, and hair and manicure salon.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for current rate
Be sure to mention you are part of the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Monday, May 26 - St. Paul and Victorian Mansions Via Coach / Garri...
St. Paul and Victorian Mansions Via Coach / Garrison Keillor's Common Good Books / Minnesota History Center / Minnesota State Capitol

Breakfast: At our hotel.

Morning: Begin your day exploring historic St. Paul and lovely Summit Avenue by coach. You’ll be in awe of the incredible expanse of Victorian mansions built over a century ago — lining Summit Avenue for five miles! You’ve learned about author F. Scott Fitzgerald, now see where he lived, along with lumber barons and railroad millionaires.

Also on Summit Avenue, see the homes of Garrison Keillor and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Then swing by Common Good Books — this is Garrison Keillor’s bookstore — and spend a few minutes perusing the racks of this neighborhood bookstore and talk to a local author. Among notable books is architectural photographer Karen Melvin’s “Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District,” which takes you inside some of the grand Summit Avenue homes you’ve just experienced.

Then, at the Minnesota State Capitol, relish a look at one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the nation — its marble dome second only in size to that of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. You’ll get a historical panorama dating from early days to current political doings

Lunch: At the Minnesota History Center café.

Afternoon: Enjoy a captivating afternoon at the Minnesota History Center, exploring subjects as diverse as Charles Lindberg, Spam, wartime Minnesota, ice fishing, and butter sculptures from the Minnesota Fair. Don’t miss the Tornado House, where you step in and relive an actual tornado passing over your “house.” It’s an unforgettable experience!

Dinner: On your own to explore many sumptuous options of local fare.

Evening: At your leisure.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Guests will enjoy a striking new lobby, luxurious new guestrooms and suites and a brand new restaurant and market place. The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis pays tribute to the unique culture of Minnesota, with sleek mid-century Scandinavian decor highlighted by a spacious lobby featuring an expansive stone fireplace framed by rustic wooden logs. The hotel’s premiere downtown location provides convenient access to an incredible array of Twin Cities attractions, from shopping to sports to theater.

Contact info:
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA
phone: 612-370-1234
web: www.minneapolis.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Rooms include an oversized work desk, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron / ironing board, coffee maker and 32" flat screen TV with cable / satellite TV channels.

Facility amenities: Onsite restaurant, bar, business center, athletic club, indoor heated pool, gift shop, and hair and manicure salon.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for current rate
Be sure to mention you are part of the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Tuesday, May 27 - A Guthrie Theater Experience: Architecture / Bac...
A Guthrie Theater Experience: Architecture / Backstage / History / Performance Prep / Evening Performance of 'Crimes of the Heart'

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: A memorable Minneapolis theater experience — culminating in Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” — awaits you today at the stunning Guthrie Theater, where an expert leads you on daylong illumination into the every aspect of the Guthrie — including the reasons Sir Tyrone Guthrie chose Minneapolis above all other cities to build his grand theater. Discover the architectural mastery of Jean Nouvel, French architect of the Guthrie, and winner of the 2008 Pritzker Award, the world's most prestigious architectural prize, for his brilliant design of the Guthrie. Cantilevered endless bridge, twilight-blue metal facade, two story-high images from Guthrie plays screen-printed onto steel panels — all exclaim a fascinating artistry. Go backstage to view its state-of-the-art costume and scene shops to understand how the Guthrie has taken stagecraft to a new level on its three stages.

Lunch: At the Guthrie’s Sea Change restaurant, where James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee designed a core menu that focuses on sustainable seafood.

Afternoon: Continue preparation for your upcoming evening performance of “Crimes of the Heart” with our Guthrie Theater expert, who enlightens you through lecture and discussion. By afternoon’s end, you’ll be eagerly awaiting the classic theater words, “Curtain Up!”

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel.

Evening: The pinnacle of your adventure in the Twin Cities is at hand at the renowned Guthrie Theater when you take your seat in the thrust stage performance space for “Crimes of the Heart,” a deeply touching Southern Gothic screwball comedy in which three young Mississippi sisters gather in their hometown to await news of their hospitalized grandfather. With troubles in life and with the law, the Magrath sisters navigate their pasts to seize the future in an imaginative and touching story. Writer Beth Henley won the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for her brilliant work.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Wednesday, May 28 - Program Wrap-Up / Airport Transfers
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will have a brief wrap-up session with our Group Leader to share and discuss program highlights. The program concludes with this session. Airport transfer available for those who booked their air through Road Scholar Travel Services.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Minneapolis, MN
Basilica of St. MaryThe Basilica of Saint Mary – America’s first Basilica – is a stunning, sacred place designed in Beaux Arts style by French architect Emmanuel Masqueray. But The Basilica is more than an important architectural Landmark. It’s a center for the arts, refuge for those in need and a beacon of hope for the metropolitan area.

-Built from 1907-1915, the vision of Archbishop John Ireland

-Stained glass windows tell the story of Mary’s life

Located at: 88 N. 17th St. Minneapolis, MN
For additional information, visit: http://thebasilicalandmark.org/

Cathedral of Saint PaulThis, the fourth Cathedral of Saint Paul, was the dream of Archbishop John Ireland, who secured the site in 1904. The Archdiocese was growing and Ireland saw the need for a "great Cathedral" to replace the third Cathedral, which was 46 years old at the time and too small for the growing congregation. One of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture, the Cathedral was designed by E. L. Masqueray.

The cornerstone was laid on June 2, 1907. The first liturgy was held on Palm Sunday, March 28, 1915. Work continued on the interior for decades. On October 14, 1958, it was consecrated by Archbishop William O. Brady, securing its place among the premier houses of worship in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historical Buildings in 1974.

The Minnesota Orchestra and Vocal Essence are some of the groups that present concerts at the Cathedral each year. The waves of immigrants that flooded into Minnesota in the late 19th and early 20th centuries fueled the diversity that the archdiocese still enjoys. The Cathedral of Saint Paul has always been an open and welcoming community of faith. The Shrine of the Nations is a testament to the important roles that immigrant communities have played in the history of the Cathedral. These shrines surrounding the sanctuary honor saints who were important to the many different ethnic communities that helped to build the Cathedral that we see today.

Tours of the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Paul are held every Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m. Tours are free of charge, though donations are gratefully received. Private tours may be scheduled by contacting Mary Connelly at 651.228.1766. Tours are suspended on Holy Days and civil holidays.

Located at: 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN
For additional information, visit: www.cathedralsaintpaul.org/archives

Como Park Zoo & ConservatoryThe Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit.

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a half acre indoor and outdoor facility with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers.

Information from www.comozooconservatory.org. For additional information call 651-487-8200 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.comozooconservatory.org

Foshay TowerThe Foshay Tower, now the W Minneapolis – The Foshay hotel, is a skyscraper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Modeled after the Washington Monument, the building was completed in 1929, months before the stock market crash in October of that year. It has 32 floors and stands 447 feet (136 m) high, plus an antenna mast that extends the total height of the structure to 607 feet (185 m). The building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, is an example of Art Deco architecture. Its address is 821 Marquette Avenue.

The Foshay Tower marked a significant landmark locally in the push skyward, as the tower was the first in the city to surpass the height of Minneapolis City Hall, completed in 1906. It remained the tallest building in Minneapolis until the IDS Center surpassed it in 1972.

Located at 821 Marquette Ave S. Minneapolis, MN

Open Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm Sunday from 11am-5pm

No ticket sold 15 minutes before closing.
For additional information, visit: http://foshaymuseum.com/home.html

James J. Hill HouseCompleted in 1891, the James J. Hill House, in St. Paul, was the largest and most expensive home in Minnesota. It contained 36,000 square feet on five floors including 13 bathrooms, 22 fireplaces, 16 crystal chandeliers, a two-story skylit art gallery, a 100-foot reception hall, and a profusion of elaborately carved oak and mahogany woodwork. Sophisticated technical systems throughout the mansion provided central heating, gas and electric lighting, plumbing, ventilation, security, and communication.

Information from www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh/. For additional information call 651-297-2555 or visit their website.

Located at: 240 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN
For additional information, visit: www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh/

Loring GreenwayFollowing the tremendous success of Lawrence Halprin’s design and conversion of Nicollet Avenue into the pedestrian-friendly Nicollet Mall in 1967, and the 1973 design for Peavey Plaza by M. Paul Friedberg + Partners, this 20-acre project, also by Friedberg, was designed to connect Loring Park, the oldest mapped park in the city to Lawrence Halprin's Nicollet Mall.

Whereas earlier projects catered to the city’s business and commercial sectors, the Loring Park Redevelopment District aimed to encourage high-density, low-rise development (residential and a hotel complex). The results were 2,500 residential units and a 1/3-mile greenway.

Unlike other greenways constructed during this time, multiplying in suburban areas and taking advantage of their natural resources, this greenway was urban in nature. It was composed of a series of open spaces, beginning with an entry plaza along the mall, and moving westward, by way of a pedestrian bridge spanning La Salle Avenue, to conclude at Loring Park, where a new mist fountain was constructed as a terminating focal element. The rich sequence of pedestrian-scaled spaces includes diverse water features (fountains, sprays, channels), pavilions with tables and chairs, public sculpture, a sunken playground, shuffle board courts, and a site-specific furnishing palette of kiosks, bollards, seating and lighting.

Access next to Hyatt Hotel.
For additional information, visit: http://tclf.org/landscapes/loring-greenway

Lyndale Park Rose GardenShowcasing 3,000 plants in 100 different varieties, the Lyndale Park Rose Garden is the second oldest public rose garden in the United States. Located near the northeast corner of Lake Harriet, the 1.5 acre garden was designated an official All America Rose Selections (AARS) test rose garden in 1946.

Information from www.minneapolisparks.org. For additional information call 612-230-6400 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.minneapolisparks.org

Mall of AmericaAs one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, Mall of America features 520 stores, 50 restaurants and attractions galore, including Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's largest theme park. Plus, there's no sales tax on clothing or shoes in Minnesota!

Information from www.mallofamerica.com. For additional information call 952-883-8800 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.mallofamerica.com

Minneapolis Central LibraryThe stunning Minneapolis Central Library is conveniently located in downtown Minneapolis between Hennepin Avenue, the city's arts and theater district, and Nicollet Mall, the backbone of the city's business and shopping districts.

Designed to reflect residents' civic pride and deep commitment to education and literacy, Minneapolis Central Library offers nearly 100 percent access to its collection, the center of the third largest per capita public library collection of any major city in America with a collection of more than 2.4 million items--including books, DVDs, music, government documents and more.

Architecture

• Designed by Cesar Pelli, the world renowned architect

• Other projects by Pelli include Manhattan's World Financial Center and the Wells Fargo Financial Center in Minneapolis

• Opened Saturday, May 20, 2006

• Eye-catching canopy roof that projects over Hennepin and Nicollet entrances

• 8,140 square-foot atrium links two buildings that make up the library

• Combination of transparent and translucent glass with seasonal Minnesota imagery such as water, snow, trees and prairie grass

• 18,560 square-foot "green" roof planted with low-growing, sun- and drought-resistant ground cover

Located at 300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN
For additional information, visit: www.hclib.org

Minneapolis City HallMinneapolis and Hennepin County founders had a grand vision for their city when construction of the City Hall and Courthouse began in the 1880s. Just a decade prior to this it had become readily apparent that the existing -- and geographically separate -- city hall and county courthouse buildings had increasingly inadequate space for serving the needs of a rapidly growing frontier town. Finally, with much deliberation, a decision was made to join the two entities under one roof with the guidance of a committee comprised of both City Council members and County Commissioners.

The City Hall and Courthouse was built between 1887 and 1906 on the site of the first public schoolhouse west of the Mississippi River. Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis each occupied half of the building. The County ceremoniously moved in November 11, 1895 and the City followed on December 15, 1902. A 1904 Minnesota Statute decreed that both parties were to share in the care and regulation of the building under the direction of the Municipal Building Commission.

When completed, the City Hall and Courthouse had more than enough room for government functions - a blacksmith shop, a horse stable, a wool brokerage, and a chicken hatchery rented the building's excess space. After 1940, things started getting crowded and, despite major modifications, the only solution was a new building. Hennepin County moved most operations across the street into its new Government Center in 1975.

Located at: 350 S. 5th St. Minneapolis, MN
For additional information, visit: www.municipalbuildingcommission.org/Building_History.html

Minneapolis Park & RecreationMinneapolis Park and Recreation is one of the premier park systems in the United States. Its picturesque lakes, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and diversified programming have made the park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work.

The Minneapolis Park System consists of 182 park properties, including local and regional parks, playgrounds, golf courses, gardens, picnic areas, biking and walking paths, nature sanctuaries and the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Together, these properties total nearly 6,732 acres of land and water.

Information from www.minneapolisparks.org. For additional information call 612-230-6400 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.minneapolisparks.org

Minnehaha ParkOverlooking the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park is one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks, attracting over 850,000 thousand visitors annually.

Located at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, the 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river overlooks. The park contains oak, elm, silver maple, basswood, hackberry and cottonwood trees, as well as native and prairie woodland wild flowers.

Sea Salt Eatery Offers fresh seafood April through October.

Located at 4801 South Minnehaha Park Dr. Minneapolis, MN
For additional information, visit: www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=71

Minnesota Landscape ArboretumThe Arboretum, in Chanhassen, features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails.

Information from www.arboretum.umn.edu. For additional information call 952-443-1400 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.arboretum.umn.edu

Science Museum of MinnesotaThe Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year.

The Science Museum's building is 370,000 square feet, built into the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The museum's 70,000 square feet of exhibition space includes a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery and five permanent galleries covering the topics of palaeontology, physical science and technology, the human body, peoples and cultures of the Mississippi River, and the museum's collections. The Mississippi River flows just outside the windows of the museum and past the museum's ten acres of outdoor exhibits and programming space.

Located at: 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN or call for more information at: 800-221-9444.
For additional information, visit: www.smm.org/about

SkywaysBoth downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul both have a skyway network linking together buildings and attractions. Minneapolis' Skyway system links 69 city blocks and Minneapolis has 8 miles of skyways - the largest system in the world.

When it's freezing cold, or horribly humid and hot, the Minneapolis skyways are a climate-controlled haven. Yes, people from other cities think we are like hamsters in a exercise run. But it's bliss to leave your coat at the office in winter or not worry about sunburn in the summer.

Getting into Minneapolis Skyways

The glass skyway tunnels are obvious. Getting into them can be less so. A couple of buildings have "Skyway Connection" marked on their doors, but most assume you just know the way in.

Actually it's quite easy to get in. Usually, going into any building with tunnels going in and out on the second floor, and the way to the skyway is marked or you'll be able to see the way. If it's rush hour or lunchtime, just follow the crowds!

Navigation in Minneapolis Skyways

Navigating the skyway system can be tricky. Most look very similar and there's only a few signs, and fewer maps. It's also easy to get disorientated in Minneapolis' skyways, since most office buildings and most tunnels look the same. Add distracting shopping malls and attractions and it's easy to get lost if you are not familiar with the system. A map is an essential piece of equipment.

Minneapolis Skyway Maps

If you are in Minneapolis the free magazine Downtown Guide is widely distributed in magazine racks in Minneapolis skyways, and has a skyway map printed in the back.

When are the Minneapolis Skyways Open?

The opening hours of the skyways in Minneapolis are controlled by the buildings they link.

Minneapolis' skyways are not open 24 hours. Most open from early morning until late at night. The skyways are open fewer hours on Sunday, usually closing in the early evening.
For additional information, visit: http://minneapolis.about.com/od/travelweather/a/skyways.htm

The LoftFounded in 1974 (incorporated in 1975), The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation's leading literary arts centers. The Loft advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature.

Their core values are that literature is essential, writing can be taught, inclusiveness is imperative, boldness brings excellence, community makes them strong, and wise management fuels their success.

Each year the Loft engages more than 3,000 beginning, intermediate and advanced writers in learning opportunities, hosts more than 100 authors in readings and dialogues that draw more than 10,000 people, connects with more than 160,000 unique visitors through digital resources on our website, collaborates with at least 30 local and national organizations to enrich the literary environment and, through contracts, awards, and grants, pays writers more than $400,000.

In their evaluations, 96% of students report that their class helped them improve their writing, 91% identified their next steps as a writer, and 94% would recommend their class to others.

Located at: 1011 Washington Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN
For additional information, visit: www.loft.org

The Museum of Russian ArtLocated in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA), is a member-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and presentation of all forms of Russian art and artifacts. The only North American museum of its kind, TMORA features a dynamic rotation of originally curated exhibitions showcasing extraordinary works of art seldom displayed in the United States. Through the Museum’s educational programs and diverse exhibitions, visitors can explore new perspectives on the history, heritage and art of Russia and surrounding cultures.

Through the universal language of art, visitors to TMORA explore new and unique perspectives on Russia, a country with a recorded history that spans over one thousand years. Recognizing the importance of educating current and future generations about Russian art and related cultures, TMORA’s exhibitions are designed to provide our guests with an opportunity to examine important artistic achievements and historical events through the works of the region’s most esteemed artists.

Housed in a beautifully renovated historic building, the Museum’s multi-level galleries provide a tranquil and intimate setting for TMORA’s exhibitions and educational events. We look forward to welcoming you to The Museum of Russian Art, a cultural venue like no other.

Located at 5500 Stevens Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN
For additional information, visit: http://tmora.org

Walker Art CenterFormally established in 1927, the Walker Art Center became the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest. The museum’s focus on modern art began in the 1940s, when a gift from Mrs. Gilbert Walker made possible the acquisition of works by important artists of the day, including sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and others. Today the Walker Art Center ranks among the five most-visited modern/contemporary art museums in the United States.

Information from www.walkerart.org. For additional information call 612-375-7600 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.walkerart.org


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