Minneapolis is the artiest town in the state of Minnesota. For visitors who love spending hours at galleries, enjoying the finest art from around the world, this part of the ‘Twin Cities’ is the place to be. If the great outdoors are calling your name, you can be in the wilderness of the Lakes within just half an hour. The added bonus is that everyone is ‘Minnesota Nice’, so do not worry if you get lost. The locals will point you in the right direction with a smile on their faces.
Minneapolis is the perfect city for art lovers. Start your visit with a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) . It is a treasure trove of modern and contemporary art. Set aside a couple of hours to visit the MIA. Its Asian art galleries and the decorative arts rooms on the second and third floors are highlights that you could spend all day in.
The Weisman Art Museum, located on the University of Minnesota campus, hosts collections of 20th Century American art and ceramics as well as excellent Korean furniture. Complete your art tour around Minneapolis with a trip to the Walker Art Centre. If you appreciate US pop art and photography, you will want to schedule in all afternoon. By the way, in July and August, the Walker Art Center transforms into a free movie theater and concert hall on Monday nights.
While you are in the area, head to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The 11-acre garden lies next to the Walker Arts Center and is home to some of the most iconic contemporary works but is currently undergoing eco-friendly improvements. It’s due to reopen in 2017, so plan your visit in advance.
You cannot visit the ‘City of Lakes’ without a visit uptown to the Chain of Lakes. After all, it is here that Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Lake Harriet, and Cedar Lake meet. Naturally, you will find the locals frolic along the shores all year round to experience some of Minnesota’s great outdoors. In summer, take to the cycling paths by bike, take a dip at Thomas Beach, or rent a boat or kayak from the Lake Calhoun kiosk. In winter, the cycle paths serve as cross-country skiing trails for the more adventurous, and the lakes are transformed into scenic ice-skating rinks.
It is easy to get a feel for the great Minnesota outdoors if you have a rental car. Just a 30-minute drive away from downtown Minneapolis are some of the best hiking trails the city has to offer. Lace up a pair of hiking boots, grab a walking stick, and discover the Pine Bend Bluff Scientific and Natural Area in Inver Grove Heights. You will be hiking high above the Mississippi River through acres of undisturbed scenery and ecosystems within the Twin Cities.
Fancy cruising through Minneapolis’s bustling streets or hitting the open road to the Minnesota wilderness? We at Orbitz can help you find the perfect car to suit your size and budget for your next trip. All you have to do is decide where you want to explore. Start your journey with ease by picking up your car straight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.