Sunday, October 6
9:00am - 12:00pm
$31 per person
Today we will experience a sampling of what makes the Twin Cities fantastic.
During the three-hour tour, our guide will provide commentary on the downtowns of
Minneapolis, Saint Paul and surrounding areas. Minneapolis is filled with exciting
attractions, events, restaurants, clubs, shopping, culture, sports, recreation and
entertainment that is unsurpassed in the Midwest. The excitement will start when
we first glimpse the Minneapolis skyline, an ever-changing scene of contemporary
skyscrapers in a dazzling variety of colors, shapes and sizes that heralds the city’s
dynamic growth and vibrant, thriving lifestyle. While in Minneapolis we will explore
the famous Nicollet Mall, Skyway network, theater district, Minneapolis Sculpture
Garden, Guthrie Theatre, Milwaukee Train Depot, Orchestra Hall, the television
home of Mary Tyler Moore, and St. Anthony Falls, the birthplace of Minneapolis.
A short stop will be made at Minnehaha Falls to see Minnesota’s oldest tourist
attraction. This is where the twenty-two mile Minnehaha Creek, which flows from
Lake Minnetonka through the western suburbs of Minneapolis and into the city,
dives over the falls and into the Mississippi River. The fifty-three foot falls have
been immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Song of Hiawatha” and are
visited by thousands of tourists and locals every year.
Our next destination is Saint Paul, Minnesota’s charming historic capital city. Magnificent Art Deco and Victorian reminders of the past nestle next to sleek skyscrapers, giving this Capital City an Old World charm. While in Saint Paul we will explore Rice Park, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Landmark Center, Children’s Museum, Mickey’s Diner, The Fitzgerald Theater, Minnesota History Center, and the Minnesota State Capitol, considered the second most beautiful capitol building in the United States, after Utah. We will see the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Paul, the fourth largest cathedral in the United States with seating for 3,000 people. Built in the Classical Renaissance style of architecture, the Cathedral dome is modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
We will drive along Summit Avenue, one of the longest stretches of virtually uninterrupted Victorian architecture in the United States. This monumental boulevard of homes, churches, synagogues and schools attracts tourists and natives alike who stroll past its architectural curiosities and landmarks. Streets like Summit Avenue were not uncommon in the 19th century, but in most American cities, these thoroughfares have completely lost their character to progress, except in Saint Paul. Some homes to note along Summit Avenue are the James J. Hill House, the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Governor’s Mansion.
Monday, October 7
$25 per person
Spend the day at Mall of America. Anyone who thinks Mall of America is just a big mall probably thinks that the Grand Canyon is just a big hole in the ground. Mall of America is the largest fully-enclosed mall in the nation hosting more visitors annually than Disney World and the Grand Canyon combined.
Designed as a city within a city, the nation’s premier shopping and entertainment destination has over 4.2 million square feet of space and 4.3 miles of storefront footage, making Mall of America a must-see attraction. Mall of America consists of four “avenues” placed in a square around the centerpiece, Nickelodeon Universe.
Each of the avenues provides a distinctive shopping experience. At the “intersection” for each of the avenues you will find one of the four anchor stores: Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom’s and Sears. There are restaurants, bistros and cafes galore, with food to suit every palate and budget. The entertainment district features nightclubs, sports bars and a cinema complex with fourteen screens. And of course there are over 400 retail outlets, including many of the most prestigious stores in the world and some of the most unique specialty shops.
You will receive a short orientation and retail directory to help you navigate the corridors!
In one day you can ride on a roller coaster (Nickelodeon Universe), explore the bottom of the ocean (UnderWater Adventures), drive 195 mph without getting a speeding ticket (NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway), get married (Chapel of Love) and still have time to shop!