Centrally located in an hour’s driving distance of 37 million residents, the Twin Cities is accessible, and is an ideal location for group tours. With many festivals, scavenger hunts, farmers’ markets, bike paths, brewery tours, and active river fronts, there are plenty of favorites for visitors and locals.
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Twin Cities Transportation Options
The riverfront areas are easy to reach by bus or car. Visitors can choose to get into downtown Minneapolis by bus or by car. Bus trips usually include a scenic ride through the beautiful downtown area and stops at some of the city’s hottest night spots. While it is possible to take a bus ride to downtown Minneapolis from any of the downtown bus stations, most visitors prefer the ease of traveling by car.
When traveling by car, visitors can easily connect with a Minnesota Transit Authority (MTA) route to the downtown Metro area. Group tours to downtown Minneapolis include stops at the U.S. Bank Stadium, TCF Bank Stadium, Target Field, and the Minnesota State Fair. In addition to making these stops easily accessible by tourists, local businesses often offer shuttle services to nearby downtown hotels. If one does not prefer to drive, a taxi or cab service can be hired to take tourists to their hotel.
Twin Cities Tourism Activities
Most of the attractions of the Twin Cities are easily accessible by bus, car, or MSP rail. The Metrodome is located just a short walk from downtown Minneapolis, while St. Paul’s Cathedral, Minnehaha Falls, and the University of Minnesota are also nearby attractions. Groups wishing to tour the Metrodome or see all of the downtown attractions should be aware that buses that arrive before the main event run on limited schedules and do not include restrooms. Groups that want to tour all of the attractions should consider visiting during the evening, which is not as crowded.
In addition to touring downtown attractions on MSP rail, visitors can also go hiking in the area. Some groups choose to tour Lake Calhoun, which is in the central part of the Metrodome, while others choose to tour the forested area near St. Louis Park. Visitors can enjoy walking along the shoreline and taking in the natural beauty of the area. Once a group has explored the natural areas, visitors may choose to tour the Minnehaha River, which flows into the Mississippi River, or hike the trails around the region.
Groups that wish to explore the city’s downtown historic neighborhoods will be pleased to know that the Minnesota Zoo is less than three miles from their hotel. Tourists that wish to visit the zoo can ride the Metrodome’s elevator to the top of the dome and visit the animals in person. Another popular attraction is the Mall of America, which are located close to many of the Twin Cities’ restaurants, shopping options, and other businesses that provide entertainment. There are numerous theaters in the area that host live performances and musicals. The Metrodome was built to showcase the first major sporting events in the area, so visitors are sure to find plenty of entertainment at the Metrodome.
Twin Cities Water Activities
For visitors to the area’s lakes, the Mississippi River offers easy transportation between areas by public transportation. From the Metrodome to downtown Minneapolis, the Mississippi River runs through the St. Louis Park area and is close to downtown Minneapolis, as well. Tourists are encouraged to take advantage of both attractions for all day tours. The Mississippi River is perfect for kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming, and canoeing.
Visiting the Twin Cities may offer a unique opportunity for groups who want to see the area’s natural beauty while enjoying a quality time with family and friends. Group tours allow travelers to travel by bus, train, or car, but they can also make their own way around the area with private bus rentals, horseback tours, or a combination of these options.