You say “tourist trap,” I say “hidden gem.” On the drive from Minneapolis to Rapid City, South Dakota, we stopped at beautiful Sioux Falls, the a-maize-ing Corn Palace, and the wild west of 1880 Town.
The land was mostly flat, and the fields were dotted with lots and lots of windmills.
A visit to the “most explosive museum in the world” seemed like a good precursor to July 4 fireworks. The Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis taught us about the history of flour mills in the city, and the terrible explosion in 1878 that sent debris flying across the Mississippi River. The best exhibit was the Flour Tower, a converted freight elevator that opened onto reenactments of factory life as we moved up and down eight floors.
Before going to the Red, White, and Boom festival, we went on a self-guided architecture tour of the Guthrie Theater, the new Vikings football stadium, a cool bridge over the Mississippi, and a building by Frank Gehry.
A walk across the Stone Arch Bridge gave us a great view of Saint Anthony Falls, and later on, of the fireworks. We sat next to a nice family and chatted with the dad, who gave us some good tips for our trip out west.
Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. (Like the butter, Land o’ Lakes!) A 3.2 mile walk took us all the way around Lake Calhoun.
There’s been lots to see in Minneapolis: the Walker Art Center, a Twins game, the Como Zoo and Gardens, Minnehaha Falls, and of course the Mall of America. I fed a giraffe at the zoo! There’s a short video on Instagram.