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Summit Avenue

Address: Summit Ave., Saint Paul, MN
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Ranked #2 of 34 Activities in Saint Paul
Type: Neighborhoods, Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Traveler Resources, Other, Spas & Wellness, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Running
Owner description: Old, wealthy St. Paul neighborhood with Victorian mansions.
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Type: Neighborhoods, Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Traveler Resources, Other, Spas & Wellness, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Running
Owner description: Old, wealthy St. Paul neighborhood with Victorian mansions.
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Summit Avenue of Saint Paul is for anyone visiting Saint Paul, MN. If you're interested at all in late 19th Century/early 20th Century architecture or history, this is a must see. This 2-mile walk or drive is worth the effort as it contains the rich culture and history of St. Paul. You could start at the St. Paul Cathedral and... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Have walked the length of this area every Spring and Summer for years. Lived near Milton and Summit many years ago and still remember the area with fondness. A visit to the James J. Hill House and Alexander Ramsey House are also must stops. Recently drove through with out of town visitors and enjoyed the splendor of the urban mansions... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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210 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The grand mansions of Summit Avenue are fun to see even in the winter. This is one of the grandest streets in the country and is worth an hour, or several hours if you're walking, to see how the other half lived, and lives still to this day.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The architecture on the avenue is primarily from the victorian era. If you are visiting the twin cities it is must see. Rare to find so many beautiful mansions in one place. I like to imagine what the lives of the residents were like once upon a time. Point of interest: F. Scott Fitzgerald's home is along the avenue.

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Arlington, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

If you are a fan of American late 19th and early 20th century mansions, I don't think there is a finer street in the US for viewing so many of these. Most cities that had a "millionaire row" saw them demolished through the 20th century. Somehow St. Paul's was saved. It's worth a drive or walk down this street and... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

If you like fine homes,beautiful landscaping, and the smell of old money, with a taste of authentic "neighborhoodism" thrown in... this a great fall,spring or summer drive or stroll in St Paul. Very few places anywhere now days have the feeling of the old world,while still being a major thoroughfare, in a somewhat major city. A great photo opportunity.

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93 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Summit is simply a beautiful street lined with old mansions, all that have been kept up very well. You can get a nice view of different styles and admire this grand old homes. You drive down the street but I recommend getting out and taking a walk.

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Houston, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

While the most impressive buildings along Summit Avenue are the older historical mansions, as a friend who has studied the area pointed out as we drove along the street, there are more recent homes tucked in here and there that show the architecture of the time they were built, and the scale of the homes reflect the varying land values... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

A drive or stroll along Summit Avenue in St Paul is a trip back in time when railroad barons and successful merchants built sturdy and elegant homes, often for their extended families. Best to see it in Spring and Fall when the delicate blossoms or brilliant leaves are at their best.

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Evansville, Indiana, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Starting at the St Paul Cathedral at the top of the street and continuing forever (it seemed), we were constantly seeing a most remarkable street, with the kinds of homes that one might use if constructing the ideal neighborhood for a movie set. There was nothing not to like. The street can best be enjoyed by a leisurely stroll, although... More 

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