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Summit Avenue

Summit Ave., Saint Paul, MN
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Ranked #5 of 63 Attractions in Saint Paul
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods, Jogging Paths/ Tracks
Activities: Running
Description: Old, wealthy St. Paul neighborhood with Victorian mansions.
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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3 attraction reviews
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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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Asheville, NC
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302 reviews 302 reviews
134 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

No visit to St. Paul would be complete without spending some time walking or driving along Summit Avenue, one of the best preserved Victorian residential neighborhoods in the country. This was home to St. Paul's elite at the end of the 19th Century. After a long period of decline in the first half of the 1900s the area was re-discovered... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The homes on summit are simply stunning. You could walk or drive this strip from the Cathedral for brief sight seeing, which is what I did. Gorgeous, tree-lined streets, older architecture - the perfect place to fantasize about owning a mansion. The street also offers some views of the river and bridges. Veer off the main drag into the neighborhood,... More

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Sheldon, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you enjoy walking and looking at historic homes, this is the avenue for you! It is the longest/largest area of historic homes in the nation. Much of the walk is shaded to make it comfortable in the summer. There are guided tours on the weekends (only in the summer). A great way to get fresh air, exercise, and see... More

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Brookville, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We had a beautiful afternoon of site seeing and just off from where the Cathedral of St. Paul is located is this avenue of lovely homes. It was a nice break from the driving we had been doing. My wife and I love looking at the details of each home with the dream of incorporating some of them into ours.... More

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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77 reviews 77 reviews
74 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Gorgeous large Victorian homes on both sides of the street. We stopped at a tiny park, along the street, with a nice view of the Capitol district.

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Petoskey, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We have a conference in St Paul every year and have the option to stay at St Thomas or Macalaster College where everything is held. I always choose St Thomas to enjoy the week long pleasure of walking along Summit Avenue. Its breathtaking with incredible architecture and big Ginkgo trees! There are runners and bicyclers galore. I am in awe... More

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Gresham, OR
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a beautiful street with mansions along either side. You can park on the street and walk maybe a half-mile on one side, then come back. There are also tours available. I strongly believe that the rating of this attraction is diluted by the fact that the James Hill House is a separate listing, so these two split their... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Summit has the most beautiful homes in St. Paul. Many different styles of architecture and it doesn't take a long time to drive down. I go every time I am in town.

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