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Trip List by akschwab

Enjoy the Cities: Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN

Jun 7, 2006  I'm a lifelong Minnesotan that hopes to show the rest of the world what a wonderful place Minneapolis and St. Paul are. Come to enjoy these amazing cities that are so often overlooked. These cities were made for the budget savvy traveler!
4.5 of 5 stars based on 21 votes

Check out all of the restaurant hot spots, and enjoy both the outdoors and culture in this exciting weekend all while keeping your budget in check.
I know what you're thinking- where's the Mall of America on this list? There are so many other gems in these two wonderful cities that I couldn't bring myself to put it on the list, the Twin Cities is so much more that just the Mall of America so I hope you can use this to have the perfect weekend on a budget.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Minneapolis, Saint Paul
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Check into the Crowne Plaza Downtown - Northstar
    Crowne Plaza Downtown - Northstar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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    Avg price: $203

    Great location, great price, great hotel. Recently renovated, this hotel offers what the other downtown hotels do but without the price tag. Great place to stay whether you're on a budget or not.

  • 2. Start off the day with breakfast at Hell's Kitchen
    Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    A wonderful place for breakfast or lunch that features unique dishes to start your weekend off with a bang. Enjoy lemon and ricotta hotcakes, toast with their home made peanut butter and jelly, crabcake eggs benedict, fresh squeezed orange juice, or just some specialty coffee. You really can't go wrong here everything is delicious. Fuel up for a great day!

  • 3. Spend the morning outdoors at Lake Calhoun
    Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Enjoy the outdoors at Lake Calhoun, how can you visit the land of 10,000 lakes without actually checking one out? It's a beautiful area where you can partake in fishing, windsurfing, swimming, sailing, canoeing, walking, jogging, biking and roller and in-line skating. The distance around Lake Calhoun is 3.2 miles for bicycles and skaters and 3.1 for walkers and runners. Lake Calhoun has three beaches available for public use. It's a pretty lake in a great area (Uptown) where you can spend any amount of time from 1 hour to all day.

  • 4. Heat up the day with lunch at Chino Latino then check out the surrounding Uptown area
    Chino Latino, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Great place for a lunch that you'll be totally shocked by. Enjoy the hip atmosphere and fusion food described as "Hot Zone Cuisine"- anything from around the equator. Save money by stopping here for lunch rather than the pricier dinner.

  • 5. Stroll around Nicollet Mall for the afternoon
    Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    A fun outdoor mall in downtown Minneapolis. Shops range from fancy to cute and are just as fun to window shop as they are to blow a budget in. The Mall also has many neat coffee shops where you can stop and sit to people watch. This is a wonderful area to really get the feeling of the City of Minneapolis

  • 6. Great Sushi on a Budget at Koyi Sushi- just steps away from Nicollet Mall!

    This is the native's place to get wonderful sushi that's cheap, has a cute atmosphere and is oh so authentic. There is rarely a wait for this great food and it always impresses. The Number Nine roll is not to be missed includes tempura shrimp, salmon and sesame. It's easy to get a very filling and delicious meal for under $20/ person. Not a raw fish person? Koyi Sushi offers many Japanese dishes that are completely cooked. It's a winner!

  • 7. Zeno Cafe, Dessert & Wine Bar

    Grab a drink and some dessert at this great place in Minneapolis. People watch at a table that faces their walls of windows and enjoy the fabulous dessert at this fun spot that keeps within your budget but will exceed your expectations.

  • 8. Grab brunch at Walker Art Center's restaurant 20.21 (Wolfgang Puck) before exploring the art
    Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    The museum has recently been renovated with a great new layout and a fantastic restaurant. Grab a bite and then wander around the museum. If the weather is nice, check out the sculpture garden which includes the famous cherry in the spoon. This is not to be missed and is a great way to spend the morning.

  • 9. Walk across the Stone Arch Bridge
    Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Take a walk over the Stone Arch Bridge and watch the boat traffic on the Mississippi. The bridge is part of the Heritage Trail so if you're a history buff extend your walk for an educational tour. This a fun way to check out the Mississippi.

  • 10. Check out the essence of St. Paul on Grand Avenue
    Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

    This is a wonderful neighborhood to round out your stay in the Twin Cities. You can take a relaxing afternoon and explore the area that has great shops, wonderful parks, neat old houses and yummy restaurants.

  • 11. The budget diners dream: Cafe Latte
    Cafe Latte, Saint Paul, Minnesota

    This could be my favorite thing on the entire go list so I guess "save the best for last" really holds true. Cafe Latte is a great place that serves wonderful food cafeteria style in a hip location that has local art on the walls for sale. They have salads, sandwiches, soup, coffee, and dessert in the front. While in the back they have a gormet pizza and wine bar. You can easily get out for less than $15/ person after filling yourself to the brim with multiple courses and trips through the line. This is an absolute must for anyone travelling to the cities. So if you take one thing from my go list, Cafe Latte should be it.