Travel Guide: 4 Tips for Visiting Minneapolis

This article was originally published on September 27, 2017 on Boston NAVEA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, offers a wealth of exciting experiences for travelers of all tastes. As Minnesota’s largest city, you’ll find plenty to see, and everything is available to you for less than the costs of many other large urban areas. Keep in mind the following tips to make the most of your Minneapolis vacation.

Use the Light Rail to Get Around

Forget about taxis when you’re in Minneapolis; taking the light rail is easier. The METRO Blue Line starts its journey at Target Field and travels to the Mall of America, making stops downtown, midtown, and at Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport terminals along the way. If you want to explore further afield, take the Green Line to St. Paul or the Red Line to Apple Valley.

Light rail tickets cost only a few dollars, which is roughly what you’ll pay on the city’s buses, but the light rail system is a little easier to understand. You don’t need to worry about missing your stop either. Once the METRO gets to the end of the line, it will go back the opposite way, so sit back and enjoy the ride. Hop off at your destination, explore, and board again to see something new.

Consider Your Accommodations Needs Carefully

Your Minneapolis hotel will become your home away from home, so choosing the right one is important. Think carefully about what you want from your accommodations and make your choice based on that criteria.

If you’re not taking your car, a convenient place to stay may be important. Look for hotels near Guthrie Theater if you love culture or places near Minneapolis City Hall if want to be in the middle of the action. Moms and dads want to keep their little ones entertained so they may choose Minneapolis accommodations with pools and on-site restaurants with children’s menus. If you have a four-legged family member, pet-friendly places to stay in Minneapolis may suit you best.

Leave Your Cigarettes at Home

Minneapolis has banned smoking in all public indoor areas and Hennepin County property. That ban extends to cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes. Residents can smoke in their homes, but as a visitor, you’re unlikely to find a place to light up or vape. Leave your cigarettes at home and enjoy breathing in the clean Minnesota air.

Eat Exotically

Minneapolis has all the chain restaurants you’d expect of any big city, but you’ll get a better taste of its culture if you broaden your horizons and try some of the ethnic restaurants downtown.

Vietnamese and Thai restaurants such as Sawatdee and The Lotus Restaurant complement the usual Chinese and Japanese establishments. If you’re not a fan of Asian cuisine, perhaps a Middle Eastern or Greek eatery such as Naf Naf Grill or Gardens of Salonica may be what you fancy. If you’re not sure what to order, trust your waiter to steer your taste buds in the right direction.

Armed with the right knowledge, all that’s left is to book your accommodations, sort out your travel plans, and go. Minneapolis is waiting for you.