Given the current situation with COVID-19, many people are cutting back on international travel and the number of places Americans are currently allowed to go internationally is very limited. So, if you’re looking to take a trip in the near future, your best bet is to make it a domestic trip. Read on to see why Minneapolis makes a fantastic adventure destination.
The Great Outdoors
Perfectly situated between The Chain of Lakes (Brownie Lake, Cedar Lake, Bde Maka Ska, and Lake Harriet) and the Mississippi River, Minneapolis is a fantastic base for exploring the great outdoors. In addition to opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing on the lakes and river, there are many parks within and just outside of city limits. For example, Minnehaha Park is a 193-acre city park just 5 minutes from MSP International Airport that offers a hike to a beautiful waterfall.
Should you want to venture further out, Minneapolis is a gateway to more remote outdoor locations. To visit a National Parks site, you can drive 3.5 hours to Lake Superior for kayaking around the jaw-droppingly beautiful Apostle Islands in Wisconsin. Or if you want something a bit closer, Taylor’s Falls is a cute small town surrounded by bluffs with lots of opportunities for hiking, camping, and canoeing. You can peruse more epic outdoor options across the state here.
Chances are, Minneapolis is not the first town that comes to mind when you think of great food. But believe it or not, the city has an incredibly colorful food scene, mainly thanks to its large multicultural immigrant community.
In Minneapolis, foodies will be able to explore authentic cuisines that include Korean, Indigenous American, Somalian, Hmong, Afghani, and Scandinavian! A few great restaurants to start with include:
· Owamni, an exciting new restaurant by The Sioux Chef team launching this Spring.
· My Huong Kitchen for unbeatable banh mi and bubble tea.
· Swedish Crown Bakery for Scandinavian pastries with a healthy twist.
· You can get your art fix by taking a stroll through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or dropping in to the Walker Art Center or the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
· If you want to learn more about the immigrant populations that influenced the city, check out the American Swedish Institute, The Somali Museum of Minnesota, or The Museum of Russian Art.
· To learn more about the original caretakers of the land, you should visit the Minneapolis American Indian Center, which has a gallery, a café featuring native food, and a gift shop with crafts by local artists.
And the city is also home to The Guthrie Theater who is working hard to participate in this new virtual landscape with virtual class offerings and streaming plays that celebrate Black voices. It’s been a tough year for the theatrical community, so you should be sure to give them some support.
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