24 hours in Minneapolis

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Did y’all see that game last night? It was a classic, with the Minnesota Vikings pulling off a miracle last play to win over the Saints.  And since the Super Bowl is happening in Minneapolis this year, here’s a repost of the 24 hour guide to the city of 10,000 lakes to prepare those who are heading that way in February!

 

you’re gonna make it after all…

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know before you go: MSP

F7B6AB76-AA9E-46B3-BA42-0EF876238C17MSP and I have a long history together, back to the days when it was a Northwest Airlines hub.  Now it’s transferred into Delta’s hands, it’s a popular layover site for bicoastal travel through that airline.  And it’s a really nice airport.

Located 10 miles from the city, there’s a very convenient light rail Blue line train that will get you there quickly.  The Blue line also goes beyond the airport to the Mall of America too, making it easy to get to the airport from either destination.

You can probably skip the MoA because the middle area is like its own mall, with decent shopping.  There’s a lot of food options, especially the cool “food truck” area with different cuisines and styles of food.  They have really good bakeries here, too.

There are ~115 gates split into two terminals named after famous son: Lindbergh and Humphrey.  Lindbergh Terminal 1 is further divided into 7 concourses A-G–most airlines.  Humphrey Terminal 2 is made up of concourse H and serves regional and Southwest.

Remember: ✈️ = when doves cry to ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ = party like it’s 1999

Convenience to the city: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (quick train ride from the city)

Ease of navigating through terminals: ✈️✈️✈️ (it’s a large airport, and getting from one end to another takes a hike)

Convenience of check in/security lines: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (apparently they have the best k-9 unit in the country, extra points for the dogs)

Dining: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (The food truck area is awesome and is something I haven’t seen in many other places.  Decent choices, running the gamut from Chick Fil-A to Mill City Tavern.  Actually there’s an abundance of brewery/pub restaurants and fast casual)

Bathrooms: ✈️✈️✈️ ✈️(seems like there is  always someone cleaning them, has art)

Charging stations/wifi: ✈️✈️✈️  (free wifi available)

Amenities: ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ (Delta, United Lounges.  Decent shopping, live music, chiropractor, Snoopy.  There’s an actual 1/4 mile walking path for exercise–there’s a reason why MN is the country’s healthiest state and it starts here in the airport)

 

24 hours in Minneapolis

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In honor of the Minnesota State Fair, here’s a quick guide for the 1/2 of the Twin Cities. Recently on my way back from the east coast, I decided to take an extended layover to visit one of my friends in Minneapolis.  I’d never seen this city in the summer, only when the snow drifts were higher than my head, and I’d always heard about how beautiful the city of a thousand lakes was when the weather was more amenable.

After landing at MSP, I could see why people might say that.  The skies are terrifically blue with lush greenery everywhere and the people are all outside on their bikes, running in the streets.  Minneapolis is known as a cultural blender of a city, and it’s great to see city dwellers of all types enjoying their city.  Love is all around, no need to waste it…

you’re gonna make it after all…

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