Bloomington: Home of the Mall with it All

With a beautiful location on the banks of the Minnesota River, the city of Bloomington has much to offer travelers. Not only is it home to the world-famous Mall of America®, but this city of 85,000 also houses the stunning Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Water Park of America, an extensive system of hiking and biking trails and much more. Twin Cities visitors also enjoy Bloomington’s many travel conveniences, including its central location, proximity to the airport, and easy freeway access to Interstates 35W and 494. In addition, Bloomington offers free parking, free hotel shuttles to the airport and Mall of America, and the Hiawatha light rail line, which runs from the Mall of America, to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and downtown Minneapolis.

The city of Bloomington’s #1 attraction by far, is Mall of America, the largest shopping center in the United States, welcoming over 40 million visitors annually. This shopping mecca boasts 2.5 million square feet of retail space, over 500 stores and countless entertainment options that range from nightclubs to the Nickelodeon Universe® amusement park to a 14-screen cinema.

Another popular Bloomington destination is the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, spanning 14,000 acres, with miles of hiking and biking trails, prime bird-watching opportunities, and an extensive visitors center.

With all these great attractions, fine restaurants, and convenient location, it’s easy to see why the city of Bloomington is home to more hotels than Minneapolis and St. Paul combined – over 38 total, ranging from luxury to economy to suit families, tourist groups and business travelers alike.

Saint Paul: Hockey, Beer & History

Saint Paul, Minnesota’s capital city, boasts an eclectic mix of hockey, beer and history.  Self proclaimed as the State of Hockey, Saint Paul is home to the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League, several collegiate tournaments and the nations largest high school hockey tournament.

Recently, the city’s craft beer scene has exploded with more than 20 craft breweries opening throughout the Twin Cities area.  Summit Brewing is the city’s flagship craft brewer having opened in 1986 but several new breweries including Urban Growler, Tin Whiskers and Burning Brothers have opened in the last six months.

Speaking of beer, Saint Paul has a storied past including a prominent gangster era in the 1930’s that saw the likes of John Dillinger, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis and Ma Barker in the capital city.  Gangster were protected under the “O’Connor System” – named after the police chief at the time.  While the gangster era eventually ended, there are plenty of sites around town to explore this storied past.

Minneapolis: City by Nature

The history, art, culture and beauty of Minneapolis are marvels that must be experienced rather than witnessed. Nature meets skyscrapers, blending together to create unique sights and attractions that can only be experienced in Minneapolis. Tour the city with a knowledgeable guide, or venture into an adventure of your own; either way, the life of this city will unfold before your eyes.

In Minneapolis, spectators become participants, so get ready to immerse yourself in our culture.

Downtown Minneapolis is located just steps from the Mississippi River.
Downtown Minneapolis is located just steps from the Mississippi River.