Are you ready to get lost in the largest contiguous system of enclosed bridges in the world, connecting 80 city blocks? If so, you’re going to love the Minneapolis Skyway System. Or maybe you have no idea what I’m talking about. If so, let us introduce you to the quirks of getting around Minneapolis during AIHce EXP.
As you know, AIHce EXP will be taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and we’ve already got a block of hotels for you to choose from. Getting to Minneapolis is actually very easy, whether you’re traveling by air, train, or car. All of the directions you need for getting to downtown Minneapolis can be found at www.minneapolis.org.
Once you’ve checked into your hotel and are ready to explore, Minneapolis is a city with an abundance of options for foodies, nature lovers, sports fans, and history buffs. We’ll get to those in a minute. First, let’s get familiar with the Skyway.
Spanning over 9.5 miles, the Minneapolis Skyway System connects some of the city’s finest hotels (including the majority in our hotel block), over a hundred restaurants, and retail stores. The oldest existing Skyway opened on June 12, 1963, connecting the Northstar Center with the Roanoke building over Seventh Street. Each Skyway is owned by the buildings it connects, so there are no uniform hours for opening and closing — which is where the Skyway app (iOs, Android) comes in handy for finding your way around. You can find more information on the history of the Skyway and its fun quirks on Meet Minneapolis’ website. The most important piece of information about the Skyway: Free bathrooms are rare. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
What about food? Well, Minneapolis made the Bundt cake famous, so we already know that it’s a culinary haven. Add Midwestern hospitality to the mix, and you’re looking at a delicious experience. We can’t list all of the amazing food options, but we’ve got our eye on a few choices for May:
- Get your caffeine fix at a local favorite, Spyhouse Coffee.
- Craving something sweet? Head over to Glam Doll Donuts. (They even offer vegan donuts!)
- Want to raise your foodie status? Be sure to make a reservation at Spoon and Stable. (We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that’s been recognized as one of the best cocktail bars in the country.)
- In the mood for Nordic cuisine? Head over to Tullibee.
- Of course, you could always just go on a Twin Cities Food Tour!
We could go on and on about eating your way around Minneapolis while taking culture breaks and even enjoying a scenic walk through Loring Park. We’ll let you peruse this extensive list on your own time, but be sure to let us know what you’re looking forward to the most!
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