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Best Bus Route

The 3A

Some of the most-traveled and most-renowned bus routes in the Twin Cities share a certain quality of being attached to a specific thoroughfare and a simple A-to-B linearity—Lake Street for the 21, University Avenue for the 16, Grand Avenue for the 63. But the 3A is a unique sort of mutant in Metro Transit's framework. Sure, the idea of a route that goes from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul seems straightforward enough, but the way it gets there feels less like a standard transit route than a scenic tour. The 3A takes you through some of the most character-filled landmarks and areas in the Metro: the U of M campus, the State Fairgrounds, Como Park, Frogtown main drag Rice Street, and the State Capitol. If you've got an hour to kill and a couple bucks in your pocket, hop on and take in a route that links the best ballpark and library in the Midwest to the street where Larry Gopnik gets in a car accident in A Serious Man.

Best Bus Route (2013) Route 16

Best Bus Route (2012) Route 94

Best Bathroom Graffiti Women's lower-level bathroom, Turf Club

Best Billboard MIA's graffiti-bombed Titian

Best Bridge Franklin Avenue Bridge

Best Celebrity Letdown Prince almost joins Gayngs at First Avenue

Best Celebrity Sighting Lady Gaga at the Turf Club

Best Cemetery Oakland Cemetery

Best Charity Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Best Corner University Avenue and 13th Avenue Northeast

Best Festival Ten Second Film Fest

Best Fight The dog park controversy at MLK Park

Best Free Activity Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Best Graffiti Oh, the Manatee!

Best Hipster Hangout Turf Club

Best Lake Lake Harriet

Best Local Blog The Adventures of Johnny Northside

Best Local Boy Made Good Vincent Kartheiser

Best Local Girl Made Good Aditi Kapil

Best Local Website MNBeer

Best Mayor R.T. Rybak

Best Neighborhood Lyn-Lake

Best New Hipster Hangout Hell's Kitchen

Best Old Building The Pioneer Building

Best Park Mears Park

Best Place for a First Date Lawn bowling at Brit's Pub

Best Place to Break Up McDonald's parking lot

Best Place to Get Lost Crosby Farm Park

Best Place to Make Out Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Best Place to People-Watch The Brass Rail

Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests Nye's Polonaise Room

Best Place to Waste an Afternoon Minnehaha Park

Best Politician Amy Klobuchar

Best Scandal The Trevor Cook Affair

Best Sightseeing Indian Mounds Park

Best Sign of Spring Sunken pickup trucks

Best State Fair Food Cheese curds

Best Street Nicollet Avenue South

Best Suburb Eden Prairie

Best Tweeter @NickColeman

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Victory Neighborhood, Minneapolis

Best View Prohibition at the Foshay

Best Villain Steve Drazkowski