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BEST DAY TRIP Minneapolis 2001 - Downtown Minneapolis

Hmmm. Let's see, Minnesota day trip. We could go north and have our picture taken with a giant blue ox or south and jam into a crowded warehouse full of pink-colored pottery. It's so hard to decide. Or we could just stay home and take a nice stroll around downtown Minneapolis. Doesn't that sound better? Sure, you'll have to pick your way around a lot of scaffolding and cones and stuff. But when you think about it, there's almost nothing you could do in Stillwater that you couldn't do here. First, park your car. We don't know where. The point is to ditch the car so you can actually get around the city in a day's time. Okay, now head for the river. Trot across the restored Stone Arch Bridge where you'll have a great view of the St. Anthony Falls. From there you can follow a woodsy two-mile trail along the Mississippi riverfront; or cross the bridge to St. Anthony Main and grab a seat on the breezy outdoor deck at Tuggs River Saloon. Put your feet up on the railing and sip a tart mix of vodka and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Next, hop over to Nicollet Island. A tiny oasis in the middle of the city, this spot offers soft grass for stretching. Take a moment to scan the city's skyline for some landmark that could lead you to another stop. Maybe Kieran's Pub for a pint of Guinness and a burger? Maybe The New French Café for a cool glass of wine and white bean soup with crusty bread. Perhaps you will spy an antique store where, if you're so inclined, you can drop a grand on a giant, used wooden Jesus. Whatever you choose to see on your day in the city, it will surely be better than spending a Saturday cooped up in the car just to see the world's largest prairie chicken.

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