Minneapolis is a neat city. It's a very clean downtown with lots of food, entertainment and shopping - plus something I've grown to love - skyways! These are elevated, enclosed walkways that connect many buildings downtown. You can make your way to many key places by following the skyways. Yesterday they came in real handy because it was snowing. While you walk further, going between buildings and crossing streets rather than the direct route, it is a quick way to get around plus protected. Nicolette Mall, a pedestrian mall with free buses plus taxis runs several blocks with the Hyatt, where I was staying, at one end. The skyway pictured on the left crosses Nicolette here. And this sculpture is situated along the pedestrian mall.
The Foshay Building, which was the first skyscraper in Minneapolis - in fact the Midwest - and for years the tallest one, has an observation deck on the 30th floor. The weather was brisk but it has outstanding views.The building was completed right before the crash and was modeled on the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Now it is surrounded by taller buildings. To the right is a photo when it was first built.
Here are a couple of views from the tower.The building on the left is the AT&T building.
The IDS building, pictured below, is now the tallest skyscraper in Minneapolis. To its right is a photo taken inside looking up. It is tall!
Foshay Tower was originally built by Wilbur B. Foshay as an office building. It has now been converted to the W Hotel. Very art deco inside but so dark, I couldn't get a good photo. The 27th floor was to be Foshay's residence but the stock market crashed and he lost his fortune. A few years later he was arrested, tried and convicted for fraud for running a pyramid scheme. The Foshay Museum tells about that history and displays newspaper articles and some artifacts like these keys from the original office building.
There are a number of neat old buildings in town. The State Theater in the LaSalle Plaza has a beautiful lobby. Photos of the stage are gorgeous too. I ate next door at The American Burger Bar - delicious bison burger. And I had high tea at the Brit Pub on Nicolette Mall. Not exactly the mood of a tea house but very active on a Saturday afternoon. The scones and clotted cream were delicious, however. And Brit Pub even has lawn bowling on the roof in the summer!
A light rail runs between downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America. I managed to find my way through the warren of skyways to the station at the end of Nicolette Mall. It had snowed and was snowing. A direct walk would have been faster but the skyways were much more pleasant. The light rail also stops at the airport so that can be a good way to get into town from there. I've enjoyed all the RV shows but, in spite of cold and even snow, I've liked downtown Minneapolis the best of the cities. It feels safe, it's very attractive and people are friendly. If you stay in an RV park somewhere south of town, perhaps Bloomington, the light rail would be an excellent way to get into the city to see downtown Minneapolis. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak