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Fun Facts About Minneapolis, from the Skyline to the Streets

Minneapolis, Minnesota—which was originally inhabited by the Dakota people— has been built into a popular city with an iconic skyline, full of towering skyscrapers and busy highways. As of 2021, the Minneapolis skyline is the 2nd ranked skyline in the Midwest (after Chicago), 11th in the United States, and 82nd in the world with 32 buildings rising at least 328 feet (100 m).

Information about Minneapolis That You Can’t See in the Skyline

City of Lakes

Minneapolis, often referred to as the "City of Lakes," is the largest city in Minnesota. Minneapolis is known by this name for its abundance of water. The city is home to thirteen lakes, wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks, and waterfalls. It occupies both banks of the Mississippi River and adjoins Saint Paul, the state capital of Minnesota.

Cultural Hub

With world-class theaters, museums, and galleries, Minneapolis is a hub of culture and art. Visitors can explore the Walker Art Center, catch a show at the historic Guthrie Theater, or wander through the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Parks and Recreation

Minneapolis has one of the most extensive public park systems in the U.S. Many of the parks are in Minneapolis are connected by the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Biking and walking trails run through many parts of the city. 

Must-Visit Stops in Minneapolis

Mall of America

One cannot talk about Minneapolis without mentioning the Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States. With over 500 stores, an indoor amusement park, and an aquarium, it's a must-visit destination.

Stone Arch Bridge

For a picturesque view of the Minneapolis skyline, head to the Stone Arch Bridge. Spanning the Mississippi River, this historic bridge provides stunning views of the cityscape, especially during sunset.

Mill City Museum

Did you know that Minneapolis was the 19th-century lumber and flour milling capital of the world? Learn about Minneapolis's industrial history at the Mill City Museum, located in the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill. The museum offers engaging exhibits and a rooftop observation deck with panoramic views of the city.

Tallest Buildings in the Minneapolis Skyline

IDS Center

Standing at 792 feet, the IDS Center is an iconic part of the Minneapolis skyline. Completed in 1973, it is the tallest building in Minnesota. Today, the 57-story office tower, urban park and retail center sits at the core of the downtown Minneapolis skyway system. The sleek design and 50th floor observation deck make it a standout landmark.

Capella Tower

Formerly known as the First Bank Place, the Capella Tower rises to a height of 776 feet. The second-tallest building in Minneapolis features a distinctive glass facade and pyramid-shaped top, making it a recognizable feature in the Minneapolis skyline.

Wells Fargo Center

At 774 feet, the Wells Fargo Center, formerly known as the Norwest Center, is another prominent figure in the skyline and the third-tallest building in Minneapolis. This modern skyscraper, completed in 1988, features a unique crown-like structure, adding to the architectural diversity of the city.

As you explore Minneapolis, take a moment to appreciate the architecture that builds up the Minneapolis skyline. The history of the city and vibrant culture and economy today are unmistakable, from the streets to the skyline. 

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