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University of Minnesota


This is one of the USA's largest campuses, with some 50,000 students. Most of the campus is in the East Bank neighborhood. Washington Ave SE and Oak St SE is the bulls eye, thronged by coffee shops, fast-food joints and ethnic eateries. A smaller part is on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, near the intersection of 4th St S and Riverside Ave. This area has a few restaurants, some student hangouts and a big Somali community.

The Washington Ave Bridge connects the two halves (note that the bridge's bottom deck is reserved for cars, the top deck for pedestrians and bicyclists).

Another popular area is Dinkytown, located at the campus' northern edge (at 14th Ave SE and 4th St SE), which is dense with student cafes and bookshops.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Minneapolis attractions

1. Weisman Art Museum


The Weisman, which occupies a swooping silver structure by architect Frank Gehry, is a university (and city) highlight. The airy main galleries hold cool…

2. Gold Medal Park


Locals stroll in this spot that spreads next to the Guthrie Theater. The mound and spiral walkway at the center were inspired by ancient Native American…

3. Endless Bridge

1.11 MILES

Head inside the cobalt-blue Guthrie Theater and make your way up the escalator to the Endless Bridge, a far-out cantilevered walkway overlooking the…

4. Mill City Museum


The building is indeed a former mill, and highlights include a ride inside an eight-story grain elevator (the 'Flour Tower'), Betty Crocker exhibits and a…

5. Water Power Park

1.23 MILES

Walk down from Main St SE to this park jutting into the Mississippi River and feel its frothy spray. Quiet benches, skyline views and the chance to see…

6. Mary Tyler Moore Statue

1.92 MILES

The late, great Mary Tyler Moore (of '70s TV fame) put Minneapolis on the pop-culture map. The spot, at the corner of 7th St S and Nicollet Mall, where…

7. Minneapolis Institute of Art

2.29 MILES

This museum is a huge trove housing a veritable history of art. The modern and contemporary collections will astonish, while the Asian galleries (2nd…

8. Walker Art Center

2.73 MILES

The first-class art center has a strong permanent collection of 20th-century art and photography, including big-name US painters and great US pop art. On…