Welcome to St Paul
St Paul, Minnesota's capital city, is smaller and quieter than its twin to the west, Minneapolis. While Minneapolis is all glitz and bustle, St Paul is more prim and proper and has managed to retain more of its historic character. St Paul's amenities are more modest as well, though the capital does it excel when it comes to breweries and brew pubs. The city is well worth a day's diversion from Minneapolis to stroll through the historic residential areas southwest of downtown, particularly along Summit Ave, or closer to the Mississippi River around Irvine Park, to gawk at the late-19th and early-20th-century mansions. This is also F Scott Fitzgerald's old stomping grounds, and the houses he was born in as well as where he published This Side of Paradise are still standing.