Top things to do

Top Choice Gardens in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The 11-acre garden, studded with contemporary works such as the oft-photographed Spoonbridge & Cherry by Claes Oldenburg, sits beside the Walker Art Center. The Cowles Conservatory, abloom with exotic hothouse f…
Top Choice Museum in Minneapolis

Walker Art Center

The first-class center has a strong permanent collection of 20th-century art and photography, including big-name US painters and great US pop art. On Monday evenings from late July to late August, the museum hosts f…
Top Choice Observatory in Minneapolis

Endless Bridge

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 Mississippi River. You don't need a theater ticket, as it's intend…
Top Choice Museum in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

This museum is a huge trove housing a veritable history of art. The modern and contemporary collections astonish, while the Asian galleries (2nd floor) and Decorative Arts rooms (3rd floor) are also highlights. Allo…
Top Choice American in Minneapolis

Bryant-Lake Bowl

A workingman's bowling alley meets epicurean food at the BLB. Biscuit-and-gravy breakfasts, artisanal cheese plates, mock duck pad thai and smoked whitefish melt in the mouth. A long list of local beers washes it al…
Top Choice Modern American in Duluth

New Scenic Cafe

Foodies travel from far and near to New Scenic Cafe, eight miles beyond Duluth on Old Hwy 61. There, in a humble wood-paneled room, they fork into rustic salmon with creamed leeks or a slice of triple berry pie, ser…
Top Choice Museum in Minneapolis

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 collections of 20th century American art, ceramics, Korean fu…
Top Choice Brewery in Duluth

Thirsty Pagan

This one's a bit of a trek, over the bridge in Superior, Wisconsin (a 10-minute drive), but worth it for the aggressive, spicy beers to wash down hand-tossed pizzas.
Mall in Minneapolis

Mall of America

Welcome to the USA's largest shopping center. Yes, it's just a mall, filled with the usual stores, movie theaters and eateries. But there's also a wedding chapel inside. And an 18-hole minigolf course. And a zipline…
State Park in North Shore

Tettegouche State Park

Like most of the parks dotting the North Shore, Tettegouche State Park offers fishing, camping, paddling and hiking trails to waterfalls and little lakes, plus skiing and snowshoe trails in winter.