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Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but that’s not all it has to offer. Urban explorers can find points of interest here too. Whether you’re just passing by or taking time to explore this Midwestern state, Minneapolis and Duluth are perfect destinations for you. Here are some of the best hotels in both cities, along with some tips on the top activities nearby.
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Convenience in the Heart of Downtown Minneapolis
You’d rather explore the offbeat side of a destination, but you know that to get to that you need to visit what everybody else does first. Sounds like you? The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Downtown Minneapolis is a fantastic option for a first glance of the state’s capital, just a short drive away from some of the must-see attractions in the city. These include the Mill City Museum, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Perfect Location for a Layover in Minneapolis
One of the most common travel hacks out there is how to make the most out of a layover. You’re taking a flight from point A to point B but can’t avoid a one-day stop in Minneapolis? Instead of spending your whole time inside a hotel room, plan a quick visit to the city. The Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport-South is close to the airport (so no worries about catching your flight on time the next day) and within walking distance to the railway station from where you can reach Minneapolis’ downtown effortlessly for some sightseeing of the top spots.
Urban Vibe at the Mill District in Minneapolis
What’s the cherry on top of the cake for an urban explorer? A uniquely designed hotel in a repurposed, historic part of town. Aloft Minneapolis in the trendy Mill District is the perfect match! A visit to the Mill City Museum, a walking tour by the Mississippi riverfront, and eating out at some of the foodies’ favorite spots are part of a fantastic plan to get to know Minneapolis.
Affordable Comfort by the Lake Superior in Duluth
If your plans include a day at Duluth’s famous Canal Park but you’d like to reward yourself with spa time, booking a room at the Hampton Inn Duluth Canal Park is exactly what you’re looking for. To add some extra activity to your trip, take an energy-boosting morning stroll along the nearby Lakewalk after eating a generous complimentary breakfast.
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Familiar Feel Near the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth
If there’s one mode of transportation with the ability to make you travel back in time, it’s trains. The mix of a mysterious vibe with romantic flair make it one of my favorite ways to travel. The Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown is a short walk from the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, where you can book a train excursion at the North Shore Scenic Railroad or simply browse the exhibits. To continue the educational trend of your trip, go further near the Lake to visit the Great Lakes Aquarium.
This is a post written in collaboration with the Hipmunk.