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Best of Minneapolis Tour

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Wednesday, May 18, 2916
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Price: $69.00
Lunch on your own at The Galleria
We begin our day at the new Guthrie Theatre. The Guthrie Theatre opened on May 7, 1963 with a production of Hamlet directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the theater’s founder. The idea of the theatre began in 1959 during a series of conversations among Guthrie and two colleagues — Oliver Rea and Peter Zeisler — who were disenchanted with Broadway. They wanted to create a theatre with a resident acting company that would perform the classics in rotating repertory with the highest professional standards.
Our behind the scenes tour of the new Guthrie Theatre will grant us access to both public and private spaces and will last 60 minutes. This tour promises to excite and surprise as you discover the stunning and expanded features of the new, state-of-the-art facility designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. On the tour, you will have the opportunity to learn about the unique building highlights and key architectural elements. We will also visit rehearsal rooms, workshops, dressing rooms, backstage, and the “underworld” of stage elevators and trap doors.
Following the Guthrie, we will visit the famous Nicollet Mall a skyway network of downtown Minneapolis. When the weather turns sour, you can use the skyway system to get where you need to go. One floor above ground, this system links buildings together with enclosed walkways. It connects most of downtown Minneapolis in more than 7 miles of climate-controlled bliss.
And finally, we’ll continue our journey and make our way through the Kenwood residential area to see the television home of Mary Tyler Moore, and around sparkling lakes and lagoons on our way to the legendary Minnehaha Falls, where we’ll make a short stop. This is where the twenty-two mile Minnehaha Creek, which flows from Lake Minnetonka through the western suburbs of Minneapolis and into the city, dives over the falls and into the Mississippi River. The fifty-three foot falls have been immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Song of Hiawatha” and are visited by thousands of tourists and locals every year.
The tour today concludes with a stop at The Galleria, a Twin Cities shopping destination offering the finest in fashion, beauty, home & dining. Located in Edina, MN, this is where luxury meets lifestyle.

Historic Saint Paul
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Price: $76.00
Lunch on your own at the Minnesota History Center 

Your day begins in St. Paul, Minnesota’s charming historic capital city. Magnificent Art Deco and Victorian reminders of the past nestle next to sleek skyscrapers, giving this Capital City an Old World charm. We will drive along Summit Avenue, one of the longest stretches of virtually uninterrupted Victorian architecture in the United States; some homes to note along Summit Avenue are the James J. Hill House, the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Governor’s Mansion.

We’ll visit the magnificent Cathedral of St. Paul. Modeled after St. Peter’s in Rome, it is one of the largest church buildings in North America, able to seat 4,000 people. Among its many points of interest are the 175-foot-high copper dome; the baldachin (canopy) over the altar with its six black-and-gold Portora marble columns; the bronze grille at the rear of the sanctuary; and the six chapels called the Shrine of Nations, in which stand statues of the patron saints of the nations whose people settled St. Paul, carved out of marble imported from those countries.

Next, we’ll stop at the James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue. James J. Hill, a.k.a. the “Empire Builder”, purchased a bankrupt railroad in St. Paul in the late 1800’s and masterminded its success by building the Great Northern Railway. When completed in 1891, the James J. Hill House was the largest and most expensive home in Minnesota. Its 36,000 square feet of space cost 1 million dollars to build. At Hill’s death in 1916, his personal fortune was estimated at 63 million.

Our last stop is at the Minnesota History Center, home to the Minnesota Historical Society established in 1849. The Center showcases and preserves the state’s historical resources. Museum exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops provide diverse and changing education and cultural offerings that tell the story of Minnesota’s people from earliest times to present.