If you’re like me, walking is the way you love to explore and experience the ebb and flow of a city. To get a feel for how it works and plays, and catch glimpses of history and ideas for further exploration.

Here are three walks you can take in the heart of downtown Minneapolis to satisfy your inner-urban-hiker.

1) Walk the skyways

Downtown Minneapolis skyways are unique in that there are over 11 miles of these climate-controlled corridors connecting a variety of businesses and buildings. The “above-street-level” passagways enable people to walk from building to building without having to dodge traffic or wait for walk signals.

2) Wander down Nicollet Mall

Nicollet Mall is pedestrian and transit mall consisting of 12 continuous blocks of shops and restaurants that runs through the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Take in a few shops and then stop at Brit’s Pub for a pint in its cozy bar and restaurant. Or head up to the “rooftop lawn” (weather permitting) for a round of lawn bowling.

3) Walk along the Mississippi River

 Yep, “The Mighty Mississippi” runs right through Minneapolis. Harnessing the power of St. Anthony Falls, located on the northeast edge of downtown, is how Minneapolis became the flour mill capital of the world. Which also explains how it became known by its nickname “Mill City.”

Stroll the tranquil, tree-lined walking path that runs alongside the river, and you’ll pass iconic Minneapolis landmarks such as the 50′ x 40′ neon Grain Belt Beer sign, The Guthrie Theater, The Mill City Museum, The Stone Arch Bridge, and of course, St Anthony Falls.

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