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St. Anthony Falls

Explore the historic district and heritage trails that surround the thundering waterfall that powered the fledgling city of Minneapolis.

St. Anthony Falls marks the birthplace of Minneapolis and its natural power helped to shape the city into the exciting capital it is today. As the Upper Mississippi River’s only natural major waterfall, St. Anthony Falls provided the early settlement with economic influence as a hub for milling operations. Explore the St. Anthony Falls Historic District to learn about the city’s past. History will unfold before you as you stroll along the self-guided walking trail that loops around the spectacular waterfall.

A good place to begin is at the visitor center that anchors the historic district. Check out the exhibits and peruse the trail map. Find out about Father Hennepin, who named the falls in 1680, and the settlers who flocked to the falls between the 1700s and 1800s to see its beauty. One by one, lumber and flour mills began to pop up around the waterfall and two settlements, Minneapolis and St. Anthony Falls, were founded. Between 1880 and 1930, Minneapolis was known as one of the world’s key flour-milling hubs.

Explore the historical landmarks along the 1.8-mile (2.9-kilometer) interpretive trail. Informative signposts explain the role of the ruins and structures that you’ll come across along your walk. See the historic Stone Arch Bridge, as well as the Upper St. Anthony Falls Dam and the Lower St. Anthony Falls Dam. Stroll through the Mill District to see the spectacular ruins of the Washburn A. Mill, which now contains the Mill City Museum.

The best views of the falls can be seen from the Stone Arch Bridge and Water Power Park, which has a collection of waterfront walking trails and bike tracks.

St. Anthony Falls is the backbone of Minneapolis and is situated to the northeast of downtown. The historic district is easy to reach via the local bus system and the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. The falls and many of its surrounding attractions are free to visit at any time. While in the area, check out the Pillsbury Park, Father Hennepin Bluff Park, First Bridge Park and Boom Island Park.


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Hilton Minneapolis C$154
Hilton Minneapolis

Hilton Minneapolis

1001 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is steps from Minnesota Orchestra Hall and Nicollet Mall. Minneapolis Convention Center and Orpheum Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Nicollet Mall Station is 9 minutes by foot and Warehouse - Hennepin Station is 11 minutes.

    Radisson RED Minneapolis C$117
    Radisson RED Minneapolis

    Radisson RED Minneapolis

    609 3rd Street South, Minneapolis, MN
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mill Ruins Park, U.S. Bank Stadium, and Guthrie Theater. Target Field and Minneapolis Convention Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Metrodome Station is only a 5-minute walk and Government Plaza Station is 9 minutes.

      Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown C$154
      Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

      Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

      35 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this luxury hotel is steps from Nicollet Mall and Skyway Theatre. State Theatre and Orpheum Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Warehouse - Hennepin Station and Nicollet Mall Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites C$132
        Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites

        Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites

        405 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nicollet Mall and State Theatre. Minneapolis Convention Center and Mill Ruins Park are also within 15 minutes. Metrodome Station is 9 minutes by foot and Nicollet Mall Station is 11 minutes.

          Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown C$148
          Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown

          Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown

          425 7th Street South, Minneapolis, MN
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Minneapolis Convention Center, U.S. Bank Stadium, and Orpheum Theatre. Mill City Museum and Target Center are also within 15 minutes. Metrodome Station is 8 minutes by foot and Nicollet Mall Station is 10 minutes.

            Millennium Minneapolis C$124
            Millennium Minneapolis

            Millennium Minneapolis

            1313 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nicollet Mall and Minneapolis Convention Center. Basilica of Saint Mary and Orpheum Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Nicollet Mall Station is 13 minutes by foot and Warehouse - Hennepin Station is 15 minutes.

              AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown C$151
              AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown

              AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown

              401 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nicollet Mall and Skyway Theatre. Target Center and Target Field are also within 10 minutes. Warehouse - Hennepin Station is only a 2-minute walk and Nicollet Mall Station is 4 minutes.

                The Westin Minneapolis C$208
                The Westin Minneapolis

                The Westin Minneapolis

                88 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nicollet Mall, Target Center, and Target Field. Skyway Theatre and State Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Nicollet Mall Station and Warehouse - Hennepin Station are within a 5-minute walk.