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Want to Know them Better Than a Local? Tour the Tremendous Twin Cities

, , | March 27, 2023

Minneapolis/St. Paul is one of the most interesting and beautiful metro areas in the county. If you are visiting the Twin Cities for the first time, hosting out-of-town guests, or looking for a unique and interesting corporate outing, a guided tour is an excellent way to get to know the Twin Cities.  With the in-depth knowledge offered by our experts, even locals may be surprised to learn about all the hidden gems our cities provide.  From beautiful parks, with scenic waterfalls and hiking trails, to our growing craft brewery scene, art and culture in our museums and theaters, to our hometown sports teams, Minneapolis/St. Paul offers a stunning variety of activities and attractions to learn more about on one of our guided tours.  The professionals at Executive Transportation are ready to help introduce you to our hometown or to help deepen your understanding of the local history and culture.

Before you embark on one of our tours, you have the opportunity to let us know about some of your interests so the tour experience can be tailored to your group and ensure you get the most out of your visit.  By creating a customized tour, we can be sure that you and your guests will have a great experience.

Experienced Guides

We partner with an experienced tour operator that has a unique understanding of all things Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Rarely will you find a tour operator that has a street-by-street knowledge of the cities’ attractions, destinations, and history. Take advantage of their intimate familiarity and passion for their hometown with a guided tour with Executive Transportation.

Minnehaha Falls, part of the extensive Minneapolis Park System

Twin Cities Park System

Minneapolis has a unique and robust city park system that ranks in the top 5 in the nation.  The city was designed so that each resident lives within a half-mile (or six blocks) of a beautiful park for relaxation and recreation.  With gems such as Minnehaha State Park and Chain of Lakes State Park, you will get to experience for yourself the natural beauty that the Twin Cities have to offer. Our guides can provide you with an immersive experience that includes a historical outline of how and why the parks system was created and how our park system, which was created in the 1910s continues to flourish and is the envy of major metropolitan cities around the world.

Weisman Art Museum, one of the unique and iconic architectural gems in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area

Minneapolis Architecture

Unique architectural designs thrive throughout the Twin Cities.  From classic farmhouse architecture to groundbreaking Scandinavian-inspired designs, you will find a myriad of different styles and buildings representing different architectural schools throughout the Twin Cities. Famous architects like Cass Gilbert, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Eero Saarinen created iconic buildings that you can still view to this day.  For architectural enthusiasts, there are several buildings of note including the Lumber Exchange Building, the Basilica of St. Mary, the American Swedish Institute, and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum just to name a few. Get an in-depth perspective on these architectural gems from our professional guides.

First Avenue - the nationally recognized music venue founded in the 1970s in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Art and Culture Tours

Minneapolis has a number of museums dedicated to our industrial and artistic heritage like the Mill City Museum which details the city’s history as the flour-producing hub of the Midwest. Our commitment to art is on display at the many art museums in town, like the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Weisman Art Museum. Of course, there is also the iconic Cherry and Spoon sculpture, which resides in the heart of the Sculpture Garden just outside Walker Art Center.

With more theaters per capita than New York, the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area is also  an amazing place to take in a live show. Learn more about the Hennepin  Theater District, and the efforts it makes to support locally produced shows and bring in national productions.

An amazing art scene wouldn’t be complete without a strong music component. Several famous musicians and bands have had their start here (Bob Dylan and Prince are just the start of the list). An amazing array of venues continue to host performances nightly, from the legendary First Avenue to smaller, more intimate acoustic rooms.

If arts are a major interest for you, let us know and we’ll be sure to highlight some little known history and hidden gems of the art scene along the way.

Twin Cities Mob Tours

Our tours can also give you an insider’s perspective on the hidden history of the Twin Cities. St. Paul, in particular, became famous as a haven for gangsters between 1900 and the late 1930s.  Legendary criminals such as John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly, and the Barker Gang all spent time in the Twin Cities.  Our guides can take you through the mob hangouts, sights, and scenes of the crime from some of the most iconic criminals in American history. You’ll learn all about the “O’Connor Layover Agreement” created by the St. Paul police chief, and have a chance to see the site of one of the most famous speakeasies of the 1920s at the Wabash Street Caves.

The Twin Cities Food and Beverage Experience

Minneapolis/St. Paul has a thriving food and beverage scene. You’ll find exciting restaurants from some of the country’s top chefs and one of the finest collections of craft breweries around. If you’re interested, we can even arrange special brewery tours complete with tastings. Let us put our insider knowledge to work for you and help curate a tour of the city’s most well-regarded breweries, including curating your experience to deliver a beer tour that is created to fit your palate. Minnesota may not be the first state you think of when it comes to fine wines, but the University of Minnesota is one of the world’s foremost authorities on cold-weather viticulture. Discover your new favorite wines with a vineyard tour from Executive Transportation. Get behind-the-scenes access to the vineyards and winemakers for a tour that you will never forget.

An Immersive Twin Cities Experience

If you are visiting the Twin Cities and you are looking for a guided tour that is a cut above the rest contact us to learn more about our guided tours.  No matter where your interests lie, our tour guides can help design the perfect Minneapolis and St. Paul experience for you. We can’t wait to hear from you.