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St. Paul


St. Paul in a nutshell

Saint Paulites are saying 'we told you so' a lot these days. And the rest of the country is listening. Back in 1883, Mark Twain said, Saint Paul is a wonderful city. It is put together in solid blocks of honest bricks and stone and has the air of intending to stay.' With its down-to-earth ways and cultural sophistication, ethnic diversity, historic traditions and numerous, newly constructed buildings, Saint Paul has a unique blend of past and present. Saint Paul is definitely here to stay.

Saint Paul has made a significant investment in its convention and tourism facilities, during the past several years, and continues to improve and update its hotels as well. In 2005, The Saint Paul Hotel and Embassy Suites Hotel-Saint Paul underwent extensive renovations. In 2006-07, both the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Paul Riverfront and the Hilton Garden Inn St. Paul Hotel, formerly Radisson properties, were renovated and sport new restau- rants.

Although it keeps its product fresh and updated, Saint Paul maintains its old-world feel with historic sites and structures. Visitors who appreciate history will enjoy The Saint Paul Hotel, built in 1910 in a turn-of-the century style; Summit Avenue, the nation's longest span of intact, residential Victorian homes including those of the famous railroad tycoon James J. Hill and author F. Scott Fitzgerald; the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Paul, whose dome rises 306.5 feet overlooking the downtown area; and of course, the State Capitol, perhaps the grandest of all the Twin Cities' sites. Saint Paul is often compared to the great European cities. With its stately, historical buildings and Victorian homes, a bustling Mississippi riverfront, picturesque parks and a wealth of cul- ture, Saint Paul is sophisticated, yet warm and welcoming.

Minneapolis/Saint Paul have been crowned as the 'Midwest's performance capital' with more than 30 theaters in operation. In fact, the Saint Paul Minneapolis area ranks second only to New York in the number of theater seats per capita. Saint Paul's Ordway Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of performances ranging from Broadway's best to cultural celebrations of song and dance. The nation's largest black professional the- ater company, Penumbra Theatre Company, continues to produce thought-provoking works from the African- American perspective, and will stage two August Wilson plays in 2008 Ð Gem of the Ocean and The Piano Lesson.

Now that the word is out about Saint Paul, more and more visitors are flocking to America's bright, new travel star. Whether they come to join in January's Saint Paul Winter Carnival fun, when temperatures dip to an aver- age of 11 degrees, or to bask in the sun when the average temperature hits 83 for summer's slate of cultural festivities. First-time visitors are amazed by the diversity and quality of places to go and sights to see in Saint Paul.

Part of the joy in visiting Saint Paul is the ease of getting here. Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, named the 'Best Large Airport in North America' by an international traveler survey and ranked among the top five air- ports worldwide for overall customer satisfaction, is less than a four-hour flight from any part of the United States and less than a 15-minute drive from downtown Saint Paul. If you're arriving by train, the Amtrak depot in Saint Paul's Midway area is ten minutes from downtown. Buses arrive from all over the country and the terminal is located near the State Capitol. Quality interstate highways make Saint Paul easily accessible by car, whether you're coming from the north, south, east or west.

Once you're here, you'll find affordable accommodations to fit your needs as well as your pocketbook. Most downtown Saint Paul hotels are connected by skyway to restaurants, retail and entertainment venues as well as to the RiverCentre convention facility, omitting the need to travel outdoors during inclement weather. Restaurants reflect the diversity of Saint Paul's 287,151 residents and the metro area's 2.6 million (53.7% of the state) residents representing nearly every culture, creed and ethnicity. Visit the Hispanic neighborhood of the West Side and the Hmong and Southeast Asian neighborhood in the University Avenue area for authentic spe- cialty cuisine.

St. Paul's Skyline behind the Mississipi River
St. Paul's Skyline behind the Mississipi River

Harriet Island Regional park across from Downtown Saint Paul
Harriet Island Regional park across from Downtown Saint Paul



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