St. Paul Travel Guide

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King Tut Has Arrived in The Twin Cities

Where: 120 Kellogg Blvd W [map], St. Paul, MN, United States, 55102
February 22, 2011 at 3:26 PM | by | ()

It might not be the most practical layover destination from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, but if you’re visiting the Twin Cities it might as well be on your itinerary this summer. King Tut and plenty of his ancient goodies have made their way to the Science Museum of Minnesota, and plenty of history will be on display through the beginning of September.

The museum welcomes one and all to enter the golden world of the pharaohs, as the exhibit opened up over the weekend. There’s more than 100 different artifacts from thousands of years past including plenty of goodies from King Tut. Golden sandals as well as 10-foot statue are just some of the items on display during this exhibition.

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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Minneapolis-St. Paul

July 28, 2010 at 10:04 AM | by | ()

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, Terminal 1:

· Waking For Bacon:
For some reason we really enjoy breakfast at the airport, and it’s not just because there it’s more socially acceptable to drink a Blood Mary at 5:30am on a Tuesday. We’ve had our share of costly bacon and eggs, but one of our favorites is at French Meadow Bakery Café. Grab a seat facing airport traffic so you can watch people run to their gates and reunite with long lost business associates. Most of their options here are organic, so you can feel a little bit better about downing that order of eggs benedict.

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Possible Presidents Travel: Drill, Baby, Drill!

September 4, 2008 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

Whether they were captivated by her energy independence plan or fixated on the way her daughter played with the baby's hair, everyone's talking about Sarah Palin's speech at the Republican National Convention last night.

It was the Alaskan governor's first real outing on the national stage and after the furor, tonight's address by John McCain is feeling downright anticlimactic. Today's theme is "Peace: A safer and more secure America," and we're hoping the absence of speaker details on the GOP website doesn't suggest the party attitude towards that topic.

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Possible Presidents Travel: RNC Chill

September 3, 2008 at 4:20 PM | by | ()

The Grand Old Party's still raging in Minneapolis today as the nation prepares for Governor Sarah Palin's speech to the delegates tonight. Former presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani are also scheduled to speak on the night's topic, "Reform: Washington is broken and the original maverick will fix it." (They mean John McCain, people!)

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Possible Presidents Travel: Minnesota, Pregnant with Anticipation

September 2, 2008 at 4:33 PM | by | ()

Hurricane Gustav put a damper on the first day of the Republican National Convention--and speeches from Cindy McCain and Laura Bush. But the show must go on, and tonight brings former presidential candidate Fred Thompson and former Democrat Joe Lieberman to the stage. Meanwhile John McCain is defending his campaign team's vetting of Sarah Palin after this weekend brought news that the Alaska governor's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

After meeting with firefighters in Philadelphia today, the presumptive Republican nominee will make his way to Minneapolis-St. Paul to accept his party's nomination. After the RNC wraps on September 4, he, his wife and Governor Palin will set off on a "Road to Victory" starting in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama told his staff to lay off Palin's daughter as he stumped in Monroe, Michigan yesterday. The newly nominated candidate plans to spend the rest of the week in Chicago planning future campaign stops. But just because his team isn't poking fun at the Palins doesn't mean a certain comedienne is laying off.

Related Stories:
· Possible Presidents Travel: McCain Picks Alaska Governor Sarah Palin [Jaunted]
· Most Missed In Minneapolis: Get This Grand Old Party Started [Jaunted]
· Possible Presidents coverage [Jaunted]

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Fourth of July Travel: St. Paul Rodeo

June 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

If you're looking for something a little different than fireworks this Independence Day, then look no further than Oregon. The 73rd annual St. Paul Rodeo is riding into town July 2. In addition to the usual rodeo festivities, there's a Western showcase featuring artisans selling jewelry, paintings, home goods and clothing.

If you come hungry, or are just a great backyard chef, July 5 offers a BBQ cook-off. The judges are looking for creativity, a fun team name and, of course, melt-in-your-mouth ribs. Prizes up for grabs are tickets to the rodeo, trophies, bragging rights and a trip around the rodeo ring as champion.

The cheap seats start at $12 each night. And, yes, even though they aren't the main attraction, there will be fireworks every night.

Related Stories:
· St. Paul Rodeo [Official Site]
· Fourth of July coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: ReneS]

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WiFi Wednesday: MSP Is Free, Sort Of

Where: 4300 Glumack Drive [map], St. Paul, MN, United States
April 18, 2007 at 11:09 AM | by | ()

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, a major NWA hub, may have recently declared its space free and fair ground for travelers returning home with duty free booze, but internerds at MSP are not in quite as much luck. They're still stuck with standard-issue pay-to-play WiFi in most areas of the terminals. According to TravelPost, it's either Bongo or Concourse service, which means daily rates of $6.95-$7.95.

That pales in comparison to the worst of hotel WiFi rip-offs, but it's hardly as sexy as the free stuff, of course. While MSP won't be giving it up for free anytime soon, you can skirt the rules by leeching off of one of two Northwest Airlines clubs at the airport. There's one in concourse C and another in the F/G area (see map with key here).

[Photo: s4xton]

Related Stories:
· MSP Airport [Official Site]
· Duty Free Drinks OK in MSP Cabs [Jaunted]

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Duty Free Drinks OK in MSP Cabs

Where: 4300 Glumack Drive [map], St. Paul, MN, United States
April 17, 2007 at 12:27 PM | by | ()

Lushes of MSP, be free! Remember the controversy over Muslim cab drivers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport who refused to pick up passengers carrying duty free booze? The kerfuffle has been rectified, and the cabbies are now required to transport liquor-toting travelers. Failure to do so results in a 30-day cab license suspension for a first offense. You might not think that MSP is a hot spot for such shopping, but as a hub for Northwest Airlines, it sees many international arrivals from places where the trade is hot. Now, the conflict wasn't that hard to get around for anyone who could just stuff their bottles in some opaque luggage, but if you worried you can now rest easy. Unless you're in steerage on NWA, in which case you probably will not be resting all that much.

[Photo: willposh]

Related Stories:
· Minnesota's Muslim cab drivers face crackdown [Reuters]

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Movie Set Travel: A Prairie Home Companion

June 8, 2006 at 11:58 PM | by | ()

Lindsay Lohan and Meryl Streep grace the big screen today in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion. A glimpse into what goes on behind-the-scenes at the last broadcast of one of America's most beloved radio shows, the film is Lohan's 'dramatic acting' debut, so look out for the moment Lola Johnson snakes onstage. Woody Harrelson and Tommy Lee Jones play cowboy singers Dusty and Lefty, which promises some hilarity, as long as Woody doesn't start to talk about hemp pants.

As much of the film was shot in and around St.Paul, Minneso(oooh)ta, we offer you a glimpse into some cool things to do in the area.

Where To Drink:
The Lobby Bar
Looking for the place to be seen in St. Paul? Head to The Lobby Bar inside the Hotel St. Paul, which opened last year. You'll swill martinis amongst the city's luscious Lutherans, while you prop yourself up on the granite bartop. Afterwards head for a walk in Rice Park, just across the street.

Where To Shop:
Mall of America
You may pretend to scoff at the enormity and USA-edness of it, until you hit up Armani, Jack Spade, Kid Robot and Marc Jacobs. Then wait until you get home and see what great deals you got. This is it: The shopper's paradise with climate-control. We're so sure Lohan hit this up between takes.

Where To Stroll:
Grand Avenue
Grand Ave is the go-to for the locals and features some of the city's best restaurants and boutiques. Stop at the corner of Grand and Snelling to check out the aroma and deliciousness at Breadsmiths.