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Downtown travel guide 
By chiefsnwu on Aug 20, 2014 08:51 AM
Downtown travel guide

Downtown is a district in Minneapolis. It is sprinkled with architecturally interesting skyscrapers, most of which are interconnected, mainly on the second level above the street level, by a growing web of Skyways, now approaching eight miles in total length. Nicollet Mall is the main semi pedestrianized shopping street in downtown Minneapolis.

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The Hiawatha Line runs along 5th Street and links Downtown Minneapolis with parts of South Minneapolis, the airport, and officialauthenticjaguars.com/authentic-blake-bortles-jersey.html the Mall of America in Bloomington. This is probably the easiest way to get into Downtown if you are coming from those areas.

By commuter rail[edit]

The Northstar Line runs from the northwest suburbs and terminates in Downtown Minneapolis at Target Field Station, which is also a transfer point to the light rail. However, service hours are limited and geared more towards weekday commuters than average visitors. Trains mostly run inbound during weekday mornings and outbound during weekday afternoons. There is also some limited service on weekends and special service timed around Twins and Vikings games.

By bus[edit]

Numerous buses serve Downtown Minneapolis, far too many to name individually. Local buses from Southwest or Northeast Minneapolis generally run along Hennepin Avenue or Nicollet Mall (a pedestrian/transit mall). Buses from the University of Minnesota and Saint Paul mostly run along 4th Street. Buses from North and South Minneapolis are less predictable, and may run along 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th Streets depending on the route and the direction it is traveling in.

Although most of the city's grid is along a strict north south/east west layout, the area near downtown on both sides of the river lies at an angle to the rest of the city's grid to better align with the river. Here streets run parallel to the river, and avenues run perpendicular (except for Washington Avenue, which parallels the river like the numbered streets). Washington Avenue divides the streets into N and S and the numbers count up in both directions from there, Hennepin Avenue divides the avenues into N and S and the numbers count up in both directions from there. Due to the bend in the river which orients the streets, nothing is actually north or south, one really needs to look at a map to understand the logic.

Much of downtown uses a series of Skyways, [1] to connect downtown shops and businesses. Navigating the skyway system can be confusing since one often has to take a curcuitous route to reach their destination. However, it's often a welcome alternative to walking outside in Minneapolis' harsh winter cold. For example, one could walk from the Convention Center in Minneapolis to Washington Avenue (a block before the Mississippi) without going outside, and without stopping at a pedestrian traffic light. Interstate 394 feeds into heated parking garages, so that officialauthenticjaguars.com/authentic-marqise-lee-jersey.html a Wayzatan suburbanite could enter her vehicle, drive the length of 394 to the heated lot, go to work, shop at Target or Neiman Marcus, see a movie, have dinner, and return home all without having to wear a coat or change clothes, even in 20 below weather.

If Blake Bortles Youth Jersey you get tired of walking, Metro Transit buses are only $0.50 per ride within the Downtown Zone; keep in mind that no transfers are issued when paying the downtown fare. You can also ride a light rail train between Target Field and Downtown East/Metrodome stations for this same fare. In addition, certain buses on the Nicollet Mall are marked "Free Ride"; specifically, they are the northbound Route 18 and southbound Route 10 buses. You can board these buses without paying a fare.
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