Minneapolis has natural resources that make it stand out among American cities, including the only natural waterfall on the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls. There is a second 53-foot waterfall in the city’s limits, Minnehaha Falls, along with 22 lakes and 180 parks.

The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway is the perfect path to explore the Minneapolis lakes and park system on bike or foot. This 51-mile trail system circles the city and connects the riverfront to the Chain of Lakes,  which includes Bde Maka Ska, the biggest lake in Minneapolis, via the Midtown Greenway. The paved trails are available year-round.

The Mississippi riverfront in downtown includes the mill district, where nature and Minneapolis’ milling history intersect. From the 1880s to the 1930s, Minneapolis was the Milling Capital of the World. Learn about several abandoned flour mills in Mill Ruins Park, located along the Mississippi River, or the city’s Mill City Museum.

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