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A progressive city with an impressive roster of art museums, Minneapolis is a fascinating destination all year round, where the friendly local attitude is as famous as the landmarks. From the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and its extensive collection of more than 80,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of world history, to the impressive Weisman Art Museum, there is plenty of culture to soak up. Meanwhile for thrill-seekers, the Valleyfair amusement park is the perfect day out, with more than 75 rides and attractions guaranteed to make you scream.
With access to a hire car, you will be able fully explore this diverse city, as well as venture into the surrounding areas, following the Mississippi river as it snakes through the diverse and captivating landscapes of the state of Minnesota.
Fly into Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport and from there it’s just a 15-minute drive into the centre of the city down the I-35W.
Once you have the keys to your hire car, you can easily explore beyond the city to the surrounding area. The city of Minnetonka is only a 20-minute drive away, where you can sun yourself on Shady Oak Beach or take a stroll through Lone Lake Park, where you can fish, bike and picnic in the peace of nature. Maple Grove is also only a half-hour drive away, the unlikely home of an exquisite Hindu temple adorned with hundreds of intricate carvings, constructed using the architectural principles of Vaastu Shastra – the Indian science of building construction, designed to bring health, wealth and peace to the inhabitants.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Minneapolis to suit every budget and requirement, from Alamo and Dollar to Hertz and Avis.
Known for its thriving art scene, there is plenty to satisfy your cultural curiosity in Minneapolis, such as the city’s sculpture garden – 11 acres of installations including Spoonbridge & Cherry by Claes Oldenburg, one of the city’s most Instagrammed landmarks. The striking Walker Art Centre is also home to a range of significant works of contemporary art from notable artists including Edward Hopper, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol, while the Weisman Art Museum is also worth a visit, if only to marvel at the incredible building it’s housed in, designed by architect Frank Gehry.
Beyond Minneapolis, your hire car can help you venture to the nearby city of Bloomington (a 15-minute drive), where you can get acquainted with the inhabitants of the Sea Life Aquarium or explore the sprawling Mall of America – four levels of shops, restaurants and cinemas, as well as an indoor theme park boasting 30 rides. The sleepy town of Woodbury is also just a 30-minute drive away, where you can try your hand at a Ninja Warrior style assault course or explore the Lake Elmo Park Reserve, with opportunities for camping, boating and horse riding.
Driving in Minneapolis, like much of America, is largely straightforward, with wide lanes and simple road layouts. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road and you can overtake on both sides. You can also perform a U-turn at the end of most junctions – it will be marked if you are not allowed to do so.
Most American cars are automatic, so remember to request a stick shift if you would prefer one.
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