EWRI Congress 2018 is going to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Did you know that Minnesota has more that 90,000 miles of shoreline, which is more than Hawaii, California and Florida combined!
Minneapolis is the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban sophistication. No other city has a chain of lakes, the mighty Mississippi and 200 miles of walking, biking and cross country ski trails within the city limits literally steps from the most vibrant arts and music scene outside NYC, the best shopping in the region and museums among the finest in the nation. From ski hills to shopping malls, Muskie to Monet, biking to Beef Bourguignon, Minneapolis is the American city where natural and urban drama share a single stage.
Here is a quick guide to the top 10 icons that represent the city’s diverse offerings:
This has been Minneapolis’ signature sculpture since its completion by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen in 1988. The spoon tips the scale at 5,800 pounds and the cherry weighs 1,200 pounds! The 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where the Spoonbridge and Cherry reside, is one of the largest of its kind and includes more than 40 works of art. It’s also just across the street from the renowned Walker Art Center.
Featured in “Purple Rain,” this Minneapolis classic is still one of the hottest clubs in town. Stop in and rock out to musical stylings from major national acts and local emerging artists. It was named number five in the ClubTop100 Worldwide Rankings by Pollstar, January 2013, and third best large music club by Rolling Stone, April 2013.
Housed in a striking stainless steel building, the Frank Gehrydesigned Weisman is a unique museum experience. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, its collection features early 20th-century American artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Alfred Maurer and Marsden Hartley.
Part of the Chain of Lakes, Lake Calhoun is a popular site for windsurfing, swimming, sailing and canoeing. More than three miles of trails for walking, jogging, biking and in-line skating encircle the lake with the unique Minneapolis skyline as its urban backdrop. The popular lake is also part of th e 52-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Lake Calhoun is also known by its Dakotan name Bde Maka Ska.
Enjoy the roaring St. Anthony Falls with a stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge – the only one of its kind to span the Mississippi River. As part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail, this pedestrian crossing is the oldest mainline railroad bridge in the Northwest. Chronicling Minneapolis’ milling history are the nearby Mill Ruins Park and Mill City Museum.
This two-story retail hot spot lies in the heart of downtown action, just down the street from Target Corporation’s world headquarters. With a unique escalator for shopping carts, this flagship retail experience shouldn’t be missed.