GETTING AROUND

A lot has changed since 2001, the last time the “City of Lakes” hosted the NCAA Final Four – from our highly ranked airport, to our easy-to-use light rail, to the revamped Nicollet Mall (our downtown's 'Main Street') and the iconic U.S. Bank Stadium. This event has grown and changed, and so has Minneapolis.

The Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region is also a hotbed of basketball players and fans – with top players on teams at all levels, from youth, to high school to college and pro. We are ready to deliver an exceptional experience for visitors from around the state, region and country.

Minneapolis’ compact, urban footprint means visitors can walk - outside or through the unique Skyway System - or use public transportation to quickly get to any of the Final Four events. The downtown stadium location ensures fans will be surrounded by great hotels, shopping, food and nightlife. Check out these visitor resources for more information about where to stay, how to 'move like a local' and things to do during Final Four weekend.

U.S. Bank Stadium: 401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415

City of Minneapolis


Embracing a bold, new geographic identity in “The North,” Minneapolis is more than just cool winters and warm summers. If the Summer X Games and Super Bowl LII haven’t sparked your interest in this urban oasis, it’s about time to dig a little deeper. Beneath the seasonal snowfall and under the summer sun lies an avid sports scene, award-winning cuisine and the best park system in the country.

A Midwestern haven of natural beauty and worldly urban charm awaits you in Minneapolis. Comfortably situated along both banks of the Mississippi River, this sprawling city is more than enticing. With dazzling scenery, an embracing cultural landscape and a growing recognition as a global city, this dynamic metro area welcomes you. Join us in Minneapolis for the 2019 Final Four.

Visit Minneapolis.org for more about the city.

Minnehaha Falls Regional Park


One of the most photographed sites in Minnesota, Minnehaha Falls is an alluring contrast to the metropolitan landscape of Minneapolis. The 53-foot waterfall, flowing with life or peacefully suspended in ice, is a gorgeous sight in any season. Located on Minnehaha Creek near its junction with the Mississippi River, you can admire its striking view from above or below. Miles of trails follow the creek at the end of the falls, past stone bridges, sandy beaches and towering trees, making for an effortless and relaxing hike. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Minnehaha Historic District, Minnehaha Park is recognized for its significance in architecture, commerce, conservation, exploration, transportation and community planning and development.

Plan Your Visit
Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Waterfall, Minneapolis
Minneapolis Convention Center

Minneapolis Convention Center


With 475,000 square feet of exhibit space, 87 meeting rooms, and LEED ® Green Building Certification, the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) is the largest convention center in the Upper Midwest. Located just east of the well-known pedestrian hotbed, Nicollet, the MCC has undergone recent updates. Just over a mile away from U.S. Bank Stadium, the Convention Center is the perfect location for the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One and NABC Convention.

Minneapolis Convention Center

Stone Arch Bridge


The only arched bridge made of stone along the entire length of the Mississippi River, the Stone Arch Bridge is a beauty like no other. Formerly a working railroad bridge during the country’s industrial age, it is situated between and along the edges of Downtown and Northeast Minneapolis. Saint Anthony Falls, once a large natural waterfall that powered much of industrial Minneapolis, is now a series of locks and dams fluently flowing beneath. A view of the cityscape is striking along the bridge, with the Mill City Ruins and Guthrie Theater bringing up the forefront. On either end you will find an abundance of natural beauty unique for a large city on pathways following the river. Plenty of restaurant and entertainment selections line these streets, making time spent along the river an easy and enjoyable time.

Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis MN

City of Bloomington


Bloomington is located at the doorstep of Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) and is home of tax-free shopping at Mall of America®, which boasts 520+ stores, 50 award-winning restaurants and countless entertainment options. MSP serves more than 35 million travelers annually and ranks sixth in the nation for the number of direct markets served. Bloomington offers 40+ hotels, from luxury to economy, with over 9,000 hotel rooms, most with free parking and free airport/MOA® shuttle service.

The Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official marketing organization for the City of Bloomington and markets Bloomington, Minnesota, area attractions, and the surrounding communities to visitors around the world. The CVB works to contribute to the economic well-being of the city through leadership and innovation in the hospitality industry.

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City of Saint Paul


Perched on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Saint Paul is Minnesota’s capital city. With downtowns just 9 miles apart, Minneapolis and Saint Paul make up the Twin Cities but they aren’t exactly identical twins. Saint Paul boasts a storied gangster past (note: John Dillinger slept here) with iconic historical landmarks including the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Minnesota State Capitol and the Landmark Center. Today, Saint Paul is home to Wild hockey, Saints baseball, an award-winning dining scene and a laid-back personality. Go to VisitSaintPaul for more information on things to do in Saint Paul.

Explore Minnesota


Welcome to Minnesota!

From bustling downtowns to untouched wilderness, pine forest to bluff country, and historic landmarks to modern-day attractions, Minnesota is incredibly diverse. If you’re looking for arts and culture, you’ll find it here. Places to reconnect with family and friends? We’ve got those, too.

So what is it that makes this state so unique? Visit exploreminnesota.com to discover all the things that can be found only in Minnesota.

Shopping


Minnesota knows how to shop, and we’ll show you where! The first enclosed mall in the U.S. was Southdale in Edina. The country’s hippest discounter, Target, was founded in Minneapolis in 1962, and Mall of America is the largest indoor shopping and entertainment complex in the U.S. Add to that several outlet malls, antique shops, charming local boutiques and urban shopping districts, including Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis and Grand Avenue in St. Paul, and you’ve got a shopper’s paradise.

Go on a shopping spree

Mall of America shoppers
Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis

Entertainment


With the Guthrie Theater, Walker Art Center, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and many other stellar venues and groups, the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is arguably the premier arts center between the East and West coasts. Several outstanding community theaters, art galleries and art centers throughout the state feature regional, national and international artists. Music venues range from quaint cafes and coffee shops to large, well-established clubs and halls, playing jazz, blues, country, indie rock, hard rock and hip-hop.

See a show

Food & Drink


Minnesota’s dining scene is strong and growing stronger. Renowned chefs serve up an eclectic array of fare, from international cuisine to organic and locally sourced options. The state is also seeing huge growth in craft beer and spirits, and Minnesota wines continue to win awards at international competitions. Our drinking and eating guide features more than 1,500 restaurants throughout the state, as well as Minnesota breweries and wineries.

Eat up!

Kids crossing the Mississippi headwaters, Itasca State Park

Parks & Forests


Minnesota has one of the nation’s great, diverse state parks systems, with more than 227,000 acres in 76 parks and recreation areas and 1,030 miles of hiking trails. Voyageurs National Park on the Canadian border is uniquely accessible only by boat. Minnesota is also home to the Chippewa and Superior national forests, the renowned Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and vast opportunities for camping, fishing and boating statewide.

Explore the outdoors

Greater MSP


The Minneapolis-Saint Paul region is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies, a vibrant start-up scene and numerous mid-sized businesses and non-profits. It is leading the world in solving many of the challenges of the 21st century – specifically in the areas of safe and abundant food, clean water and health solutions. Find out more about why businesses and people prosper in Greater MSP at greatermsp.org

For talented workers, the region offers many opportunities to excel. Job opportunities abound in the region that provides an outstanding quality-of-life, affordable housing options, short commute times, and strong educational opportunities. Artists, entrepreneurs and corporate employees can build strong careers here. Learn more about opportunities to live, work and play in the Greater MSP region at makeitmsp.org

U.S. Bank Stadium


This home of the Minnesota Vikings, in the heart of Minneapolis, opened its doors in July 2017. The $1.06 billion stadium is the first ever to be built with LED sports lighting and features local vendors while its fixed-roof allows for an outdoor feel within the indoor stadium. Other major environmental initiatives aim to reduce the stadium’s carbon footprint in all areas of operations. As the site of the ESPN Summer X Games, Super Bowl LII, the 2019 NCAA Final Four and Reese’s Final Four Friday, U.S. Bank Stadium is more than just a multi-purpose stadium, but an “epicenter of excitement, opportunity” and growth.

U.S. Bank Stadium