Explore St. Paul
St. Paul HotelsStroll along the banks of the intrepid Mississippi River as it carves its way through the heart of the city, discover urban bars and chic cafés that spill out onto the pavement, and discover the history of science and nature at a collection of impressive museums that hide in the city streets. St. Paul is a sprawling conurbation, where ethnic restaurants and buzzing commercial districts give way to exciting sporting arenas and vast tracts of recreation ground, and crowded streets teem with shoppers heading along designer boulevards.Things to seeFrom the outside, the curved glass walls of the Xcel Energy Center belie the true size of this behemoth building. Inside, it’s cavernous and impressive, housing an enormous ice hockey rink that has seen more championship games than it has seats in the auditorium. When it’s not a frigid ice-box, and the players have abandoned the rink, it’s used as an exciting auditorium for international music sensations, and everyone from Madonna to Maroon 5 have played on its stage. The Minnesota State Fairgrounds sits just outside St. Paul, midway to the cosmopolitan city of Minneapolis. It’s an impressive expanse of ground and the State Fair that’s held here only lasts for 12 days a year, bringing together the best exhibitionists in talent contests and pageants, horticultural expertise, and musical extravaganzas. Over 1.5 million people pass through its doors every year, filling its street and avenues as they surge towards each event. On the winding banks of the Mississippi River, the Science Museum of Minnesota delights with exhibits of prehistoric fossils and bones of a long-dead triceratops. You can play an unusual round of mini-golf to learn about the effects of erosion, and renewable energy, or discover the workings of the human intestinal tract.Hotels in
St. PaulDowntown St. Paul offers a great choice of accommodation, with a wide choice of hotels and hostels located in its bustling streets. Luxury hotels in St. Paul sit close to the banks of the Mississippi River, high –rise structures with mirrored glass fronts, elegant décor, and sophisticated technology in each of their guest rooms. Mid budget hotels can be found here too, sidled amongst modern business centers and renovated warehouse apartment blocks. You don’t have to overspend to get a great bed for the night in this city, especially if you’re prepared to head a little further outside its center. Away from the vibrant heart of St. Paul, discount hotels offer modern bedrooms, private bathrooms, wall to wall carpets, flat-screen televisions, and WiFi.Where to stayThe eclectic streets of Downtown St. Paul are a blend of old fashioned elegance, and modern demand. Next to the lofty skyscrapers of its business buildings, where high-powered boardroom meetings are conducted in front of impressive city views, gothic inspired civic buildings like the Landmark Center show off the city’s heritage in a flourish of red tiled, turreted rooftops, and striking clock spires. Hotels in St. Paul overlook the leafy plaza of North Street Market, and medieval churches stand proudly next to 50s diners.How to get to St. PaulSt. Paul is served by the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, where the Mississippi meets the gentler flow of the Minnesota River. From there, trains will bring you in the center of town, while a variety of fast flowing interstate roads make travel into the city relatively quick. Hire cars are a good choice in St. Paul because it’s relatively easy to navigate, and with plenty of parking at most attractions, it offers the convenience of independent sightseeing too.