Minneapolis Saint Paul Metro Visitors Association Offers Complimentary Tours to RNC Media

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Explore Rich Story Angles of the Area through an Insider's View and Expert Sources.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Metro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today 10 complimentary media tours for credentialed media arriving to cover the 2008 Republican National Convention. The tours will offer print, broadcast and online media an insider's view of the Minneapolis Saint Paul area. Tour itineraries, beauty shot lists, interactive maps and more information are available on http://www.mspnewsroom.com.

All Things Minneapolis Saint Paul
Two cities. One Destination.
Saturday, Aug. 30, 10:30 am and 1:55 pm from Mall of America
Departure Point: Mall of America
This is a "best of" tour highlighting all the best Minneapolis Saint Paul has to offer. An overall tour that shows the lay of the land, major icons and a brief historical tour that is full of surprises, hidden nooks and insider information.

Minneapolis Arts Explosion/ Design City
Explore Minneapolis Saint Paul varied arts & culture scene
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2-6pm
Departure Point: Guthrie Theater
Recently, Minneapolis experienced unprecedented growth in our already rich cultural landscape. The infusion of $500 million dollars of new arts infrastructure created an arts boom that few communities ever experience. Commentary will be provided by a nationally-known architectural expert and Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Design and Architecture.

Farm to Table
Minneapolis Saint Paul and its "Culture of Cuisine"
Sunday, Aug. 31, 9am-2pm
James Beard Award nominees, national award-winning wines, a surprising food variety mixed with traditional Scandanavian favorites. Minneapolis Saint Paul’s culture of cuisine is authentic. It's real. It's locally grown and globally inspired. Discover the area’s farm-to-table food culture in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley, known for its abundance of organic and local producers and practice of taking what's fresh, what's available and bringing it to the restaurant table.

Let Us Take You to Funkytown
Minneapolis makes its own kind of music
Saturday, Aug. 30, 1:15-6pm
Departure Point: Guthrie Theater
Ever since Bob Dylan broke onto the folk-rock scene, Minneapolis Saint Paul clubs have nurtured some of the world's most respected artists and a burgeoning nightlife scene. Rock out with Steven Greenberg (who penned that disco favorite, "Funkytown") as you discover the famous venues responsible for the "Minneapolis Sound," including Prince, Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Semisonic.

Go Green (and Blue)
Cities of Parks and Lakes
Saturday, Aug. 30, 1:15-6pm
Minneapolis is an urban forest. Lush green spaces and blue lakes in Minneapolis Saint Paul—with 929 metro area lakes, 170+ parks in Minneapolis alone and the Mississippi River running through both cities, it doesn't get much greener than this. On this bus and boat tour, experience our urban forest, an unexpected abundance of parks, lakes and natural spaces, where we place a high value on the landscape we enjoy.

A Tour You Can't Refuse
Minneapolis Saint Paul Gangster tour
Saturday, Aug. 30, Nonn-2pm & Wednesday, Sept. 3, 4pm-6pm
1930’s Minneapolis Saint Paul: slot machines were king and the racketeers were busy. Explore the sites of nightclubs, kidnappings, and gun battles associated with gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson. See for yourself where the gangsters lived it up as they planned and executed some of the most notorious crimes ever perpetrated in the upper Midwest.

Politically Correct
A short but interesting history of Minnesota politics
Sunday, Aug. 31 – Noon-2pm
This tour covers Minnesota's politicians whether they were Republicans, Democrats, Independents, or anything in between. Hear about the scandals, blunders, mishaps, and successes within our State government. Learn about the 1892 convention held in the Minneapolis Saint Paul area.

Additional Tours
Segway Magical History Tours
Be transported back in time on Segways from a riverfront location in St. Anthony Main. Join the Magical History Tour™ where you can enjoy the rich history of the Minneapolis Riverfront area from 10,000 BC to the present as you glide effortlessly along with an expert guide.

Heritage Trail Tours
Visitors to the St. Anthony Heritage Trail today are invited to take a walking tour around this historic district. Throughout the walk, visitors will find several places to stop and explore.

St. Paul Walking Tour
Just a few blocks from the Xcel Energy Center is the longest stretch of preserved Victorian homes in the U.S., Summit Avenue is full of history, grand mansions, the historic cathedral, and famous residents. It's also one of St. Paul's most fashionable neighborhoods, with many chic salons, interesting stores, and an eclectic mix of eateries.

Preregistration is required for tours. To register email Meet Minneapolis Public Relations at pr@meetminneapolis.com. For more information on RNC media tour itineraries as well as area events, attractions and arts & culture activities, interactive maps, b-roll and photos on Minneapolis Saint Paul visit http://www.mspnewsroom.com

Registration deadline is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30.

Media Contacts: Connie Stelter, Meet Minneapolis, 612.767.8042, 651.278.8078 c
             connies @ meetminneapolis.com

             Gayle Junnila, Explore Minnesota Tourism, 651.296.5205
             Gayle.Junnila @ state.mn.us


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