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Best Places to Walk and Bike in the Twin Cities

August 9, 2012
Twin Cities Biking and Hiking Trails

Courtesy: Three Rivers Park District / Coon Rapids Dam

What to do in the Twin Cities: Best Trails

The Twin Cities-area is home to countless miles of biking and hiking trails. Whether you’re looking for a demanding hike in the forest, a leisurely walk through a gorgeous park or a great place to ride your bike and experience nature – our trails are a great way to explore the area when you’re traveling to the Twin Cities.

Bike or Hike in the Twin Cities

Elm Creek Park Reserve is within minutes of the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. Elm Creek features nearly 13 miles of hiking and biking trails in the Northwest Metro and is home to a variety of wildlife. Packing your walking shoes or hiking boots when you visit the Twin Cities and you could see eagles, sandhill cranes, deer, bluebirds, beavers, loons, Trumpeter Swans and hawks. In the spring, summer and fall you can choose between paved trails for biking and hiking or unpaved trails just for hiking. In the winter, cross country ski or snow tube down some amazing trails!

The Rush Creek Regional Trail links Elm Creek Park Reserve and Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Rush Creek features 9.64 miles of paved trail.

If you want to get a great view of the Mississippi River – Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park has some wonderful spots to check it out! The 160-acre park features a walkway and bike path on top of the Dam to take you over the Mississippi and  Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is also home to more than two miles of trails along the bank of the river that take you through wetlands, woods and past some islands. If you love cross-country skiing or snowshoeing – this is a great park in the Twin Cities for those winter activities!

Explore Minneapolis by Bike

If you’re up for a great bike ride in the Twin Cities – you’ll want to take advantage of the Grand Rounds Bike Trails in Minneapolis. These trails cover more than 35 miles through the city of Minneapolis, circle four lakes, follow Minnehaha Creek and the Mississippi River and take you through the riverfront area of downtown Minneapolis. The Grand Rounds is a national and scenic byway that offers a unique way to explore the city.

If you want to do a little biking when you’re in the Twin Cities – but you don’t have two wheels with you, don’t worry. Many parks have bikes available to rent and you can even rent bikes in Minneapolis and St. Paul through the Nice Ride MN program.

When you’re done biking and hiking, relax in your suite or hang out in our new Great Room.  Or take a dip in our new pool and relax in our hot tub – you deserve it! No matter how you hope to explore the Twin Cities when you’re here – we’re happy to help.

The Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel is an all-suite hotel in the Twin Cities. The 50,000 square feet conference facility in the Twin Cities is ideal for business, social events and weddings with 25 versatile rooms including three ballrooms and amphitheater. The hotel is close to a wide selection of shopping destinations including the Mall of America. It’s also a sports headquarters, near the National Sports Center, Target Field, Target Center and University of Minnesota.

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