”jackal” wrote:You might try staying right by the mall of America there are some big hotels and you can take the light rail from the airport to your hotel and back and forth to the game.
S197 wrote:We like the DoubleTree Suites on the corner of Lasalle and 11th. Walking distance to many restaurants and shops. Maybe a 10 minute uber to US Bank. There are several other options in this area to explore the nice thing about this place is it's a little bigger so good if going with family or buddies. If you're going alone or with one other person, there may be better options.
Ohjay wrote:Embassy Suites - Great rooms, good location and a very nice breakfast that's included in room price (which can be very reasonable)
Ohjay wrote:Loews - Probably my favourite. Just overall very classy with huge rooms(by US standards).
Needed - Specific recommendations for places. Can be hotels or AirBnBs.Ohjay wrote:Days Hotel (on University Ave) - Decent place for people on a budget. Perfect if you only need a place to sleep, not good for much else but the price makes up for it. It's a couple of stops by Light Rail to US Bank, but very easy to get there.
Recommended Dining Options
- Sally's Saloon and Eatery
- Big 10 Restaurant & Bar
- JOE SENSER'S SPORTS GRILL & BAR
- Bullwinkle's Saloon
- Erik the Red (bar)
- Butcher & The Boar
- apital Grill
- Manny's Steakhouse
- Surly (better when Vikings were playing at TCF due to proximity)
- Happy Gnome Bar (St. Paul, thanks to OhJay who recommended this place!)
Ohjay wrote:Sanctuary - Upscale dining, usually with quite interesting menu options that challenge your taste buds in amazing ways.
Ohjay wrote:O'Donovan's (by Target Center) - General pub food, but I always enjoy myself here.
Ohjay wrote:8th Street Grill - I should not mention this place because it is a slightly Packers oriented bar (although it took me several years before I noticed). Good beer selection and good food. They have a lot of pub food but some of their other dishes are amazing for being in a pub (the pasta is very, very good)
Needed - More optionsPondering Her Percy wrote: ↑Thu May 31, 2018 2:49 pm One amazing restaurant is Fogo de Chao. It's down by Target Field. It's a Brazilian steakhouse. Everyone at the table gets a button. One side red, one side green. When you want to be served, flip it to green and servers flock to you with every meat you could ever imagine and slice it right there in front of you. They are coming so fast you have to turn your button back to red so they will stop. I believe it was $51 per person all you can eat. Amazing salad bar (and more) as well. Cant beat it for the price. Food is unreal
”Jackal” wrote:You don't need a rental car in Minnesota if your only interested in the Mall of America and the stadium. The light rail runs from the airport and all the way to the Mall of America in Bloomington. I recommend staying
in Bloomington or somewhere along the light rail or downtown.
Ohjay wrote:Light rail is very convenient and an easy way to get around. As Jackal said, if Mall of America, US Bank and downtown are of interest then you don't need a car.Taking the Light Rail from the airport is a good way to get downtown and a lot cheaper than taking a cab.
Needed - Information about the airport. Information about traffic (areas to avoid, shortcuts, etc.).Ohjay wrote:Terminal 2 at the airport is very sparse. Not much to do, so try to avoid having to spend a lot of time there.
Things to do in Minnesota
- Natural History Museum
Needed - Anything fun to do while in Minnesota”DeeEss57” wrote:If you're into theatre, the NEW Guthrie is just down Chicago Ave. Then, there's Valley Fair, historic Fort Snelling, the Walker Art Center (the one with the giant spoon and cherry you always see on the national sports broadcasts.), and the Minnesota Science Museum in St Paul.
Stadium/Game Day Tips
S197 wrote:Exit through one of the main gates, like the large swinging doors. There are tiny exits on the sides but they funnel you into very narrow walkways that gets clogged. I only did this once, and it was the first game at US Bank, so maybe it's improved but I haven't bothered to try again. Only bonus to this is if we just beat the Packers and you get to gloat while they have nowhere to run.
S197 wrote:I would Uber to the game if you can, the stadium is conveniently located. Getting an Uber back is a little more of a challenge but once you walk away from the stadium (maybe 5 min) it's easy. Or grab a beer nearby and wait for the crowd to die down.
S197 wrote:I recommend doing the stadium tour at least once. Not just a good tour of the stadium and the suites but you also get to go on the field and into the locker rooms. If you dive in the endzone, be prepared for some turf burns and hundreds of rubber pellets in your shoes. Not that I would know from experience...
Needed - Anything!Ohjay wrote:Make sure to look up the status of the glass doors on game day and dress accordingly. With chilly weather and open doors it can also get a bit chilly inside.
”S197” wrote:Not all parking areas are designated for tailgating. Make sure you get a parking pass for one of the lots that allow it.
”S197” wrote: There's a lot of stuff right outside the stadium. Big grassy area with a stage for music, indoor area right next with beers, usually booths set up. Parking is scattered so that area might be your best bet.