St. Paul's defining characteristic is the sheer bluff that is the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers; this landscape was cut out of the rock during the last ice age, which also created the sheer bluffs of the Mississippi River and made St. Paul the last place where ships heading upriver could unload their cargo.
Today St. Paul is one of the most populated cities of Minnesota and also serves as the state’s capital. It claims the further distinction of being the county seat of Ramsey County, the county with the densest population of all Minnesota counties and the least amount of physical space (170 square miles, of which 18 square miles is water). The city was designated state capital in 1849 but in 1857, the Minnesota territorial legislature voted to move the capital to St. Peter; before the move become legal, the physical bill was stolen by a legislator, Joe Rolette, who went into hiding, allowing St. Paul to retain its status.
The nearby city of Minneapolis merges with St. Paul, forming the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Other cities within the county include Minnetonka, Burnsville, Lakeville and Stillwater. Residents of the Twin Cities are largely descendants of immigrants from Germany, Norway and Sweden, giving the city a very distinctive cultural identity; the cultural diversity continues to evolve, too, as the area also has a history of welcoming new immigrants from all of the world.
The Great Outdoors
Winters anywhere in Minnesota can be a challenge, but there is so much to explore here with a Saint Paul motorhome rental that not even winter can get you down. Those who are bound and determined to get some fresh air should start with an appropriate winter jacket (down filled is strongly recommended) and remember not to stray too far in case you need to pop in somewhere warm for a few minutes. Finding attractions within striking distance of your St. Paul rental motorhome might be sensible. Having accomplished this, Rice Park beckons with its bronze Peanuts sculptures (Linus, Lucy, Charlie Brown and the rest) and winter ice festival (ice sculptures). Warm cider is available for purchase.
The Raptor Center, a bird sanctuary, is worth visiting any time of the year but popping in out of the cold for a few minutes can be an added bonus. Guests are allowed to get up close and touch some of the birds under supervision.
When you book an RV in Saint Paul, you’ll find ample museums and art galleries to explore. It's not surprising that St. Paul (and neighboring Minneapolis) are meccas for refined entertainment of this sort. There are also a multitude of coffee shops where tourists can take a rest between venues. Architecture enthusiasts will love wandering around and taking in the various breathtaking structures, such as the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Summit Avenue (the Historical Society offers guided tours of homes in this area), James J. Hill House, Historic Fort Snelling and more. Winter is also the perfect excuse to take in an NHL hockey game; Minneapolis is home to the Minnesota Wild and also home to the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA Minnesota Lynx.
St Paul is densely populated, so it is not surprising that RV resorts are out of town, but not too far. When you book an RV rental near St. Paul, there are a few spots to choose from, including Minnesota Resort & Campground. The city of Hastings has St Croix Bluffs Regional Park, Afton State Park, Greenwood Campground and Refuge RV Park. Apple Valley has Lebanon Hills Park Campground, Woodbury has KOA Campgrounds and Lake Elmo has Lake Elmo Park Reserve. These resorts will help turn your St. Paul luxury RV rental into a personal oasis. Public transit includes bus lines and light rail transit; RV travelers can use these or taxis to get where they're going. Driving in the city is not recommended, due to the heavy traffic. It's your vacation, relax and let someone else handle the driving for you.
Exploring The City
Summer is an even better time to explore the city, as everything is within your reach. Visitors can take in music concerts at the previously mentioned Xcel Energy Center. There are theaters and museums to enjoy, most notably the Science Museum of Minnesota.
CHS Field is home to the St. Paul Saints, a professional baseball team, and the Minnesota State Fair is an incredible playground for children of all ages, with its rides, exhibits and footlong hot dogs. Como Lake Pavilion is the ideal place to wind down after a long day of excitement, and a great chance to observe animals, nature and maybe take a few photos. Station your St. Paul rental camper here and enjoy the best of both worlds, indoor and outdoor.
As the world-class city that it is, St. Paul does not lack for eating establishments, whether they are concession stand samples or five-star dining. Any cuisine you can imagine or desire can be found here, with fusion restaurants combining multiple cuisines in new and exciting ways. Don't be shy about asking to take away the dinner you haven't finished, to enjoy it the next day in the comfort of your St. Paul travel trailer rental. Summer in St. Paul can best be enjoyed by a relaxing walk when dinner is done, to take in the city lights and summer sky.
Saint Paul, MN is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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