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Well, that’s the full route for our walking tour today. Thanks so much for joining me as we explored just a little section of St. Paul’s Summit Avenue. Now, if you’re not done walking, I recommend venturing off onto any of the side streets to see more of the area. If you’re hungry, keep walking to Western Avenue, take a left, and in a few blocks you’ll see many great food options -including Nina’s Cafe, a coffee shop located right above Garrison Keillor’s bookshop, Common Good Books. Also on that corner is W.A. Frost’s, an upscale restaurant with one of the best patios in town, which is located in an old pharmacy building.
If you’re looking for buildings or museums to check out, I highly recommend the Cathedral of St. Paul, right where Summit Avenue meets up with Selby. With one of the largest domes in the country, it’s a beautiful building that’s well worth a visit. It’s about a ten-fifteen minute walk from here. Right across from the Cathedral parking lot at 240 Summit Avenue is the James J. Hill House, where I work. We offer tours of the 36,000 square foot mansion -you heard me right, 36,000 square feet!. Wed - Sun year-round. We also offer walking tours of Summit Avenue, starting from the Hill House and walking up to Lookout Park, our starting point today. Try one of those, and see how much you already know! We always recommend reservations for both the house tours and the Summit Avenue tours.
Other museum options right around here include the MN History Center, just down the street from the Cathedral and the James J. Hill House, and the MN State Capitol, just past the History Center.
If this tour has peaked your interest in the area, there are many good books available on St. Paul architecture, Summit Avenue, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and more - many of which are available from the Hill House or MN History Center’s bookstores!
Or if you just want to enjoy the view, head back across Summit Avenue to Lookout Park, get a drink of water from the water fountain, and look out over the river valley, as people have been doing for a very long time.