Are there any towns like Williamsburg, Va.?
Without a doubt, Stillwater. This small town nestled alongside the St. Croix River was voted one of “America's Most Picturesque Small Towns” by USA Today Travel in 2015, and features one of only three lift bridges remaining in the country. You'll find dining patios, historical sites, and plenty of shops along historic Main Street, and river cruises are available to help you explore the St. Croix River Valley.
Fort Snelling: While it may not be a town, this historical site serves up plenty of Minnesota history just outside of St. Paul. Constructed in the early 1820s at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, this base played a vital role in the state’s military history from pre-Civil War through WWII, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, the fur trade and more. Open May through October, stop by for a guided tour or for any of their signature events and special programs scattered throughout their open season.
More history can be found in the heart of St. Paul. The Wabasha Street Caves date back to the 1840s, and were frequented by the city's most notorious gang members. Now, the caves play host to swing dancing nights every Thursday, events and tours.
As far as running goes, I always like taking the Green Line to the University of Minnesota campus, getting off at the East Bank station, and then running along its East River Road running and biking paths. Since you can clearly run longer than I can, I would also...
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