Everyday the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, making the days of our lives. We aren’t always able to see the sun set, but on the days that we do, it’s incredible. Everyone loves a beautiful sunset. If you live in Minneapolis or Saint Paul, there are a million places to see the golden, pink, and purple hues of the sky before dusk. Here are twelve of the most stunning places to watch the sun set in the Twin Cities.
1. Bde Maka Ska
Bde Maka Ska is Minneapolis' most popular lake, and it's easy to see why. The lake provides a stunning and serene backdrop for any golden sunset that graces the city.
2. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
The Como Zoo and Conservatory are tons of fun to experience during the day, but just before dusk, the park becomes magical. It's the annual site of the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival which beautifully complements every sunset. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is located at 1225 Eastbrook Dr., Saint Paul, MN 55103.
3. The Stone Arch Bridge
There isn't a more beautiful backdrop in the entire world than the Minneapolis skyline. Strolling along the Stone Arch Bridge at sunset is oh so romantic.
4. Cathedral of Saint Paul
The Cathedral of Saint Paul is the perfect spot to view any sunset, but it also makes the perfect addition to any photo of the sun setting. Soft pinks and golds perfectly complement the majesty of the cathedral. Cathedral of Saint Paul is located at 239 Selby Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55102.
5. Historic Fort Snelling
Historic Fort Snelling was once a military training base, but is now a historic site in Saint Paul. The park is covered in a variety of trails that are perfect for hiking or biking. Take an evening walk through Fort Snelling to see a gorgeous sunset.
6. Gold Medal Park
This park is on the west bank from the Stone Arch Bridge. Sitting atop the hill in the park provides a perfect view of the Mississippi River and sunsets over Saint Anthony Falls.
7. Target Field
The Minnesota Twins often play evening games throughout the spring and summer at Target Field. Not only is this a perfect place to watch a game, it's also a perfect backdrop for a sunset over the entire city. Target Field is located at 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
8. Foshay Tower Observation Deck
The Foshay Tower was once the tallest skyscraper in all of Minneapolis. Although it no longer holds that title, the observation deck is still an incredibly popular spot to view all of downtown and beyond. At sunset, the entire city lights up like it's on fire; it's simply spectacular. Foshay Tower is located at 821 S Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55402.
9. Lake Harriet
Minneapolis has 12 lakes, and Lake Harriet is one of the most popular, alongside Bde Maka Ska. Viewing a Minneapolis sunset from the Lake Harriet Bandshell is a magical experience.
10. CHS Field
There's only one place in Saint Paul where you can watch minor league baseball, run into team owner Bill Murray,
and watch the sunset: CHS Field, home to the Saint Paul Saints. Every visit to CHS Field is an unforgettable adventure. CHS Field is located at 360 N Broadway St., Saint Paul, MN 55101.
11. Indian Mounds Park
This park, which was once an ancient burial site for indigenous people, is a serene spot to watch the sunset. Part of Indian Mounds Park overlooks the Mississippi River and Saint Paul skyline, which makes for quite a view.
12. Witche's Hat Tower
The Witche's Hat Tower is only open once a year for tours. It is located on the highest place of elevation in all of Minneapolis. This observation tower in the Prospect Park neighborhood is a unique experience where you'll see the full Minneapolis skyline with the most gorgeous sunset in the background.
Watching the sun set is one of the most serene activities, and we’re lucky to have so many places to view them in the Twin Cities. Where is your favorite place to watch the sun set in Minneapolis or Saint Paul? Let us know in the comments below.
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