Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Place to Run

Mississippi River Road

When the Chain of Lakes looks like a New York City sidewalk, it's time to hit the river. Both sides of the Mississippi River are replete with scenery, and the stretch between the Plymouth and Franklin Avenue bridges is among the most spectacular. On the West Bank, the Guthrie and the old Mill City overlook St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge; the eastern shore has the St. Anthony restaurant and entertainment complex atop the gorgeous exposed stone of the original parkway. Take a short detour on Nicollet Island, then across the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. Jog further south along the West Bank and the river path meanders through the lovely Seward neighborhood, and then ultimately down to Minnehaha Park and Falls. Summer or winter, if you've got miles to log, this is one of our most beautiful places to pound the pavement.

Best Bike Trail (2013) West River Parkway

Best place to Run (2012) West River Parkway

Best Bike Trail (2011) Grands Rounds, along the Mississippi River

Best Beach Hidden Beach

Best Bike Trail Grands Rounds, along the Mississippi River

Best Bowling Alley Bryant-Lake Bowl

Best Boxer Jason Litzau

Best Coach Ron Gardenhire

Best College Athlete Emily Palkert, Concordia University

Best Day Trip Drive around Lake Pepin

Best Golfer Troy Merritt

Best Hike Interstate State Park

Best Ice Skating Lake of the Isles

Best Lynx Player Rebekkah Brunson

Best Outdoors Store Gear West

Best Picnic Spot Boom Island Park

Best Place to Shoot Pool Grumpy's Bar

Best Place to Walk a Dog Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park

Best Public Golf Course Chaska Town Course

Best Sledding Kenwood Park

Best Swarm Player Ryan Benesch

Best Timberwolves Player Kevin Love

Best Trail Running Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Urban Hike Pike Island, Fort Snelling State Park

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Weekend Getaway North Shore

Best Wild Player Martin Havlat

Best Winter Escape Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como

Best Winter Resort Lutsen Lodge

Best Winter Sport You've Never Tried Skijoring