St. Paul, MN

Saint Paul will host the first two stages of the North Star Grand Prix.  Wednesday morning starts off with Stage #1, the Saint Paul Riverfront Time Trial. Wednesday evening, the racing will move to downtown Saint Paul for Stage #2, a criterium, or short circuit race with packs of riders flying around Mears Park and past the Saint Paul Saints stadum, Landmark Center and Saint Paul Hotel.
 
What to do in Saint Paul: Saint Paul Saints baseball, Minnesota Children’s Museum, Minnesota History Center, Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, Wabasha Street Caves, Farmer’s Market, Como Zoo, Padelford Packetboat Mississippi River Cruises, Woodturner’s Museum.
 
Where to Eat in Saint Paul: Several fine dining restaurants surround Mears Park including:  Lowertown is the city’s arts district and you'll find Faces on Mears Park, Trattoria da Vinci, Amsterdam, Bulldog, Bin Wine Bar, CAMP’s or Black Dog Café.  Click HERE for a more comprehesive list.
 
About Saint Paul:
Nestled on the northern banks of the Mississippi River, Saint Paul, Minnesota’s capital city, is proud to host some of the state’s most important historic sites and cultural attractions. Its skyline features two domes, that of the Minnesota State Capitol and Cathedral of Saint Paul-the third largest in the country. The city is also home to many museums, including the Minnesota History Center, Minnesota Children’s Museum and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
 
The city’s many parks, recreational facilities and free festivals make it very attractive to families. The Como Zoo and Conservatory is the largest free zoo in the country, and just opened a new polar bear exhibit. Annual festivals include the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Festival of Nations, Irish Fair of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Fair.
 
Saint Paul has several popular bike paths, including the and Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and Great River Road Trail along the Mississippi, or the Summit Avenue Trail and Minnehaha Parkway Trails which cross over to Minneapolis. From the north side of downtown, visitors can hop on to the Bruce Vento Trail, which connects to the Gateway Trail towards Stillwater. This year the region’s Nice Ride bike rental program will expand to Saint Paul. Look for the blue and green bike racks in downtown areas as well as the city’s many college campuses.
 
 
About the Saint Paul Criterium
Saint Paul was the first city to host the North Star Grand Prix back in 1999 when it was a simple criterium around the State Capitol. Today’s Saint Paul Criterium is a one mile route that takes racers around the downtown streets near the new Saint Paul Saints Stadium and Mears Park. 
Mears Park is an ideal sites for the Expo, as spectators are surrounded by racers buzzing around the park. Nearby restaurants line their sidewalks with café tables for prime view seating, and vendors sell quick eats for the after work crowd.