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Free things to do in Minneapolis

Whether you call it the "Twin Cities," "Mini Apple" or "City of Lakes," Minneapolis has stood solid as one of the Midwest's top destinations. As Minnesota's largest city, it has a wide variety of attractions to keep you entertained during your stay, from history museums to art galleries to a vibrant downtown nightlife. But it's massive size also means you're going to need affordable and reliable transportation through Thrifty Car Rental to get to all the city's hotspots. Select from an array of Minneapolis rental cars, many of which come with great Minneapolis deals, then hit the town and head to these free sites:

Minnesota State Capitol

Drive a Minneapolis car rental along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard until you reach the Minnesota State Capitol. The building is one of the city's biggest architectural feats - it was designed by renowned American architect Cass Gilbert and contains the chambers of the state House, Senate and Supreme Court. You can sign up for a free tour, though a $5 donation is suggested. You'll be able to watch legislators in action, feast your eyes on the gold-leafed carriage located on the roof, and grab a drink or bite to eat at the Capitol Mall's Rathskeller Café. Tours are held Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as well as Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m.

Cathedral of St. Paul

Visitors at the Cathedral of St. Paul can park their Minneapolis car rentals for free on Selby Avenue just across the street. This church is considered one of the most beautiful in the country, and it attracts a quarter of a million people every year. It was erected in the early 20th century in the Beaux Arts architectural style and is noted for its stunning copper dome that juts from the Minneapolis skyline 306 feet in the air. Tour the cathedral to find mosaic artwork, rose windows and other captivating features.