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Check Out The Grand Hotel in Minneapolis

Fogo de Chao in Minneapolis Is Internationally Renowned for Its Excellent Meats

CSM Lodging’s Kip’s Irish Pub Places in Top 5 Restaurants in St. Louis Park (Minneapolis) on TripAdvisor

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel and My Hotel Rocks, LLC, Announce Strategic Partnership, Offering Hotel Guests Access to High-quality Acoustic Guitars

8 Things to Do in Minnesota During Winter Months

To celebrate the wonder of winter, Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism promotion office, is highlighting things to do across the state this season. Minnesota is a winter haven for outdoor activities, arts and entertainment, food and drink, and seasonal festivals. Explore Minnesota is also inspiring travelers with the fourth-annual Checkpoint MN Winter Scavenger Hunt, a Minnesota Slopes Sweepstakes and a new winter travel video. Travelers near and far can get out and embrace winter with these unique activities found #OnlyinMN.  

1. Explore the Trails Minnesota is home to thousands of trails groomed for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and fat biking. In fact, Minnesota's cross-country ski trails offer more miles of skiing than a trek from St. Paul to Los Angeles, and there are 22,000 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling. Minnesota trails provide breathtaking views of our state's wilderness, lakes and rivers. Visitors can stay up-to-date with weekly winter trail conditions at exploreminnesota.com to plan their own Minnesota snowfari.  

2. Attend a Winter Festival From a free walkthrough holiday light display on the shores of Lake Superior (Bentleyville, Duluth) to the inaugural Great Northern festival (encompassing a combined 152 year old Winter Carnival, U.S. Pond Hockey Championships and City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival in Minneapolis and St. Paul), German-inspired fun (BockFest, New Ulm) and ice fishing festivals that reel in 10,000+ attendees, visitors will find a way to weather winter and can sign up for weekly event updates at exploreminnesota.com/events.  

3. Try a Unique Winter Activity Winter-hardy folks who live in and venture to Minnesota stay active and embrace the season with open, down coat-covered arms. With endless outdoor activities that include ice fishing, world-class dog sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, kiteboarding, curling, winter biking and more, travelers have no excuse not to try a new Minnesota winter activity.  

4. Explore the Great Indoors Minnesota is a mecca for tax-free shopping, museums, renowned theater, music and art centers, which make the state home to one of the most vibrant arts scenes in the country. Wind down by raising a glass of Minnesota's award-winning craft beverages. With more than 100 breweries statewide, 50+ wineries and a dozen distilleries, visitors can sip, sample and stay cozy. Minnesota's excellent eateries and luxury lodging properties offer travelers a winter retreat. Exploreminnesota.com lists and links to 1,000+ restaurants and 750+ lodging properties.  

5. Stay Warm with Minnesota Sports Escape the cold for excitement inside state-of-the-art sports facilities. Minnesota pro teams to watch during the winter include the Minnesota Vikings at the newly minted U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Timberwolves. Collegiate and amateur sports are also an exciting way to spend time watching athletes compete in multiple sports ranging from football to gymnastics. Minnesota is a destination for sports events of all sizes.

6. Hit the Slopes Minnesota offers some of the highest hills in the Midwest and affordable adventure close to home. From bunny hills to expert thrills, there are opportunities across the state. Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Ski Areas Association offer information on weekly ski conditions, destinations and more. Travelers can learn more and also enter the Minnesota Slopes Sweepstakes to win great prizes like lift tickets, rentals or getaway packages at exploreminnesota.com/slopes.  

7. Share Seasonal Sights on Social Media Using #OnlyinMN Research shows people seek travel ideas from their social networks. Tag your photos and get real-time travel inspiration this season by using Explore Minnesota's statewide travel hashtag, #OnlyinMN. The popular hashtag has generated more than 500,000 uses to date.   "With abundant winter activity, Minnesota is an iconic U.S. winter vacation destination," said John Edman, director/CEO of Explore Minnesota. "From winter trails and slopes, to wacky festivals, cozy coffee shops, great restaurants and lodging, there are thousands of ways to explore all of the unique things to see and do #OnlyinMN this season."

Travelers and residents are encouraged to share seasonal finds with #OnlyinMN at @exploreminn on Twitter and Pinterest, or @exploreminnesota on Instagram and Facebook. Explore Minnesota regularly features user-generated photos tagged #OnlyinMN. Explore Minnesota experts can help plan trips at 888-VISITMN, or via live chat or email, by visiting exploreminnesota.com.

###   About Explore Minnesota
As the state's tourism promotion office, Explore Minnesota pursues an entrepreneurial approach, leveraging the state's tourism investment with increased involvement by the private sector. A council of representatives from the state's tourism industry strongly connects Explore Minnesota with tourism businesses and organizations. Tourism is a $13.6 billion industry in Minnesota, and a key sector of the state's economy. The leisure and hospitality industry—a major provider of tourism services—employs more than 254,000 workers, representing 11 percent of Minnesota's private sector employment. Leisure and hospitality also generates 17 percent of the state's sales tax revenues. Minnesota welcomes nearly 70 million domestic and international travelers annually.

MINNEAPOLIS

What to See & Do

If you like to bike stargaze, kayak, swim, hike, cross country ski, shop, fish, see a play -- or much, much more - plan a vacation in Miunneapolis. With more than 85 miles of dedicated city bike trails, 81 miles of on-street bikeways and one of the first bike share programs, Nice Ride Minnesota, Minneapolis was named Best Biking City in the U.S. by Bike Score. Here, there are 22 lakes, 180 parks, 50 miles of paths and the Mississippi running through downtown in a green environment - perfect for outdoor events, a morning run, or having a meal at a sidewalk cafe.

Minnesota: A Destination for Biking

Minnesota stands out on the national biking scene. Thanks to 18 officially designated Bicycle Friendly Communities and 73 Bicycle Friendly Businesses, Minnesota is ranked the No. 2 bike-friendly state in the country by the League of American Bicyclists. In recent years, the state's also been recognized as the "Best Trails State" by American Trails (2010), and Minneapolis is regularly ranked as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country (currently No.1 according to Forbes and No. 3 per Bicycling magazine).

Even the American Automobile Association (AAA) supports biking in Minnesota, recently introducing statewide coverage to members whose bicycle has become disabled or inoperable. With more than 4,000 miles of paved trails, endless biking routes, and one of the nation's largest bike share programs, Minnesota offers excellent options for all kinds of cyclists. Bicycling has a positive impact on the state, including benefits to individuals, communities, the environment and the economy, generating more than $1 billion in expenditures throughout the state.

Pedal Minnesota
Pedal Minnesota is a coalition of state agencies and private organizations that support the Pedal Minnesota initiative, encouraging people to get on bikes more often in Minnesota. Initiated by Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism promotion office, the partnership includes the Minnesota departments of Health, Transportation and Natural Resources, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, and sponsorship by HealthPartners.

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel & Its Historic Ice Skating Rink Honored By Fodor’s Travel as a Top 10 Rink in the U.S. -- and now Celebrating with Special “Ice Skating Package”

The landmark Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel has been recognized by the leading Fodor’s Travel magazine as having one of the nation’s best ice skating rinks. The Depot’s ice rink is located indoors within The Depot Pavilion -- the historic train shed of the Victorian-era former train station, which is now a luxury hotel. At #9 in Fodor’s Travel’s “Best Ice Rinks in the U.S.” line-up, the rink within The Depot Pavilion is in exceptional company, including the iconic Rockefeller Center rink in New York City, the National Gallery of Art skating rink in Washington, DC, and the rink at the legendary Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. For the entire list, visit www.fodors.com/news/photos/15-best-ice-skating-rinks-in-the-us#!9-the-depot-rink.

To celebrate, The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is offering an ice skating overnight package from $159 per room per night.

The Ice Skating Package includes:

·         4 passes to the indoor ice skating rink within The Depot Pavilion

·         Deluxe guestroom accommodations

·         On-premises parking

·         Access to The Depot’s Fitness Center

·         Reservation Link:  <www.thedepotminneapolis.com/view-specials.php?id=32

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, situated in an historic area of Minneapolis near the storied Mississippi River, is owned and operated by CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation. A decade ago, CSM Corporation saved and restored the historic 19th Century train depot building, converting it into a first-rate, full service hotel with exceptional event and public space within The Depot Pavilion – the train station’s original train shed. The highly successful restoration launched a historic movement in this region of Minneapolis. The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is the flagship property within CSM Lodging’s nationwide collection of hotels.

About The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel

Designed to enhance the enjoyment of traveling, the full-service The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel treats you to the history and unique architecture of a 19th century train depot. All the Renaissance guest rooms are detailed with comfortable and stylish furniture and luxurious bedding reflecting a modern take on historic charm.

Steeped in timeless charm, The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is the perfect locale for your next getaway, business trip, or social function. We look forward to your next visit with us! For more information and for reservations, visit www.thedepotminneapolis.com  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/thedepotminneapolis, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/depotmpls

More Suggestions:

Walk across the 'mighty' Mississippi River on the historic Stone Arch Bridge. It's a pedestrian walkway connecting the old Minneapolis (famous for its milling history) to the new Minneapolis - with glass and steel skyscrapers and sometimes called the 'first city of the west.'

Go shopping - From Nicollet Mall, the main street of shopping in downtown Minneapolis, take a clean and green ride on light rail transit (LRT) to the famous Mall of America. This is the largest retail and entertainment complex in the United States. It boasts 520 stores, dozens of restaurants, nightclubs, a theme park and an aqwuarium - all under ONE roof. Best of all, there is NO SALES TAX on clothing and shoes in the entire state.

Springtime Beauty -- Have your photo taken with a 1,200-pound cherry; the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture that's the centerpiece of the 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden featuring works by international contemporary artists.

Museum Hopping -- Minneapolis is a culture capital with over 50 museums. Visit 'starchitect' designed buildings like the Guthrie Theater, the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Central Library, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Children's Theatre Company.

Theaters -- Nearly 100 professional theater companies and more theater seats per capita are found here than any other city outside NYC. At the Hennepin Theatre District, enjoy concerts and Broadway shows in historic settings.

Love Baseball & Other Sports? -- Then visit the 'greenest' ballpark in the United States. Target Field is home to Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins and is situated in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Other professional sporting events that an be seen here include National Football League's Minnesota Vikings; Nationl Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves; National Hocket League's Minnesota Wild; and Women's National Basketball Association's Minnesota Lynx. Why is it called the 'greenest' ballpark in the U.S.? The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Target Field LEED Silver Certification. LEED provides a set of standards for the environmentally sustainable design, construction and opertion of buildings and neighborhoods.

Scenic Byway Exploration -- You don't have to leave the city to explore a National Scenic Byway because the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway is the longest, continuous system of public urban parkways in the U.S. at 52 miles! You'll find lovely parks, trails, lakes and parways surrounding Minneapolis, including the urban 'Chain of Lakes,' Minnehaha Falls, Mississippi River and more.

Love Music? -- Voted the #2 Best City For Music, this is the hometown of musicians including Bob Dylan, the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Semisobic, Price and more.

Midtown Bike Station Opened 

Whether they need an extra tube or an extra shot of espresso, Twin Cities bicyclists will now have an oasis to enjoy as they ride the Midtown Greenway.   Freewheel Bike in conjunction with the Midtown Greenway Coalition, City of Minneapolis, and Allina Hospitals and Clinics will operate the Midtown Bike Station along the trail’s second phase.        

The Station is the fruit of a long conjunctive effort between Freewheel, the hospital, the city, and the Coalition to offer commuters and recreational riders a stop in the center of Minneapolis.  “It’s a place to stop for on-the-spot repairs, bike rentals, even order a favorite drink from the barista,” said Kevin Ishaug, owner of Freewheel Bikes.     

The Midtown Bike Station offers memberships and membership will have its privileges.    Members get discounts on parts, repairs, accessories and valet parking. “The Station has a hundred or so parking spots for bicycles, and rather than stop and lock up your bike, you can hand it over and the staff will hang it up and watch it for you,” Ishaug said.             

However, membership isn’t required, and all riders are able to use the center.   Cyclists can meet for group rides, learn how to fix their bikes, and attend a spinning class.   Unlike traditional bike shops, the Center will be open during peak commuting hours. Riders will find an open door early in the morning on their way in to work and, in the evening, a shop ready to help them out as they head home.   “The ride home can seem like a long haul,” Ishaug said, “so why not have a comfortable stop on the way?”          

The Midtown Bike Station is located next to the renovated Sears building now owned by Allina Hospitals and Clinics.  The station was made possible by a federal grant plus capital investment by Freewheel Bikes, Allina Hospitals, and the Midtown Greenway Coalition.

CSM Lodging’s Kip’s Irish Pub Places in Top 5 Restaurants in St. Louis Park (Minneapolis), MN, on TripAdvisor

CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, announced that the company’s acclaimed restaurant, Kip’s Irish Pub, has placed in the Top 5 restaurants on TripAdvisor® within its market, St. Louis Park, in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. Kip’s Irish Pub placed at #5 out of 60 restaurants rated in the market. Kips was aided by glowing consumer comments about the restaurant’s outstanding service, beverages and cuisine. Known by locals as an authentic Irish pub, Kip’s opened in 2006 and is located in the Minneapolis Marriott West Hotel at 9970 Wayzata Boulevard in St. Louis Park.

In addition to Kip’s superb pub fare and endless list of beverages – starting with Irish brewed beer, Irish Whiskey and Irish Coffee, the Pub offers customers a number of amenities and features that makes it truly unique in the Minneapolis market, including free WiFi, 7 HD big screen TVs, and one of the metro area’s great restaurant patios featuring comfortable lounge furniture and a gas firepit. For group events and meetings, Kip’s offers three private dining rooms.

Kip’s gets it legendary name from Kip Finnegan, a lost Irish soul who with his father’s help found his way from Ireland to Minnesota. Here he discovered the love of his life – a lass named Molly, and his life’s calling as the keeper of a pub where all could come and raise a glass to celebrate life, spread good cheer, enjoy a great meal and warm hospitality.

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest online travel community, enabling consumers to plan trips based on input from fellow travelers. TripAdvisor offers advice from actual travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites experience more than 50 million unique visitors each month and over 60 million reviews and opinions, available for the review of the global traveling public.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under www.daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

About CSM Lodging

CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, acquires, develops and manages quality hospitality real estate investments within select markets across the United States. The company is known for their business ethos of treating their customers and associates with integrity and respect, and for their commitment to the future of the communities in which they live and work.

In 1994, CSM purchased its first hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. By the end of 2002, CSM had opened 29 hotels and developed a presence in Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Boston, Detroit, Seattle and Naples. Today, CSM Lodging manages 38 hotels nationwide and continues to achieve awards in design, openings, quality, sales excellence, marketing and revenue management.

CSM Lodging is part of the CSM Corporation family of companies, founded in 1976, which has engaged in the acquisition, development, leasing, management and ownership of quality real estate assets. The extensive portfolio includes retail, office & industrial, multi-family residential, and hotel properties across the United States.

Where to Eat

Fogo de Chao Is Internationally Renowned for Its Excellent Meats

Minneapolis-Saint Paul diners will enjoy the flavors of southern Brazil with the the internationally renowned steakhouse Fogo de Chao. A traditional churrascaria featuring perfectly seasoned meats, authentic gaucho chefs and impeccable service, the restaurant will is a downtown Minneapolis landmark with its blazing fire visible to passers-by. Located at 645 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.

For more information, call 612-338-1344.

Where to Stay

The Grand Hotel: 

Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, The Grand Hotel is surrounded by delicious restaurants and numerous entertainment and retail options. Their complimentary bicycle program allows their guests to explore the city free of charge during the day and the SIX15 Room allows guests to enjoy delicious meals and cocktails in the warmth of their hotel by night. If the weather is too cold for a bicycle ride around the city, guests have complimentary access to the LifeTime Athletic Club as well as access to a yoga mat in each room.

Address: 615 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone Number: (612) 288-8888
Website: www.grandhotelminneapolis.com

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel and My Hotel Rocks, LLC, Announce Strategic Partnership, Offering Hotel Guests Access to High-quality Acoustic Guitars 

The landmark Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel and My Hotel Rocks, LLC, have announced a strategic partnership to offer hotel guests use of high-quality acoustic guitars for rent on-site or as part of their room package. The partnership allows The Depot Renaissance to build on the Renaissance Hotels’ brand strategy, which highlights music and entertainment as part of their RLife Live events. The program officially launches this month and the cost to rent a guitar is just $25 for guests of The Depot and its Stone Arch Bar & Lounge.

The idea originated with My Hotel Rocks founder Dave Musolf, a self-described road warrior/guitar hack who often found himself sitting in his hotel rooms wishing he had his guitar to noodle on. "I asked everywhere I went, and no hotel ever had a guitar,” said Mr. Musolf. “I knew there were a few hipster boutique hotels that had them, but as a business traveler working a loyalty program, these weren't really an option. Minneapolis has such an amazing music scene and The Depot supported this idea right away. It's a perfect fit!" 

"We are so excited to partner with My Hotel Rocks for this amazing, musical launch as we know that our guests are driven to discover something new and exciting every day,” noted Robert Payne, director of sales and marketing for The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel. “This is truly a unique hotel amenity and Minneapolis is the quintessential music town to launch it."

My Hotel Rocks is currently using Ovation guitars in the $550-$650 (Celebrity) range as part of this program. Each guitar has built-in tuners, and can be plugged into a mobile device/headphones supporting the wide range of guitar and music apps available online. Ovation Celebrity guitars are plastic-backed and extremely durable. 

"Hotels are actually the perfect spot for guitar players of any skill to practice and learn,” stated Musolf. “YouTube is chock full of channels and uploads of just about every popular song ever written. I wanted to offer a guitar that appeals to players of all levels while keeping it affordable for the hotels to maintain enough inventory. Ovation guitars offer that unique mix of quality and durability in an acoustic guitar." Other guitar brands are also available. Robert Payne continued with, "We look forward to our guests bringing their My Hotel Rocks guitar into our hotel’s Stone Arch Bar for an unplugged session.”

A common concern is about potential noise issues within the hotel. Through a variety of tests, however, the mid/shallow body acoustic guitar ranks below noise levels of parties, TVs, music/radios, and even conversation and phone use as a potential noise issue. "Most guitarists I know are super respectful and I don't envision hardly any issues with noise,” concluded Musolf. “In fact, The Depot Renaissance has a number of guests who travel with their own guitar, and they've never had a noise complaint related to this.”

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, situated in an historic area of Minneapolis near the storied Mississippi River, is owned and operated by CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation. A decade ago, CSM Corporation saved and restored the historic 19th Century train depot building, converting it into a first-rate, full service hotel with exceptional event and public space within The Depot Pavilion – the train station’s original train shed. The highly successful restoration launched a historic movement in this region of Minneapolis. The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is the flagship property within CSM Lodging’s nationwide collection of hotels.

About My Hotel Rocks, LLC. 

Founded in 2013 by David Musolf, the company mission is to allow guitar players of all skill levels to seek out and find hotels that can offer them a guitar while they are on the road. By providing a turnkey service for hotels that helps drive room nights, on-site sales plus super-charge the hotel's cool factor, the company hopes to add hotels in every major market so that guitar players have the ability to enjoy themselves and enhance their ability where ever they go.  www.myhotelrocks.com

About The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel

Designed to enhance the enjoyment of traveling, the full-service The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel treats you to the history and unique architecture of a 19th century train depot. All the Renaissance guest rooms are detailed with comfortable and stylish furniture and luxurious bedding reflecting a modern take on historic charm.

Steeped in timeless charm, The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is the perfect locale for your next getaway, business trip, or social function. We look forward to your next visit with us! For more information and for reservations, visit www.thedepotminneapolis.com
  About CSM Lodging

CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, acquires, develops and manages quality hospitality real estate investments within select markets across the United States. The company is known for their business ethos of treating their customers and associates with integrity and respect, and for their commitment to the future of the communities in which they live and work.

In 1994, CSM purchased its first hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. By the end of 2002, CSM had opened 29 hotels and developed a presence in Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Boston, Detroit, Seattle and Naples. Today, CSM Lodging manages 38 hotels nationwide and continues to achieve awards in design, openings, quality, sales excellence, marketing and revenue management. CSM Lodging is part of the CSM Corporation family of companies, founded in 1976, which has engaged in the acquisition, development, leasing, management and ownership of quality real estate assets. The extensive portfolio includes retail, office & industrial, multi-family residential, and hotel properties across the United States.

NOTE: Downtown Minneapolis also offers more than 6000 hotel rooms all within walking distance of shops, restaurants, theaters and more.

For more information contact the Meet Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association, 250 Marquette Avenue, Suite 1300, Minneapolis, MN 55401; 1-800-445-7412 or go to web site minneapolis.org.

SAINT PAUL

About Visit Saint Paul

Visit Saint Paul, formerly the Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Authority, was founded in 1927 as the Saint Paul Convention and Visitors Bureau, making it one of the oldest destination marketing organizations in the United States. The mission of the organization is to generate economic growth for Saint Paul by effectively marketing the RiverCentre campus, Saint Paul and the region as a preferred convention and tourism destination. Visit Saint Paul oversees management of the Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention Center, the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium, the RiverCentre Parking Ramp, and the Pedestrian Connection which connects the Convention Center and Xcel Energy Center to the downtown skyway system.

Saint Paul Named 'Best Romantic N. American Getaway' by 10Best and USA Today

Saint Paul has been named "Best Romantic N. American Getaway" by 10best a division of USA Today Travel. The capital of Minnesota beat competing cities that include Naples, FL, Savannah, GA and Santa Fe, NM for the recognition.

Described by the publication as "the smaller, quieter and, many say, the more sophisticated of the Twin Cities," the publication notes couples "love it for its diverse romantic offerings, like leisurely paddle- wheeler rides along the Mississippi, beer tastings, ice skating and a thriving performance arts scene."

The Saint Paul Hotel, recently named to Travel + Leisure's 'Top 500 World's Best Hotels of 2014' list, is a popular choice for couples looking for romance because of its trademark style, sophistication and old world charm.

SHAKOPE

What to See & Do

Renegade Roller Coaster at Valleyfair

Twists, turns, speed and the Old West are top features of Renegade – a new world-class wooden roller coaster at Valleyfair. Guests experience a two minute adventurous ride including a never-before-experienced twisting first drop, a low-to-the-ground high-speed S-turn and a high-speed station fly-by.

Renegade Fact Sheet

Track Length: 3,113 feet
Lift Height: 104 feet
Ride Duration: Approximately two minutes
Maximum Speed: 52 mph
Capacity: 850 riders per hour
Total Number of Turns: 19
Total Number of Crossovers: 10
Total Number of Supports: 505
Special Features: Never before experienced twisting first drop
Low to the ground high speed S-turn
High speed station fly-by
Fun Fact: The song “Renegade” was a 1979 hit for American rock band Styx.
Cowboy Slang: Cowboy Slang that best describes Valleyfair’s new ride Renegade:
Renegade is fine as cream gravy (top notch)
Renegade is tall hog at the trough (superior, (outstanding)
For an American Coaster Enthusiast, riding Renegade is like lickin’ butter off a knife (something that’s easy)
Construction of Renegade is two whoops and a holler (not far away)

Valleyfair is located at One Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee, Minnesota 55379. For more information, call 1.800.FUN.RIDE


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