Beautiful park located close proximity to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, making it a good choice for those staying at the airport hotels. You see (and hear) a lot of low airplanes, too. The park features 18 miles of paved and gravel running trails in the greens so there are plenty of options. A great 3.6-mile route is to start the historic Fort Snelling and make a loop around the Pike Island. It offers spectacular views of the Mississippi on the one side and the Minnesota River on the other, with the two rivers converging at the island’s end.