Directions to SIGAda 2001
at the Thunderbird Hotel in the Twin Cities of Minnesota

You can reach the Twin Cities and the hotel by Air, Auto, Bus, or Rail.

Air

The Twin Cities commercial-aviation airport is Wold-Chamberlain field and the airport designator is MSP. Depending upon the airline, you may arrive at the Lindburgh or Humphrey terminal. At either terminal, ask the ground transportation co-ordinator for directions to the hotel shuttle-bus pickup area. The Thunderbird provides a regular no-cost shuttle service from the airport to the hotel.

Auto

The Twin Cites is an easy drive in Minnesota, or from the surrounding states of Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, or the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba or Ontario. You can reference our Regional, State, Metro, Bloomington, or Hotel maps.

    Minnesota

From anywhere in Minnesota, take the most direct route to the Twin Cites of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In the Twin Cites, take I-494 to the Mall-of-America (24th Avenue) exit, which is directly adjacent to the hotel.

    Wisconsin

The preferred route from Wisconsin is Interstate 94. Take I-94 West-Northwest, leaving Wisconsin at Hudson. Continue west on I-94 about 10 miles, until you reach the I-494 intersection. Follow I-494 west south-west about 15 miles, exiting at the Mall-of-America (24th Avenue) exit, which is directly adjacent to the hotel.

    Iowa

From north-east Iowa, take US52 or US63 to Rochester, Minnesota, and then US52 northwest about 75 miles to the Twin Cities. When you reach Interstate 494, take I-494 west about 10 miles, exiting at the Mall-of-America (24th Avenue) exit, which is directly adjacent to the hotel.

From north-central Iowa, take Interstate 35 north to Minnesota, and in Minnesota about 75 miles to the Twin Cities. As you enter the Twin Cities Metro area, I-35 splits into I-53E and I-35W. Contine north on I-35W about 7 miles, until you reach the I-494 intersection in Bloomington. Follow I-494 east about 3 miles, exiting at the Mall-of-America (24th Avenue) exit, which is directly adjacent to the hotel.

From north-west Iowa, take Iowa 60 northeast into Minnesota. Iowa 60 becomes Minnesota 60 as it crosses the border. Follow Minnesota 60 north-east about 100 miles to Mankato, until you reach the US 169 intersection. Continue north-east on US169 until you reach the I-494 intersection in Bloomington. Follow I-494 east about 7 miles, exiting at the Mall-of-America (24th Avenue) exit, which is directly adjacent to the hotel.

    South Dakota

From southern South Dakota, take Interstate 90 east into Minnesota. Continue east on I-90 until you reach Worthington, and the Minnesota 60 intersection. Follow Minnesota 60 north-east to about 100 miles to Mankato, until you reach the US 160 intersection. Continue north-east on US169 until you reach the I-494 intersection in Bloomington. Follow I-494 east about 7 miles, exiting at the Mall-of-America (24th Avenue) exit, which is directly adjacent to the hotel.

From northern South Dakota, follow US12 or US212 east into Minnesota. Continue east on US12 or US212 until you reach I-494. Follow I-494 east exiting at the Mall-of-America (24th Avenue) exit, which is directly adjacent to the hotel.

    North Dakota

From North Dakota, follow Interstate 94 west to Fargo-Moorhead, at the MN/ND border. Contine south-east on I-94 in Minnesota about 200 miles, until you reach I-494 in the northwest corner of the metro area. Take I-494 south, then east, about 25 miles, exiting at the Mall-of-America (24th Avenue) exit, which is directly adjacent to the hotel.

    Manitoba

From Manitoba, take Manitoba 75 south from Winnipeg towards North Datoka. At the ND border, take Interstate 29 south to Fargo-Moorhead. At the I-94 intersection, take I-94 south-east into Minnesota about 200 miles, until you reach I-494 in the northwest corner of the metro area. Take I-494 south, then east, about 25 miles, exiting at the Mall-of-America (24th Avenue) exit, which is directly adjacent to the hotel.

    Ontario

From Fort Frances, cross into Minnesota and take US63 to Duluth. From Thunder Bay, take Ontario 61, which becomes Minnesota 61 as it crosses the border, to Duluth. At Duluth, take Interstate 35 south about 125 miles towards the Twin Cites. As you enter the Twin Cities Metro area, I-35 splits into I-35E and I-35W. Contine south on I-35W about 25 miles, until you reach the I-494 intersection. Follow I-494 east about 2 miles, exiting at the Mall-of-America (24th Avenue) exit, which is directly adjacent to the hotel.

Bus

There are inter-city bus stations in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. From either bus station, take a "Mall of America" bus. Busses arrive at the west entrance to the mall. You will need to enter the mall, then travel and exit at the north entrance, which is where the free hotel shuttle is found.

Rail

Amtrack comes to the midway station in St. Paul. From the rail station, take a "Mall of America" bus. Busses arrive at the west entrance to the mall. You will need to enter the mall, and exit at the north entrace, which is where the free hotel shuttle is found.

Thunderbird Hotel

The Thunderbird Hotel is located at 2201 78th street in Bloomington, directly off the 24th Avenue (Mall of America) exit from Interstate 494 East or west in the Twin Cities. As you exit I-494, turn south, following the "Mall of America" signs.

Leaving the exit, there is a hotel access road immediately on your right, running west. Turn right (west) onto the hotel access road, pass the Standard/Amoco gasoline station on your left, and turn left (south) into the Thunderbird parking lot. If you go by the hotel access road, continue south past the Standard/Amoco gasoline station to the traffic light. At the traffic light, turn right (west) on 79th street. After turning right, the first entrance on your right (north) is the Thunderbird Hotel. Look for the SIGAda signs in the lobby.

Note that I-494 goes from the Northwest corner of the Twin Cities south and then east along the southern portion of the metropoliton area, joining I-94 in the east central. If you have questions, you may call the hotel at 952-854-3411.


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It was last updated on 18 August 2001