Though the concept was introduced more than 50 years ago, skywalks still retain a bit of a space-age quality. Some of America’s 21st-century skywalk cities have miles of connectivity that make getting around so much easier—and, well, maybe even a little more fun. Check out all that the skywalks connect in these five midwestern cities.
Part of a five-county metropolis, Des Moines is a haven of year-round, outdoor activities. The Iowa Events Center (comprised of an arena, hall and convention center) can be accessed via its climate-controlled skywalk system that runs almost 4 miles. A portion of the skywalk is currently closed due to the construction of a new convention center hotel that’s set to open in 2018.
Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids is a favorite among planners, thanks to its diverse dining and entertainment options within a short distance of DeVos Place convention center, which is directly connected to three hotels via enclosed, elevated skywalks.
Accessible via climate-controlled skywalks, a whopping 12 downtown hotels are connected to the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium. The city also has more than 200 restaurants within a five-minute walk of the convention center, plus an international airport considered to be one of the country’s best.
The centrally located Wisconsin Center (the city’s designated convention space) is part of the Milwaukee Skywalk System, which connects the downtown corridor via a 1.75-mile system. Within the skywalk, nd 28 eateries (no exit required), 11 banks and ATMs, several sports facilities and ve hotels totaling 1,650 guest rooms.
Minneapolis was one of the first U.S. cities to connect its buildings via overhead pedestrian bridges. Today, the city’s Skyways System links 69 full city blocks and covers 11 miles. Two major anchors are the Minneapolis Convention Center and the recently opened U.S. Bank Stadium.