SIFT Minneapolis Location Information
Map and Directions
SIFT's headquarters are located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, at:
Getting To SIFT:
You can get from MSP (Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport) to our offices easily and quicky regardless of traffic via light rail. There's only one train (light rail) in/out of the airport, and you just have to get on the right direction (to downtown). Take it to the next-to-last stop, Warehouse District, and you'll be one block from the Wyndham (suggested hotel) and two blocks from SIFT. If you miss the Warehouse District stop and go to the end of the line, at the Twins stadium, you are still only a few more blocks away. See ticketing instructions and map and the fare is less than $3.00.
A taxi is also plausible, 12 mile drive running about $35-40 with tip, and will be quite a bit faster if traffic is low.
We do not recommend renting a car, the downtown area is very walkable, even in winter (with above-ground skyways), quite safe in most areas, and parking can be expensive and challenging. However, if you do rent a car, driving directions from MSP to SIFT:
Exit the airport in the left lane and follow MN-5 E. Take the MN-55W/MN-55E exit towards Minneapolis. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for MN-55 W and merge onto MN-55 W. Follow MN-55W for about 6 miles, then take the 3rd street/Washington Ave exit. Stay left and merge onto S 3rd St. Drive 1.3 miles through downtown and turn left on N 1st Ave; SIFT is on the left.
If arriving by car, we have a limited number of parking spaces behind our building, or street parking is credit-card capable, pay-box metered on the surrounding streets. While street parking is sometimes available, be sure to check the overhead illuminated signs which indicate whether parking is prohibited (e.g., during morning rush hour and baseball games). Note 1st Ave N. parking is *outside* the bike lane. If street parking is not available, there are several nearby ramps; follow the P signs.
The entrance to the building is on 1st Avenue North, which is the road along the north-west side of the building. The entrance is clearly marked as "319 1st Avenue North" above the doorway, which can also be seen in this Google Street View of the entrance.
Where To Stay & Where To Eat
Hotels in the area can be seen by using google's hotel search tool. The Loews Minneapolis Hotel is closest, with Hampton In & Suites, Marriott, Westin, and Hotel Minneapolis also easy walks both from SIFT and the light rail stops downtown Minneapolis. In this Google-map mashup, we have collected our office location and a few other places of special interest, including the suggested nearby hotels and some good resturants, including, Saffron (Mediterranean), Alma (modern), Origami (sushi), Pizza Luce (pizza, of course).
Minneapolis / Saint Paul
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis / Saint Paul Minnesota are a vibrant urban center with a population of about 1.3 million. The Twin Cities consistently ranks highly for best place to live (CNN Money, 2010 and Kiplinger, 2006) and work (MarketWatch, 2007) and even bicycle year-round (Bicycling, 2010, City of Minneapolis). The area also hosts exceptionally well-regarded arts and music communities, diverse activities and entertainment possibilities, clean water and air, and a welcoming community for singles and families.