All eyes are on the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Minneapolis, where the 2022 national champion will be crowned.

From snacks that fuel the fire to post-game celebrations, see below for the Big Dance recs that both shoot and score:

  • Slam Dunk Sips & Bites: Travelers can find fun trick shots at the Midtown Global Market, a bustling international market with food & crafts from around the world, and several trendy food halls across the city. For buzzer beater-worthy dining experiences, Restaurant Alma and Sooki & Mimi are award-winning restaurants that offer slam dunk bites and sips.
  • Stay & Play: Unwind between games at Rand Tower Hotel, the art deco hotel located right in the heart of downtown, or Hewing Hotel, an independent boutique hotel located in a century-old brick-and-timber warehouse. Celebrate a win at the historic grand St. Paul Hotel or the new Omni Viking Lakes, which features Nordic architectural traditions and a luxurious spa. 
  • MVP Celebrations: Celebrate Minnesota legends off the court at the Mary Tyler Moore statue – honoring the character who turned the world on with her smile, Paisley Park – the Purple Rain singer’s estate and studio turned into must-see museum for fans, and the Instagram-worthy Bob Dylan mural – the largest public artwork by street artist Eduardo Kobra honoring the Minnesota legend. 
  • Half Time Cool Down: Explore the area in between games and visit the country’s largest mall – Mall of America, which features 520 stores, a 13-screen movie theater, an indoor theme park, a simulator ride that “soars” over national landmarks and a whole lot more. Guests can also visit the Mill City neighborhood along the Mississippi River before exploring internationally-renowned art museums.

For more on what to do in Minneapolis and St. Paul during the final four, please see here