Jefferson's Monument is a hike, but has a great view once you get there. Happy Girl said this was her favorite one.
Throughout the city, I was noticing these beautiful flowering trees that were in full bloom. Since we were there in mid-August all the plantings and florals were full and at their peak. There was definitely a color scheme of reds/hot pinks that continued throughout. I later found out these trees are Crepe Myrtle. Don't know if they are Minnesota zoned.
Mr. Fix-it arranged for us to get a guided tour througout the Capital, which was very informative and interesting, since I had never been there before, either! In true "mom" fashion, I arranged for everyone to wear red, white, and blue, so we could snap our Christmas photo outside of the Capital! ;)