The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., is where speeches will be delivered and Sen. John McCain's nomination formalized, but around it is an inviting metropolitan area to explore. (Associated Press)
Seen here at a Senate hearing in December 1992 long before either ran for president, Sen. John Kerry (left) listens to Sen. John McCain. Mr. Kerry offered Mr. McCain the No. 2 spot on his ticket in 2004, but now says he is not fit for the White House.