Across the southern region of Minnesota you will find a variety of activities and landscapes. The Mississippi River and many small, quiet streams wind their way through scenic valleys nestled among tall, wooded bluffs. The Minnesota River reaches across rich farmland. Here and there are patches of prairie, remnants of the grasslands that once blanketed this land.
The spirit and traditions of the Dakota Indians and early pioneers are recalled at numerous historic sites. Southern Minnesota communities are known for their antique shops, historic architecture and ethnic festivals. Trout streams, fishing lakes, rivers and bike trails provide outdoor fun, and there are even caves for underground exploring. Among the top attractions are the National Eagle Center, Pipestone National Monument, SPAM Museum, Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Commonweal Theatre.
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