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Southern Minnesota

Rent skates or BYO to Lake Winona in southeast Minnesota / Visit Winona

From Prairies to Bluff Country

Southern Minnesota is traversed by the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, and by small, quiet streams winding through scenic valleys and tall, wooded bluffs. Explore the vast landscape, from wide-open prairies to idyllic river valleys and hidden waterfalls. 

Tap into the spirit and traditions of the Dakota Indians and early pioneers at numerous historic sites, and visit larger-than-life monuments like Pipestone National Monument. Visit big cities including Rochester, Mankato and Winona, and take in the historic architecture, antique shops and local festivals in between.

Downtown Lanesboro main street in winter

Lanesboro is a charming destination any time of year / Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce

Boutique Shopping

Charming Main Streets

From Red Wing to New Ulm to Montevideo, historic main streets across southern Minnesota are the place to find one-of-a-kind housewares, clothing, antiques and gifts with that special local touch.

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Couple cross country skiing on the Root River Trail in the Lanesboro area

Cross country skiing on the Root River Trail

Natural Wonders

Scenic Bluff Country

Carved by ancient glaciers, the deep valleys and limestone bluffs of Bluff Country feature gentle rivers and streams flowing through woods that are perfect for skiing, biking, hiking and more.

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National Eagle Center

National Eagle Center, Wabasha

Enriching Experiences

Must-See Museums

From fine art and cherished literature to witnessing bald eagles in the wild, these five museums celebrate the natural and cultural diversity of southern Minnesota.

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A fishing boat on a lake at sunset in Fairmont

Fishing on George Lake in Fairmont

Exit-Worthy

I-90 Adventures

Windsurfing in Worthington, stargazing in Austin and fly fishing in Albert Lea are just a few of the exciting exit-worthy activities along southern Minnesota’s iconic I-90.

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Skyline at sunrise over Silver Lake Rochester

Rochester at sunrise / AB-Photography.US, courtesy Experience Rochester

The Med City

Check Out Rochester

Belly up to an ice bar, stroll the halls of an opulent mansion and take in a spectacular performance, all in the heart of southern Minnesota's biggest city.

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Bisonte en el Parque Estatal Blue Mounds

Bisonte en el Parque Estatal Blue Mounds

Unique Attractions

Surprising Sites

Picturesque farmsteads, roaming bison herds, charming small towns and a former railroad turned museum are just a few of the unique attractions you’ll find in the southwest corner of the state.

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