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Bluff Country

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Mississippi River Bluffs near Weaver Bottoms / Paul Vincent

More Than Magnificent Views

Long ago, glacial meltwater carved the deep valleys and limestone bluffs of Bluff Country, leaving a beautiful place in Minnesota’s southeastern corner to experience gentle rivers and streams flowing between high wooded bluffs. From gentle canoeing and scenic bikes to popular hikes and historic sites, Bluff Country’s beauty is sure to leave you breathless.

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Girls at Barn Bluff overlook in Red Wing

Barn Bluff overlook in Red Wing is your ticket to an unforgettable view of the city and the Mississippi River / Manda Baldwin

Hike to New Heights

From Red Wing to Winona, there are countless scenic trails to explore featuring stunning overlooks of the Mississippi River Valley and one of the best places in the country to view bald eagles as well as other spring and fall bird migrations.

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Paddlewheel boat on Lake Pepin

Treat yourself to a scenic cruise of Lake Pepin with a Pearl of the Lake paddlewheel boat tour / Ben Threinen

Riverside Attractions

From paddleboat tours of the Mississippi River, to the Great River Shakespeare Festival, National Eagle Center and Minnesota Marine Art Museum, the Mississippi River Valley offers a plethora of places to stop and explore. 

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Biking Root River bike trail Lanesboro

Root River bike trail, Lanesboro

The Root River Trail

The Root River State Trail is a paved 42-mile adventure that begins in Fountain and ends in Houston, with plenty of alluring stops along the way, from the impressive Mystery Cave to several impossibly charming towns. 

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Actors on stage at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona

"Comedy of Errors" at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, directed by Melissa Rain Anderson / Dan Norman

Music & Art Festivals

Whether you’re a fan of bluegrass, indie rock, symphonies or Shakespeare, there’s never been a better time to visit Winona. So call some friends, pack your bags, and discover one of the Midwest’s most surprising art scenes.

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