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Downtown New Ulm looks like a winter postcard / Kyle Krenz

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.

SPAM museum exterior

Meet Minnesota's favorite meat at the SPAM Museum in Austin / Eileen Chao

Home of

The SPAM Museum

Learn about the beloved product's history and SPAMple it for yourself at the namesake museum in this charming southern Minnesota town.

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Domeier's red brick store exterior in the snow

Domeier's store in winter, New Ulm / Kyle Krenz

Boutique Shopping

Charming Main Streets

From Red Wing to New Ulm and 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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Marine Art Museum photography exhibit

Photography exhibit at the Marine Art Museum, Winona

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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Winter fat biking Northfield

Fat biking the Sechler Park River Bottoms Trail in Northfield / Anna Min

Must-Try

Winter Adventures

Ski, snowshoe, skate, bike, ice climb, fish, repeat! Layer up and get out there; these eight must-try outdoor adventures in southern Minnesota are calling you!

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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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