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Garvin Heights

Winona, MN
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Ranked #2 of 19 attractions in Winona
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Viewing foliage, Driving
Description: A scenic overlook where visitors can see from Lake Pepin to Mount Trempealeau.
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English first
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Easy to get to. We went in there evening and morning asks it was pretty hazy so visibility was limited. But I would recommend a visit if in the area.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

The winding road to the top is a fun drive (if you don't want to walk, of course), and you are rewarded with some spectacular views at the top. If you are in the area, or even driving through, be sure to stop - it won't take up much of your time, and you'll be glad you did.

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Lino Lakes, Minnesota, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Short 500 ft hike to breath taking views over city of Winona. Sunset is incredible!! We stop here every time we are in town

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Easy to get to, and the drive from the bottom of the hill to the top is half the fun. Once you park at the top, a short walk (wheelchair accessible) to the lookout. Definitely recommended, either as the first thing you do upon arriving in Winona or the last thing you do prior to leaving. The only thing that... More

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Normal, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Driving up to Garvin Heights is good, but if you take the trail (there is parking near the beginning of the trail) up, it is totally worth it! It has some great scenery, cool trees to climb, amazingly restored prairie land, and very cool geology!

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Sydney, Australia
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307 attraction reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Worth the trip up to gaze down upon this river town. Very popular place and the handy plaques let you know what you are looking at. Must do in Winona.

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MN
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

My husband and I drove up to Garvin Heights for the view of Winona down below. You will see why it's called the "Island City". Quick drive..great view! Def recommend it for anyone.

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Winona, Minnesota, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Hiked up Garvin with friends, it is a great workout. The views from the top are just breath taking. I would recommend visiting!

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Winona, Minnesota
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

You can park near the bottom of the bluff and then find a marked footpath to the top. It's a great quick workout. You can get up and down within a half hour though be prepared to hike MANY stairs for the second half of the trip up and to go right back down them on the way back. The... More

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Keuka Park, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

beautiful panorama of the Mississippi river. Difficult for folks with canes to navigate though. There is a rather steep walkway. if you take your time it is worth the trip

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