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U.S. Highway 61

Address: Winona, MN
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Ranked #7 of 17 Attractions in Winona
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
Owner description: Considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
Owner description: Considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Oh wow. The drive down highway 61 especially between Red WIng and Winona is breath taking. The leaves were starting to change. The bluffs are always beautiful. It's close enough to the Twin Cities for a day trip. Plenty of places to stop and have a bite to eat.

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Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Our son is attendind his senior year of college in Winona and we always take Highway 61 from the the Twin Cities when we go down to visit him. The colors are gorgeous this time of year, but it's always a beautiful drive all year long along the river. We'll miss this drive once he graduates and moves on. Worth... More 

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phoenix
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216 reviews 216 reviews
108 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I was quite impressed while making this scenic drive on the great river road (hwy 61) on the minnesota side from LaCrescent to Hasting. The highway by/Lake CityWinona/Red Wing/Wabasha is scenic and beautiful. Take your time and get off at each time to explore. They are all unique and have some special to offer.

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Topeka
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89 reviews 89 reviews
16 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We took the drive from Red Wing as far as Winona and the bluffs on the side of the river were gorgeous! We also stopped to see Lock and Dam No 5 and this us worth stopping to see how the ships and boats enter thru. Plenty of places to pull off and see the river along the way! Beautiful... More 

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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301 reviews 301 reviews
144 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This is a route I have travled so many times it's easy to forget to really look around and enjoy the stunning scenery. I have traveled from the start of the Mississippi to the end and this is arguably the best stretch. The distances you can see and the bluffs on the Wisconsin side are all marvelous. Although I would... More 

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Winona, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

It is the most beautiful drives in the midwest. Even in the dead of winter it is stunning. Eagles have made a real comeback and that is evident along this drive. While driving between Minneapolis and LaCrosse it isn't unusual to see dozens of eagles.

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Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This was not the route we had originally planned, but once we started to drive along the Mississippi River and saw numerous geese, ducks, and eagles - along with the beautiful views, we did not want to leave it. There were so many beautiful white pelicans - I had no idea they could be seen so far north.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

From Red Wing to LaCrosse, this is a pretty trip winding along the river with ample gas and snack access, and always an eagle or two to take your breath away. A better suggestion is to leave the traffic, cross the river to Wisconsin and take hwy 35 along the same river through a string of quaint little river towns... More 

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Roseau, Minnesota
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76 reviews 76 reviews
32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

I have driven this highway from one end to the other. The vistas of the mighty Mississippi and Lake Superior are a feast for the eyes. This is not a road anyone should ever plan on driving in a short time span --- there would be far too much beauty left unenjoyed.

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Alma, Wisconsin, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Beautiful drive along the Mississippi..The great bluffs and colors in the fall are magnificent..Lots of tourists drive it for the beauty

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