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U.S. Highway 61

Winona, MN
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Ranked #9 of 19 Attractions in Winona
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: Considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
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Topeka
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84 reviews 84 reviews
16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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281 reviews 281 reviews
134 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Minneapolis
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74 reviews 74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This is a beautiful drive with the bluffs and the river. The fall colors were about 50% but still beautiful. Lots of nice places to pull off south of Lake City. There are quite a few fun places to visit on the way like the Eagle center and Lark Toys.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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68 reviews 68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The upper Mississippi is a whole different animal than the Mississippi one finds in the South. This road, which we traversed from the Minneapolis area to Winona, will give you a whole new perspective on this gem. Take a break in Lake City, and enjoy the views across Lake Pepin (which you will learn is not really a lake at... More

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The drive on Hwy 61 between La Crescent, Minnesota and Winona, Minnesota is one of the most beautiful in the country. To your left will be majestic bluffs and to your right is the Mississippi River with islands and wildlife to fill your senses.

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