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Address: Winona, MN
Activities: Driving
Description: Considered one of the most scenic drives in America.

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It really is a wonderful weekend getaway.

We literally just took off one weekend with no plans and ended up on the great river road. We start at La Crosse and just head north. There is always something going on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Iowa
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We literally just took off one weekend with no plans and ended up on the great river road. We start at La Crosse and just head north. There is always something going on somewhere. If we see nothing interesting going on, we keep driving, because there will be something going on up the road somewhere. FYI, our favorite stop for... More 

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Dundas, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The views are always beautiful. Nothing not to like. Stopped at a boat landing for a breather and snack, viewing the river and wildlife.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

For those in Minnesota and yet to do the Pacific Coastal Highway US61 is the best alternative. River on one side and bluffs on the other end. There are a few attractions enroute when you are returning from la Crosse to Twin cities like Wabasha eagle center, pick wick mill, Funnel House , lock and Dam , lake Pepin and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

If you want to have a day trip that will take your breath away take advantage of the scenery and majestic bluffs that will await your eyes as you drive down Minnesota's Highway 61with the bluffs on one side of the highway and the river to your other side the grandeur of the vistas are not to be missed!!

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

While there was construction going on while we drove from the Twin Cities to Winona, the drive was still absolutely gorgeous. Full of beautiful views of the water and bluffs. Will definitely go back in the fall to see the colors changing!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 339 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We were driving from Milwaukee to Minneapolis and this detour meant an extra half hour but it was worth it. Very relaxing though not many places to get food along the way. Many scenic vistas and historical markers. I would imagine it's best in Fall but we did see 3 eagles and lots of greenery.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This is a great drive from Winona to Minneapolis/St. Paul. All up and down the river you can find beautiful scenery and great small towns to visit with great local flavor and history. In the Winter and Spring you can always find Bald Eagles and the colors in the Fall are amazing. Summer offers beautiful vistas of the river and... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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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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Address: Winona, MN
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Winona

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