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U.S. Highway 61

Winona, MN
+1 651-565-4989
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Wonderful, scenic drive!

I grew up in Winona, but when I go back, I always fly to Minneapolis and then rent a car so I can... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Judith H
Dallas, Texas
Impressive bluffs along Misissipi River.

Route along river includes high bluffs and fine views of the river. Lake Pepin is on the route... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Duluth, MN
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Considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
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Winona, MN
+1 651-565-4989
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I grew up in Winona, but when I go back, I always fly to Minneapolis and then rent a car so I can have the pleasure of driving along Hwy 61, the aptly named Great River Road. You'll drive along the Mississippi, which isn't visible...More

Thank Judith H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Route along river includes high bluffs and fine views of the river. Lake Pepin is on the route. Hard to beat this drive. Summer is better than winter.;

Thank harveymarvey
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

Dylan wrote about it, Winona, Red Wing, Lake City, Wabasha, Hastings and White Bear Lake all have it right..... The best sites, trees, forests, hills, unique authentic restaurants. Don't forget 61's other friend the Great River Road from Prescott to Fountain City through LaCrosse to...More

1  Thank Froomcat
Reviewed May 7, 2017

Always a gorgeous drive when the sun is out! Eagles up & down the river, the mighty Mississippi, open sky - what a treat

Thank Krups77
Reviewed March 27, 2017 via mobile

We drive US 61 pretty often. It is normally a well maintained road. We often take it from Wabasha to the Twin Cities. Wabasha to Red Wing is a two lane portion of the road. The gas station in Frontenac is closed. We also drive...More

Thank Matt G
Reviewed February 12, 2017 via mobile

(Bob Dylan) 61 is a great drive. Take your time, stop often, and enjoy the scene. The drive from Lake City south is beautiful in any season.

Thank jim T
Reviewed December 21, 2016

US 61 from the Twin cities south basically runs along the Mississippi River and the CP railway that includes the route Amtrak uses. You will see the Bluffs, farms, river, trains along with cities from very small to over 100,000 all with many tips of...More

Thank Todd T
Reviewed October 18, 2016

If you want to see what a beautiful creation we have, take hwy 61 from Wabasha, MN to Lacrosse, Wi. You will see 400 ft. bluffs, the Mississippi, eagles and lots of other wildlife. The road is an easy 4-lane and follows the Mississippi R....More

1  Thank DAVID F
Reviewed October 11, 2016

We were staying in Winona and took a drive on Highway 61. It is impressive for the views. We were there for the spectacular fall colors and the whole route that we drove was beautiful, as it does go along the river and the bluffs.

Thank Allen21096
Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Highway 61 from Redwing, MN to Prairie Du Chien, WI. Is amazing. Drive both of the MN and WI sides if you get a chance - for the amazing river views and small towns, including La Crescent, MN; Alma, WI; and Prairie Du Chien, WI....More

1  Thank Pamela P
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