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Visit Winona Minnesota, one of the most beautiful towns along the Great River Road. 

Visit Winona Minnesota

This historic city is nestled between limestone bluffs and the Mississippi River. It is the largest river town below St. Paul. Winona means "first born daughter" in the Dakota language. 

Sugar Loaf Mountain, visible from everywhere in the city, is a monument to the town's early quarrying industry.

The historical museum in Winona is impressive. You can explore some of best displays of the lumbering and steamboat industries that were foundational to the building of Minnesota. The town was founded by a steamboat captain.

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  • The Alexander Mansion Bed & Breakfast offers elaborately appointed Victorian rooms and a five-course breakfast. Relax on the screened porch.
  • Victorian style Carriage House Bed and Breakfast was built by lumber baron Conrad Bohn. A Model-A Ford is sometimes available for touring.
  • Windom Park Bed & Breakfast is a Colonial Revival home built in 1900. Enjoy the impeccably appointed public rooms. 
Winona Minnesota Lodging: Choose from fourteen hotels and B&Bs and six vacation rentals.

Visit Winona Minnesota Attractions

Visit Winona Minnesota

Don't miss the impressive Basilica of Saint Stanislaus Kostka topped by a silver dome. Windom Park is surrounded by some of Winona's most elegant Victorian homes. The bronze statue in the park represents the Dakota woman for whom the city is named.

The Watkins Heritage Museum is an interesting history of the company's development since Dr. Ward sold his products from a horse-drawn carriage. 

Winona is one of the most historically interesting towns in this part of Minnesota. Over 100 buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop in at the visitor center and Historical Museum for a map.

Come for the Great River Shakespeare Festival from June - August. During the festival you can also enjoy free concerts on the grounds of the State University. 

Garver Heights City Park is a recommended Mississippi River overlook on your Great River Road Trip.

Winona Minnesota Attractions: See things to do and places to go in Winona.

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The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is housed in a remarkable building beside the river. Explore fifteen galleries of art.

One gallery is dedicated to Impressionist and Hudson River School paintings by artists that include paintings by Renoir, O'Keefe, Monet, and Picasso.

The Museum is located in a turn-of-the-century-style building and landscaped with more than 60,000 native plants.

The Marine Art Museum is a recommended river attraction on your Great River Road Minnesota Road Trip.

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You will also want to visit the Polish Cultural Institute and Museum and the Winona County History Center. The history center is located in a historic building that features three floors of exhibits.  

The Winona area is a great cross-country-skiing destination. You can ski on the frozen Root River, and in many of the areas state parks. 

Visit Winona Minnesota Area State Parks

Great River Bluffs State Park - Drive south from Winona on Highway 61 to just past Mile Marker 15. Turn right on County Road 3 and drive 4 miles to the park entrance. The vistas from this park offer some of the best views of the Mississippi River. Views of the valley to the south are also stunning. If you want to hike, the 2.5 mile King's Bluff Nature Trail is a good choice. 

Beaver Creek Valley State Park The valley is filled with hardwood forest interspersed with patches of native prairie. If you are interested in fly-fishing, this state park offers trophy-size brown and brook trout.

John A. Latsch State Park  is located along the Mississippi River. Five hundred feet above the river, there are three prominent bluffs called Faith, Hope, and Charity. Years ago, steamboat captains on the river used these high bluffs as navigation points.  

Frontenac State Park is a bit further up the road and near Red Wing. Views of the river are glorious here as are the leaves in autumn.

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