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Head down the limestone staircase to view Minneopa Falls / Jim Henderson

From Prairies to Bluff Country

Southern Minnesota is traversed by the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, and by small, quiet streams winding through scenic valleys and tall, wooded bluffs. Explore the vast landscape, from wide-open prairies to idyllic river valleys and hidden waterfalls. 

Tap into the spirit and traditions of the Dakota Indians and early pioneers at numerous historic sites, and visit larger-than-life monuments like Pipestone National Monument. Visit big cities including Rochester, Mankato and Winona, and take in the historic architecture, antique shops and local festivals in between.

A group of kids watching a Chinese lion dance at the Worthington International Festival

A Chinese lion dance at the Worthington International Festival / Jesse Trelstad Daily Globe

Find Unforgettable Fun at Fairs and Festivals

This summer, celebrate the season at some of southern Minnesota’s iconic fairs, festivals and events.

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Sibley Park Zoo

Sibley Park Zoo / Greta Alms

Find a variety of animals and learn something new at these zoos

Hit the road on this iconic route to find charming towns, soaring eagles, delicious treats and must-see Minnesota attractions.

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Girls at Barn Bluff overlook in Red Wing

Barn Bluff overlook in Red Wing is your ticket to an unforgettable view of the city and the Mississippi River / Manda Baldwin

A Family Road Trip on the Great River Road

Hit the road on this iconic route to find charming towns, soaring eagles, delicious treats and must-see Minnesota attractions.

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Winniwissa Falls at Pipestone National Monument

The soft, red rock at Pipestone National Monument has been sacred to Native Americans for centuries / Myra Smisek

Find Camping, Hiking and Native American Heritage in Southwest Minnesota

The Pipestone National Monument, two beautiful state parks and a bison herd are among the sites warranting a road trip to this scenic corner of the state.

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Skyline at sunrise over Silver Lake Rochester

Rochester at sunrise / AB-Photography.US, courtesy Experience Rochester

Check Out Rochester

Find delicious dining, stroll the downtown ARTWalk and take in a live music or theater performance, all in the heart of southern Minnesota’s biggest city.

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