If you are looking for spectacular scenic beauty, remarkable arts and culture, stunning architecture, abundant outdoor recreation, fun festivals, and museums, Winona would be your ideal travel destination. Located on the Great River Road Scenic Byway 61 in Southeastern Minnesota, Winona is nestled between covered limestone bluffs that rise 500 feet and the Mississippi River.

Winona’s favorable spot on the Mississippi made it an early commerce center for lumber, milling and transportation, bringing the city fabulous wealth by the 1880’s. As a result, many lavish structures were built, often incorporating extensive stained glass windows designed by the world’s finest craftsmen. Many of these buildings, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, are still standing and remain symbols of that powerful era. Most notably: Merchants’ Bank, Winona National Bank, Watkins Administrative Building, and the Winona County Courthouse.

Home to the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Frozen River Film Festival, Midwest Music Fest, Boats and Bluegrass, world-class Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and award-winning Winona County History Center, Winona has gained great acclaim as a mecca for arts and culture. Don’t miss popular attractions such as Watkins Museum, Polish Museum, and scenic Garvin Heights Vineyard (a member of the Great River Road Wine Trail).

Visitors to Winona have an abundance of outdoor activities to choose from all year round. Biking, hiking, boating, fishing, birding and golfing in the spring/summer, and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice-fishing in the fall/winter, are just some of the many recreational activities in this southeastern playground. The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is headquartered in

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