Welcome to Southern Minnesota
Atmospheric towns on the water include Stillwater (antique laden), Red Wing (known for its Red Wing Shoes – actually more like sturdy boots – and salt glaze pottery) and Wabasha (where eagles flock). More intriguing little burgs also pop up along this stretch of the Great River Rd, the scenic thoroughfare that clasps the Mississippi River. Pull over for a slice of pie or kitschy garden gnome shop whenever the mood strikes.
Inland and south, Bluff Country is dotted with pretty limestone cliffs and teeny villages. Lanesboro is a gem for rails-to-trails cycling. Harmony, south of Lanesboro, is the center of an Amish community and another welcoming spot.
The twine ball and Spam Museum are farther flung, but intrepid road trippers can seek them out.