10 Amazing Minnesota Small Towns You Have To Visit


Even though 60% of Minnesota’s population resides in the Twin Cities, the state hosts some of the most scenic and picturesque towns in the nation. Southeastern Minnesota is well represented in a new Life in Minnesota list of 10 Amazing Minnesota Small Towns You Have To Visit.


Red Wing was placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s distinctive destinations list for its “impressive architecture and enviable natural environment”. Bathed in historic beauty this impressive little city has an abundance of recreational activities, museums, breweries, wineries, restaurants and shops to keep you busy.


Settled in the mid-1800s, Lake City is situated on Lake Pepin. Recreational activities abound in this small town with plenty of opportunities to view the gorgeous scenery. Lake City is host to many hiking and biking trails where you can tour the lake and town or head into the woods for some solitude.


Home to Sugar Loaf, one of Minnesota’s most famous natural landmarks, the town of Winona was a bustling city in the 1800s focused on steamboats, railroads, wheat, and lumber and is now a historic city known for its art culture, architecture, festivals, and outdoor recreation.


Northfield is historically known for the infamous James-Younger gang bank robbery of 1876. During the robbery, the townspeople fought back against Jesse James and the other outlaws to protect the First National Bank, a building that still stands today. The town offers a variety of outdoor activities, farm markets, breweries, wineries, distilleries, and gardens, as well as a number of preserved historic sites.

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