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World Atlas 12 Unforgettable Small Towns in Minnesota is highlighting a pair of SE Minnesota communities in their tour of 12 unforgettable small towns in Minnesota.

The list highlights well-preserved historic buildings and main streets, and encourages travellers to discover the communities deep cultural roots and connections to the land through mining, immigrant heritage, and outdoor recreation.

Red Wing’s description includes a review that highlights the historic charm that made it a vital river town in the late 19th century and it maintains a rich small-town vibe. It notes local shops on Main Street and in the West End District. also highlights Barn Bluff, the river valley, and touring the Victorian-style Goodhue County Historical Society.

Wabasha makes the list as well, being called one of the best preserved 19th-century river towns in the Midwest. Its downtown contains numerous buildings, including Anderson House and the National Eagle Center, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The description also mentions the Great River Road National Scenic Byway winding along the cliff tops offering panoramic views stretching for miles and history buffs can tour landmarks like the 2010 Wabasha County Courthouse.

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