Destinations Along the Byway

Located along the meandering Minnesota River, the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway is a destination in itself. Close your eyes and image becoming an explorer for a day.

From Browns Valley to Belle Plaine along the Minnesota River, the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway has six state parks with trails, natural beauty and history,  important museums and historic sites that tell stories of war and settlement, and pristine prairie that holds the secrets of the past.

The Destinations are your guideposts as you travel through the Minnesota River Valley.  You will not want to miss these sites, which also provide visitor information and services.  Also, there are many off-the-beaten-path stops that we call Discovery Sites. To see all of our discovery sites, view sections of the byway below, or go to Things to Do.  For a complete list of our sites, go to Sites Along the Byway.


Choose An area you Want to explore on the map

Or take the whole byway for the best adventure!

Not sure where you want to go? Get suggestions on the Itineraries page or view a list of the sites under Things to Do.


Find the Attractions you want to visit

Hover or click on Destination Map Iconfor more information on each stop. Use + and – to zoom.

Too many attractions to pick from? The filter helps you sort by topics such as Natural History and the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862, or go to the Things To Do map and filter by activities such as museums, birding or paddling.


Know where to go but want to add options to your route?

We also have alternative routes for you!

The Minnesota River Valley has so many beautiful roads that we identified alternative routes for your adventures along the Minnesota River. Some have sections of gravel too, so we’ve identified that as well.


100 N Riverfront Dr | Mankato, MN, 56220

35889 E Meadowbrook | Ortonville, MN, 56278

Nestled on the shores of Big Stone Lake, or Bde Iŋyaŋ Takiŋyaŋyaŋ, this state park offers visitors a quiet camping experience complete with fishing, swimming, hiking and bird watching.

44843 687th Avenue, County Highway 19 | Odessa, MN, 56276

Drive or bike the auto tour where you can enjoy the granite outcrops, wetlands and woodlands, prairie.

985 U.S. 12 | Ortonville, MN, 56278

Built on the site of Paul Bunyan’s anchor, this museum features many treasures of the past and interpretations about life as a pioneer.

151 Pioneer Drive | Montevideo, MN, 56265

Upper Sioux Community and Prairie's Edge Casino and Hotel Camping Destination Eating

5722 Travers Ln | Granite Falls, MN, 56241

Jct of Renville Cty Hwy 2 and Hwy 18 | Morton, MN, 56270

333 S Washington | Redwood Falls, MN, 56283

Renville County Historical Museum Destination Interpretation Museum U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

441 N Park Dr | Morton, MN, 56270

Lower Sioux Community and Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel Camping Destination Eating Interpretation

39527 Res Hwy 1 | Morton, MN, 56270

The Lower Sioux Indian Community is a federally recognized Indian tribe and is host of the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel.

32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 | Morton, MN, 56270

72158 County Road 30 | Fairfax, MN, 55332

2 N Broadway St | New Ulm, MN, 56073

54497 Gadwall Rd | Mankato, MN, 56001

Blue Earth County History Center and Museum Destination Interpretation Museum Shopping U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

424 Warren Street | Mankato, MN, 56001

Winter Warrior and Memorial Marker Biking Destination Interpretation U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

209 N Riverfront Dr | Mankato, MN, 56001

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota Destination Eating Interpretation Museum Natural History

224 Lamm Street | Mankato,, MN, 56001

This is Southern Minnesota’s most immersive and hands-on museum for kids.

Treaty Site History Center and Nicollet County Museum, Traverse des Sioux Historic Site Destination Interpretation Museum U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

1851 N. Minnesota Ave. | St. Peter, MN, 56082

28238 Nature Center Ln | Henderson, MN, 56044

Joseph R. Brown Heritage Society and Minnesota River Center Destination Interpretation Museum Natural History U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

600 Main Street | Henderson, MN, 56044

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