Discover the Minnesota River Valley and unlock a piece of American history.


You cannot understand American history without knowing about the Minnesota River Valley. The Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway traverses the ancient remnants of what was once one of the largest rivers to ever exist. Along the way, it uncovers stories from the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 that left hundreds dead and exiled a nation. Today travelers wind their way through vibrant small towns, Dakota communities, historic sites and scenic overlooks.

Read the stories that visitors and residents have submitted about the Minnesota River Valley or share your own story.

And enjoy your discoveries along the way!


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Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway