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Minnesota's Great River Road: 4 must-visit destinations for families

Abdi Isaaq

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Are you planning a family road trip on the great river road on the weekend? Here are four places that you need to visit during your family road trip on the great river road:

- Hiking and History in Red Wing

Barn Bluff Regional Park in Red Wing is the first site on tour. The 2.9-mile climb will take you to the top of a limestone bluff, where you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the river and city. The Red Wing Shoe Company Museum, located on Main Street, is home to the famed Minnesota brand and the World's Largest Boot, which you can see up close.

- Visiting the National Eagle Center

Outside the river, the bald eagles swept over you. You can go to the National Eagle Center to learn more. You can see the fantastic river view from the floor to the top windows; you can also meet the center's resident bald and golden eagles.

- Antique Toys and Lunch in Wabasha-Kellog

Go to the Wabasha-Kellogg neighborhood south to the eccentric toy shop Lark Toys, a fun, and ancient toy museum portion. After a ride on the rough carousel of hardwood wood, you can dine in Wabasha, the center of Slippery, famed for its appearance in "Grumpy Old Men" (one of the most famous movies filmed in Minnesota).

- A Sweet Stop in Winona

At Bloedow Bakery in downtown Winona, you may end up on your small family road trip. A bakery shop in Minnesota is available, and you can take a couple of baked cookies and buy a frosted cookie for the drive home.

The Great River Road offers terrific opportunities for all travelers. Take a road trip to one of Minnesota's many attractive Mississippi River towns, ride the Mississippi River Trail from Itasca State Park to the Gulf of Mexico, or camp at Great River Bluffs State Park for breathtaking views of the Mississippi.

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