Minnesota River Run Chaska to Mankato along the lower Minnesota River Valley

Le Sueur, Minnesota

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A 70-mile roller coaster ride shadowing the Minnesota River from Chaska to Mankato. Lightly traveled county roads repeatedly scale and descend the river’s heavily wooded bluffs, passing through fertile farmland, pioneer hamlets, and dense bottomland forest. Pit stops in the historic towns of Le Sueur (home of the Jolly Green Giant) and St. Peter. Special attractions: Lush, rolling countryside with panoramic views of Minnesota River Valley; home of W. W. Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester; Gustavus Adolphus College and the site of a landmark treaty with Dakota Indians in St. Peter; spectacular double waterfall, 1860s-vintage windmill, and prairie wildflowers at Minneopa State Park near Mankato. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Minnesota

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Scenic Driving Minnesota

by Phil Davies (Falcon Guides)

A 70-mile roller coaster ride shadowing the Minnesota River from Chaska to Mankato. Lightly traveled county roads repeatedly scale and descend the river’s heavily wooded bluffs, passing through fertile farmland, pioneer hamlets, and dense bottomland forest. Pit stops in the historic towns of Le Sueur (home of the Jolly Green Giant) and St. Peter.

Special attractions: Lush, rolling countryside with panoramic views of Minnesota River Valley; home of W. W. Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester; Gustavus Adolphus College and the site of a landmark treaty with Dakota Indians in St. Peter; spectacular double waterfall, 1860s-vintage windmill, and prairie wildflowers at Minneopa State Park near Mankato. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Phil Davies/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Le Sueur
Distance: 70
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Minneopa State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Minnesota River Run: Chaska to Mankato along the lower Minnesota River Valley

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