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Visiting Minnesota

Piperstone National Monument, the Commonwealth Theater, and the National Eagle Center- say hello to Southern Minnesota. With rivers that wind through scenic valleys and small quaint towns, the landscape found in Southern Minnesota offers a variety of rich farmland, patches of prairies and blanketed grasslands. From the Minnesota River Valley and Mississippi Bluff Country to Prairie Land and the Southern Lakes, travelers will be surprised at how much there is to see and do when visiting this region. Antique shopping, fishing in trout streams, and walking amongst the state's historic architecture are just a few of the things that Southern Minnesota has to offer. And with Best Western offering more than 20 hotels in Southern Minnesota there are plenty of reasons to visit and feel right at home.

Welcome to SPAMTOWN U.S.A. Austin, Minnesota is home to Hormel Foods Corporation, manufacturer of SPAM. Tour the factory and see if you can find out what SPAM is really made from. Or visit the SPAM Museum and learn about the meat's history as well as the background of its inventors. Proud of its namesake, every July 4th Austin has the “Spam Jam”- a carnival-like celebration with parades and fireworks often inspired by the famous lunch meat.

Go see what’s brewing in New Ulm, where Minnesotans have been crafting brews for centuries. Visit the August Schell Brewery, the nation's second-oldest family owned brewery. Take a tour of the plant and sample some of America’s finest beers, like Grain Belt and Grain Belt Premium Light. Or enjoy a cold one while dinning Deutsche-style. Most New Ulm restaurants serve traditional German meals, from sauerbraten, to landjaegers and sauerkraut. A New Ulm favorite is Bratwurst and Beer - Otto’s Feirerhaus and Bierstube Dining has the best - stop in for a beer and a brat.

Southern Minnesota has several vibrant wineries tucked into the landscapes of wooded hills. Stop by the Cannon River Winery in downtown Cannon Falls, near several antique shops, bed and breakfast’s, and the Cannon Valley Trail. The Cannon River Winery welcomes visitors five days a week and offers tastings when open. Or check out Whitewater Wines - a small rural winery in Southeast Minnesota. With a tasting room set in prairie and woodland walking trails, visiting Whitewater makes for a lovely day. The Garvin Heights Vineyards near the Mississippi River Valley is also a winner, and evokes the taste and beauty of the region. GHV is apart of the Great River Road Wine Trail.

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13 Best Western Hotels
in Minnesota

  • Best Western Plus Albert Lea I-90/I-35 Hotel

    Albert Lea

  • Best Western Alexandria Inn


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  • Best Western Plus Holland House

    Detroit Lakes

  • Best Western Premier The Lodge on Lake Detroit

  • Best Western Plus Spirit Mountain Duluth


  • Best Western Plus Dakota Ridge


  • Best Western Eden Prairie Inn

    Eden Prairie

  • Best Western Plus Superior Inn

    Grand Marais

  • Best Western Hotel & Restaurant


  • Best Western Rivertown Hotel & Suites

    Red Wing

  • Best Western Shakopee Inn


  • Best Western Plus Willmar


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