No matter which direction you turn, who you’re talking to, or what you’re doing, you can find yourself in the midst of beauty. This especially goes for Winona, and it’s one of the millions of reasons why this city is so awesome!

It’s no surprise the city of Winona ranked in The Culture Trip’s 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Minnesota. It’s home to some of the most beautiful sites and richest stories, and if you’re new to the area you might not know where to look.

Here’s a list of the seven most beautiful things in Winona, and they’re definitely worth looking into:

  1. Sugarloaf

Sugar Loaf mountain at the top of the Mississippi River bluffs

From experiencing its glow as you drive into Winona, or basking in the view it holds as you stand 85 feet into the sky at its top – Sugarloaf is a defining landmark for the city.

2. Garvin Heights

No matter how you get to the top, hiking or driving, you’re sure to enjoy the incredible view. Looking straight ahead you can see WSU’s campus and Winona’s neighboring cities.

3. The Levee

People gather at Levee Park

Photo by: Mary Farrel

A stop on your way to the river, at Levee Park you can get a view of the bridge, grab a bite to eat at the Boat House Restaurant or head straight to the water to dip your toes in.

4. The Mighty Mississippi

A bridge extends across the Mississippi River

You can enjoy the Mississippi River that flows along Winona in an abundance of ways–boating, fishing, heading over to the beach or camping shoreside. WSU students can also experience the river on the Cal Fremling boat, which serves as a floating classroom!

5. WSU’s Campus

Winona State’s campus is known for its beauty. Vines cover the historical buildings, flowers and trees fill campus, and the Gazebo stands at its center.

Perhaps you’ve seen campus many times already – but have you ever stopped to notice the details on the outside of buildings and the nature engulfing our campus?

6. The Lakes

A large sign says "Winona" in front of the big lake

There is a big lake and small lake, both of which include paths around them. You can get in the water and enjoy a day of paddle boarding or canoeing, or stay dry and play frisbee golf or travel the total 5.3 miles around both lakes. No matter what, you’ll be enjoying the beautiful bluffs that reflect off the lakes when you venture there.

7. The Bluffs

WSU students stand on a ledge in the bluffs looking out over Winona

Photo Credit: Amy Nelson ’20

Of course – what comes to mind when you think of scenery in Winona! Standing tall and green in the summers, spreading marvelous colors in the fall, presenting beautiful snow-covered branches in the winter and blooming life in the spring, the bluffs surrounding Winona are always full of beauty.

It just doesn’t get better than that.

Updated by Elizabeth Meinders

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Lauren Reuteler

Lauren graduated in 2018 with a BS degree in Elementary Education with a Child Advocacy Studies minor. She is from Champlin, MN and her hobbies include photography, traveling and hanging out with friends and family.