All across southern Minnesota there are stories of travel and movement from place to place. Here we share some interesting new routes to travel as you explore our history.

The itineraries below will lead the way for your journey and can generally be used as a whole, or in part for a shorter trip.

Owatonna to Red Wing
83 miles total

The SoMN region boasts over 150 entries on the National Register of Historic Places. This itinerary can be followed in four to six hours.

1. Start at the Steele County Historical Society in Owatonna, then visit

  • National Farmer’s Bank
  • Owatonna City and Firemen’s Hall
  • Pillsbury Academy Campus Historic District

2. Work your way toward Faribault where you will see

3. Now head toward Nerstrand to view

  • Valley Grove Church
  • Veblen Farmstead

4. In Dennison, visit

  • Vang Lutheran Church

5. Finish up in Red Wing