Part of the fun of a day trip is the journey there and back, and if you take Highway 61 south of the Twin Cities, you can hug the Mississippi River on your way to the state's corner and the Winona area. What do you have when you get there? A beautiful old Main Street, plenty of intriguing places to visit, and an overall charm that permeates the city and surrounding area. For the outdoors lover, there are plenty of parks to explore in the nearby Mississippi River bluffs. For those who are into the arts, museums and galleries are packed with unique creations and insights into the history of the region. Theatergoers can head down in the summer for the Great River Shakespeare Festival, often with one of the Bard's lesser-known works on offer.