Red Wing is the perfect riverside getaway from Minneapolis. Located at the sharpest navigable bend on the Mississippi River, Red Wing features rich history, beautiful scenery, and a thriving arts community. During your next free weekend, consider a trip from Minneapolis to Red Wing. The driving distance between the two cities is just a little over an hour, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore a new city without venturing far from home. Do you need more reasons to visit Red Wing? Access our complimentary Visitor’s Guide for more local recommendations on the best ways to enjoy Red Wing.
3 Things to Do on a Minneapolis to Red Wing Drive
1. Discover Summit Avenue in Saint Paul
Summit Avenue is just 15 minutes outside of Minneapolis, and it’s a wonderful first stop on your mini road trip. Follow I-94 East until you reach the Lexington Parkway exit for the quickest route. This avenue is the longest street of Victorian homes in the country, featuring historic homes, synagogues, churches, and schools dating back to the early 1850s. Hop out of the car and stroll along this four-and-a-half-mile display of breathtaking architecture. With 373 of the original 440 mansions remaining, there’s no shortage of grand sights to see on this unforgettable walking tour.
2. Visit Downtown Hastings, MN
It only takes half an hour to get to Hastings, Minnesota. You’ll take I-94 East to US-61 until you reach 3rd St W in Hastings. We recommend stretching your legs and walking around Main Street. Hastings is home to excellent antique emporiums, and it’s a great spot to pick up a unique souvenir of your trip. If you’re in town during lunchtime, enjoy a meal at Hastings American Legion. This riverside eatery serves every delicious dish with a side of a Mississippi River view.
3. Have an Outdoor Adventure at Welch Village
On the outskirts of Red Wing, just another half hour from Hastings, you’ll find Welch Village. Take Co Rd 91 and MN-316 S to County 7 Blvd to reach this ski resort. Welch Village is known for its top-notch skiing and snowboarding terrain. You can even enjoy live music, craft brews, and food every Saturday in the winter at 4 p.m. at Jaxx Bar and Grill.
Are you traveling in the summer? From mid-June through the end of September, the village transforms into a downhill mountain bike park. Get ready for an epic downhill race, no matter the season!
Escape to the St. James Hotel
Now that you’ve completed your Minneapolis to Red Wing drive, it’s time to enjoy everything that our city has to offer. Will you start your getaway with a visit to Red Wing Pottery or an evening at the historic Sheldon Theatre? No matter what you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable trip.
When it comes to selecting accommodations for your time in Red Wing, there’s no better place than the St. James Hotel. Our Premium Rooms feature stunning views of the Mississippi River or historic downtown Red Wing. Choose from queen, double queen, or king beds when you reserve your stay. Our hotel guests also enjoy covered parking, plush robes, and three on-site restaurants. What will your St. James story be?