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Situated in southern Minnesota, the RV campgrounds of Rochester/Marion KOA give guests the opportunity to easily explore several states in the Midwest region including Iowa and Wisconsin. This prime location allows visitors to the area to get a true sense of the beauty and majesty of the Midwest. And to make you stay even more comfortable, you can enjoy RV camping at Rochester/Marion KOA thanks to their many amenities. No matter which kind of RV rental you choose, you will be able to accommodate it with the campground’s 30 and 20 amp electrical service full hook-up sites as well as the 50, 30, and 20 amp electrical service full hook-up sites.
After your days of exploring the rivers, lakes, and forests of southern Minnesota, you can come back to the campground and clean off at the restroom and shower houses and take care of your laundry on-site. You can then relax by the pool if you’re traveling during the summer months or enjoy a leisurely walk down the nature trail.
As you continue your Midwestern expedition, you may come to find that you forgot something at home. Luckily enough, your home-away-from-home at Rochester/Marion KOA has an on-site camping store where you will likely find what you need. But be sure to bring a Frisbee for those early nights in, because the KOA has its very own disc golf course.
Just a short drive down the road is Great River Bluffs State Park in Winona, Minnesota. Lining the banks of the Mississippi River, Great River Bluffs is an ideal destination for those looking to enjoy a quiet escape. You can take a stroll along the Mississippi River or traverse through the preserved prairie lands. If you’d rather sit back and enjoy the beautiful landscape around you, you can travel up to one of the bluff overlooks and scan the skies for some of the Midwest’s best bird watching.
Just over the Mississippi River into neighboring Wisconsin is Five-Mile Bluff Prairie State Natural Area in Pepin, Wisconsin. The park offers a bizarre combination of landscapes. You can enjoy the 300-foot river bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River below as you stroll through some of the preserved prairies of the region. If you’re traveling to the Midwest in the winter, you can enjoy the hiking trails as they convert into cross-country skiing trails.
Those looking for something a little out of the ordinary can head south to Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in Preston, Minnesota. You can take a tour of the re-created historic town of Forestville and learn more about the early settlers of the area. Or instead, you can take a tour of the Mystery Caves and the various cave pools that have also formed over the centuries. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can take a lantern tour of a section of the cave that is not as readily accessible as the scenic parts of the cave.
Those who want to experience a little bit of history can visit the Mayowood Mansion. Built by Dr. Charles H. Mayo (founder of Mayo Clinic) in 1911, the 38-room mansion and gardens are now open to the public. You can tour the home, wander through the grounds, and enjoy the various works of art and antique furnishings from all over the world.
Art buffs will enjoy spending some time at the local Rochester Art Center. The RAC hosts a variety of rotating exhibits that interpret and depict modern society. You will get to see contemporary works of art from living artists who are working to make an impact in the world around us. If you’re lucky, your travel plans may align with a workshop or even an art class.
For those traveling with children, a day spent at the Minnesota Children’s Museum is a day very much enjoyed. This multi-floor museum welcomes children of all ages to engage, learn, and play with the interactive exhibits. You can pretend to be a spy as you make your way through a laser maze, enjoy the giant play structure, learn about how a town works in the pretend city, and enjoy the art studio spaces. There are so many more exhibits and learning spaces to enjoy that you may run out of time before you run out of opportunities.
Just like every RV camping excursion, you will eventually need to restock and refuel to keep the RV rental journey going. Luckily enough, there are plenty of options to get what you need in and around the town when you book an RV in Olmsted County.
After your day of exploring the Midwest, you are going to want to replenish your energy, and here you'll find just the thing: hot dish. This casserole dish consists of a meat, vegetable, and soup mixture topped with tater tots. You will definitely feel full after a homemade (or diner-made) hot dish.