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River Bluffs & Rolling Hills


From Priceless History to Free County Fair Fun!


This sample itinerary is best August 12-17, 2008. You’ll find it at coordinates J-18 on the 2008 Annual Group Travel Map distributed in the Fall 2007 issue of Itineraries Minnesota Magazine.


Owatonna, located less than an hour south of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, is a treasure chest of rich Minnesota and national history. Plan your visit to include yet another historic aspect of Owatonna – the home of Minnesota’s largest county fair held each August (12th-17th in 2008). It’s a mini state fair with nationally acclaimed food vendors, large Midway and a variety of exhibits. Best of all – it has FREE admission!


8 – 11:00 am


FREE Breakfast Bar with Belgian Waffles


Leading the way with a variety of famous historical sites, Owatonna features the Minnesota State School and Orphanage Museum that showcases the largest school of its kind ever operated in Minnesota. Relive history through pictures, artifacts and personal stories. Don’t miss the newly restored Cottage 11, State School Kids Memorial, Children’s Cemetery, Flag Pole Plaza, and Rock Garden. 11 – 12:00 pm See the National Historic Landmark that was commemorated on a US postage stamp in 1981, the Sullivan Bank. A nationally recognized structure


representing the finest in the Prairie School architec- ture. See stained glass filled arches, with gold-leaf fill and chandeliers weighing 2.25 tons each. 12 – 1:30 pm Enjoy lunch at one of many group friendly restaurants. 1:30 – 3:00 pm Experience what life was like in Owatonna at the turn of the 20th Century at the Village of Yesteryear.It features structures from Minnesota’s pioneer heritage including the Dunnell House mansion, St.Wenceslaus of Moravia Church, log cabins and a museum full of oddities from Minnesota’s past. 3 – 6:00 pm


$2 LUGGAGE HANDLING FEE PER GUEST


64 ROOMS | $65 PLUS TAX FOR WEEKNIGHTS, MORE FOR WEEKENDS DEPENDING ON THE SEASON CUSTOM GROUP TOUR PACKAGES AVAILABLE | FREE ROOM WITH EVERY 10 ROOMS BOOKED | EXPRESS CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT | ITINERARY PLANNER AVAILABLE


FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST W/ HOMEMADE BELGIAN WAFFLES RESERVE YOUR GROUP TO D A Y!


150 Commerce Drive | Wabasha, MN | Located on Highway 61 | 651-565-5366 | www.americinn.com 18 ITINERARIES MINNESOTA SUMMER 2008 1-877-832-7267


Combine a shopping trip with your historic tour and free fair visit, by visiting Cabela’s or the Preferred Outlets of Medford as well as downtown merchants and our Big Box specialty stores.


For more information on this sample itinerary contact your tour operator or Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, 800-423-6466.


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