Soaring eagles, a posh paddle-friendly B&B and a hand-carved carousel are just some of the reasons to visit Wabasha and Lake City along the Great River Road.

By Lisa Meyers McClintick; Photographer Jay Wilde
National Eagle Center, Wabasha.

1 National Eagle Center Most people come here to watch eagles from the Wabasha center's two-story windows and the 25-foot-high, outdoor observation platform. But be sure to leave time for the programs about resident eagles, too. Admission charged. (651) 565-4989;

National Eagle Center.

2 Lark Toys Ride beside a troll on a pig or one of the other hand-carved whimsical creatures on the stunning carousel in this sprawling toy store, just 6 miles south of Wabasha in Kellogg. (507) 767-3387;

3 Lake Pepin Pearl Button Company See locally harvested clamshells once used to make pearly buttons, and browse antiques and gifts in Lake City's historic 1866 former button factory. (651) 345-2100; Lake Pepin Pearl Button Company on Facebook

4 Nosh Restaurant Lake City's upscale dining spot on Lake Pepin offers fabulous views and impresses with its seasonal and sophisticated Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. (651) 345-2425;

5 Reads Landing Brewing Company It's all good when North meets South at this 1869 former dry goods store 3 miles northwest of Wabasha. Enjoy a craft beer and creamy garlicky shrimp and grits while watching trains rumble past. (651) 560-4777;

6 Chocolate Escape Indulge in dense and chewy caramels, rich truffles and gourmet chocolates at this sweet shop in downtown Wabasha. (651) 565-0035;

7 Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast and Adventure Combine adventure and comfort in a guided kayaking trip on the backwaters of the Mississippi and a relaxing stay at this B&B just a block west of Wabasha's downtown. (651) 564-1568;

Turning Waters Bed and Breakfast and Adventure

For more information: Lake City Tourism Bureau (877) 525-3248; and Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber and Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 565-4158;

Click to see our two-day itinerary for Lake City and Wabasha.