The Lakeside Hotel and scenic Lake Pepin, a widening of the Mississippi, is pictured, c.1870. With its cooler summer temperatures, the Lakeside drew tourists from around the nation, particularly the South.
Home to many historically significant people and places, Carver County's possibly best-known are recording artist Prince and his Paisley Park Studios. Located in what were Chanhassen cornfields, the site was a key location in Minnesota's music industry. In its heyday, it drew artists and musicians from around the world. Though no longer in business, it still draws the eye of travelers along Highway 5 in Chanhassen.