Ride Reviews

Download the route map, follow the route, and leave a review here about your own ride along each of the highways, byways, or backroads.

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  • Great River Road Ride Reviews

    The Great River Road follows the mighty Mississippi along its entire length, nearly 2,100 miles in all. This segment, which runs about 225–250 miles round trip, is centered on U.S. 61 from Red Wing to the Iowa border, although we took side loops along the way to work in a few extra sets of curves.
  • Minnesota River Valley Ride Reviews

    The MN River Valley Scenic Byway started for us in Belle Plaine, where we met on the bridge over looking the MN River just north of town. Our goal was to hit a few historical sites along the 400-mile route to learn more about some of Minnesota’s Native American heritage and the Dakota War of 1862.
  • North Shore Ride Reviews

    The North Shore Scenic Byway is a spectacularly scenic route that includes seven state parks and is designated as an "All-American Road".
  • Paul Bunyan Ride Reviews

    The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is a 54-mile route located in the middle of Minnesota - making it an easy destination whether coming from the Twin Cities area, the Iron Range, or even the western portion of the state.
  • Apple Blossom Ride Reviews

    This rolling farmland and bluff-top route travels high above the Mississippi River, offering dazzling views of the river valley below. Stop for a picnic at Great River Bluffs State Park, where short paths lead to scenic overlooks with panoramic views. Each end of this thoroughfare connects with Highway 61, which is Great River Road, another scenic drive.
  • Avenue of Pines Ride Reviews

    Some of the Highway's outstanding scenic values include views of mature red pines stands, sparkling lakes, marshes, and aspen stands. Spatial sequences range from enclosed and focused in the pines, to open and expansive near the lake and marsh areas. Island, Round, Nature's, Cut Foot Sioux, Little Ball Club, along with Lake Winnibigoshish, the state's fifth largest lake, give travelers glimpses of northern ecosystems along the byway corridor.
  • Edge of the Wilderness Ride Reviews

    This route was once used by voyageurs and loggers through the Chippewa National Forest, over rolling hills, and past bogs and fishing lakes. Much of the 47-mile drive that connects Grand Rapids to Effie was reconstructed in recent years, promising a smooth ride and spectacular scenery - from historic sites and lumberjack-influenced small towns to bald eagles and balsam firs.
  • Glacial Ridge Trail Ride Reviews

    This officially designated Minnesota State Scenic Byway is a 220 mile route through lakes, woods and farmlands. Massive glaciers once covered this land; as they melted, they left west central Minnesota dotted with lakes nestled among hills and ridges. This byway offers several scenic loops and side trips. Three state parks, Sibley, Monson and Glacial Lakes, are a mix of hardwood forest, prairie and lakes and are good spots for hiking, bird watching and fishing.
  • Grand Rounds Ride Reviews

    The Grand Rounds Scenic drive offers a little bit of everything: great scenery, historic sites, modern and contemporary art, outdoor recreation, and great shopping and dining, all within the heart of Minneapolis. Paved walking and biking paths follow tree-lined roadways and parks, circle the Chain of Lakes (Nokomis, Harriet, Calhoun, and Lake of the Isles), pass Minnehaha Creek, and follow the downtown riverfront along the Mississippi.
  • Gunflint Trail Ride Reviews

    Beginning in a harbor town on Lake Superior, this paved road heads inland through the rolling hills of Superior National Forest. There are no towns along the route, but side roads lead to resorts, campgrounds, canoe outfitters and boat ramps.
  • Historic Bluff Country Ride Reviews

    Follow the lush Root River Valley and wind your way through what feels like a landscape painting of woodsy hills and dramatic dolomite bluffs, marked with the tranquil silhouette of a lone Amish buggy. Explore the Root River Trail by bike, stopping for pie or lunch in a trail town along the way. Or, enjoy the same route on the river; the main towns and campgrounds have outfitters for kayak, canoe and tube rentals, as well as bike rentals.
  • King of Trails Ride Reviews

    The King of Trails Scenic Byway (Highway 75), stretches 414 miles along Minnesota's western border. Get off the interstate and travel Highway 75 the King of Trails. Visit the communities along the way to appreciate the history and natural beauty of the prairie. You'll be surprised! Experience fascinating historical sites, colorful festivals, national monument, and state parks.
  • Lady Slipper Ride Reviews

    Journey through the Chippewa National Forest as you travel the 28 mile Ladyslipper Scenic Byway. The Byway features pine and hardwood forests,great fishing lakes,recreation areas, historic sites and crosses the Mighty Mississippi. Ladyslippers are a common sight along the Byway beginning in late June.
  • Lake Country Ride Reviews

    The headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park are a Minnesota Mecca, but this lake-splashed area has loads of other worthy attractions, from lodges and resorts with inviting restaurants, to excellent bird watching, golfing, miles of hiking and biking trails, art galleries, music festivals and road-side diners.
  • Otter Trail Ride Reviews

    This serene drive in pastoral Otter Tail county visits the forests and lakes of Maplewood State Park and Glendalough State Park, a scenic overlook at Inspiration Peak, and the 1889 Phelps Mill and millpond.
  • Shooting Star Ride Reviews

    This official MN Scenic Byway is one of the state's first designated wildflower routes. The Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources collaborate to manage wildflowers and native grasses along the route. This is a 32 mile drive along Highway 56.
  • Skyline Parkway Ride Reviews

    Overlooking the lovely port city of Duluth, the Skyline Parkway offers travelers a rewarding, bird's-eye view of the harbor and the endless shoreline of Lake Superior. Recreational opportunities on neighboring trails and in local parks make this drive especially refreshing.
  • St. Croix Ride Reviews

    The 124-mile St. Croix Scenic Byway runs from Point Douglas (near Hastings) to a point north of Sandstone, MN. Prepare to be impressed by the great beauty of the St. Croix "Wild and Scenic" River Valley. Long vistas and rolling landscape in the south changes to a more rugged environment of rock, cliffs and woods as you proceed north.
  • Superior National Forest Ride Reviews

    The Superior National Forest drive takes travelers on a relaxing wooded drive from the North Shore to the communities of the Iron Range. Fall color buffs will delight in the spectacular reds and yellows of the hardwoods, and the towering pines.
  • Veterans Evergreen Memorial Ride Reviews

    This section of Highway 23 has been known as the "scenic route to Duluth" for decades. Near the beginning of the route is Banning State Park, with camping, hiking, river fishing, canoeing and, for the adventurous, kayaking the Kettle River with its infamous "Hell's Gate" rapids.
  • Waters of the Dancing Sky Ride Reviews

    Minnesota's northernmost scenic drive travels from Voyageurs National Park along the Canadian border. Ideal for anglers, boaters, birders and wildflower lovers, the route runs along the Rainy River from International Falls to Baudette, through fields of lady's slippers from Baudette to Warroad, and along the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail west of Warroad.