Minneapolis Grand Rounds Scenic Byway2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411
There are many access streets though out the city of Minneapolis.
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, Maka Ska and Lake of the Isles), pass Minnehaha Creek, and follow the downtown riverfront along the Mississippi.
Highlights include a wildflower garden at Theodore Wirth Park, a large rose garden at Lake Harriet and a beautiful waterfall at Minnehaha Park. The byway brings you close to Orchestra Hall, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and Guthrie Theater, one of many excellent theater companies in town. Learn about the city's history at the Mill City Museum, along the historic riverfront downtown, near the 1883 Stone Arch Bridge.
Views of the Minneapolis skyline are visible from just about every portion of Grand Rounds.
Hours & Dates
- Monday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
- Tuesday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
- Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
- Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
- Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
May-Oct: regional parking permit required at $34.00. Limited number of Quarter Only parking meters. Free parking available on nearby residential streets. Longfellow House Information Center has free parking lot.
- 46 miles
- Follows a loop of city and parkway roads in Minneapolis.
- Chain of lakes, Mississippi River, city skyline, tree-lined residential neighborhoods.
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
- Link 1: Grand Rounds Scenic Byway: City Escape: http://www.exploreminnesota.com/travel-ideas/grand-rounds-scenic-byway-showcases-minneapolis
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 151 reviews
We walked part of the Byway. Did the flour ruin park, stone arch bridge, Father Hennepin Island, St. Anthony Falls, rode on a scooter, visited the university and the locks.
— M-F_Trackers, June 12, 2021
A cool view as they say! Easy to find and fun to explore the area. We highly recommend it!!!! It's a must-see!!!!
— George H, January 24, 2021
Loved our trip around the Grand rounds. Rode with our bike group one Sunday in September. Reasonably well marked, but be sure to check the map at each of the gazebo like structures or run a map app...
— Blairian, September 19, 2020
A great way to see the area by motorcycle or on 4 wheels. There will be some traffic but well worth the patience to wind your way through the sights of this area.
— AmyPinMN, September 13, 2019
This is a great place just to walk and unwind. Beautiful walkway and good place to sit a relax to enjoy the water and just people watching. Saw a lot of other folks walking/running and also biking.
— Chuck S, September 4, 2019