North Shore All-American Scenic DriveKnife River, MN 55609
The spectacular scenery of the North Shore of Superior, including seven state parks, has earned this scenic route a national designation as an "All-American Road." Small shoreline towns offer restaurants serving local fish and produce as well as unique shops and art galleries.
Experience the history of the shore at the 1910 Split Rock Lighthouse, a commercial fishing museum in Tofte and Grand Portage National Monument fur-trading post. With a playhouse, galleries and a folk school, the harbor town of Grand Marais is an arts center.
Lutsen offers a scenic golf course, a mountain biking park and ski area. There's plenty to see in the vibrant city of Duluth, including the Aerial Lift Bridge, Great Lakes Aquarium, and the old Depot, home to a train museum and several arts groups.
The Superior Hiking Trail allows naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts to appreciate up close the area’s beauty and wilderness, including numerous streams and waterfalls. Minnesota's biggest waterfalls are at Grand Portage and Tettegouche state parks.
- 154 miles
- From Duluth to Two Harbors on Co. Rd. 61 (old Hwy. 61), and from Two Harbors to Grand Portage on Hwy. 61
- Lake Superior, wilderness streams and waterfalls, rugged cliffs and forested hills.
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 1914 reviews
The drive up the north shore of Lake Superior is a great way to spend some free time. The scenery is great and there are fun places to stop, eat, and stay, along the way. You can spend some time in...
— Getaway138591, March 5, 2020
Always worth the drive. Lake Superior and it’s shoreline never disappoints. Beautiful In The winter with icy decor on all the islands and shoreline.
Never take the expressway to two Harbors. Always...
— TriCityDude, March 5, 2020
We always love taking the North Shore Scenic drive along Lake Superior when we come for a vacation in Duluth, MN. Plenty of little Mom & Pop restaurants along the drive. Take time to stop at the...
— cfrojen, February 25, 2020
Love love love this part of the North Shore. It’s one of the most stunning areas in Minnesota. Without a doubt!
— elisek229, February 23, 2020
Love the north shore the scenic drive is so wonderful during the autumn. The light house and Gooseberry fall are great places to stop and take in the sites
— Cole Schatzie R, February 20, 2020