North Shore All-American Scenic Drive221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
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 1951 reviews
We left Friday AM 9:30 am from Duluth and made it to Grand Marias by 5:00. Stopped at Betty’s Pies for breakfast and to go pies for later. It snowed on us most of day and we hiked Olberg Mountain...
— acm32068, October 23, 2020
We drove from Duluth to Grand Portage, stopped at several state parks. It was one of the most beautiful drive, very close to the magnificent lake superior. The state parks were worthy to visit: they...
— Cindy C, October 21, 2020
For anyone who enjoys the rugged scenery of Lake Superior, The North Shore Scenic Drive is well worth the time. We took two days (up to Grand Portage and back to Duluth) and explored The North...
— lindakimberley, October 14, 2020
North Shore Drive is easy to get to...just follow I35 north. The road is well maintained and there are many places to eat along the way. We drove north for about 20 miles.
There are several...
— Richard S, October 13, 2020
Took this drive in early October. Leaves were advertised as past their peak, but there was still plenty of color; yellow hues predominant in this area but there was an occasional orange tree that...
— mountainlover830, October 11, 2020