North Shore All-American Scenic Drive221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
The spectacular scenery of the North Shore of Superior, including eight 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 a 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 1976 reviews
We are driving across the USA and we’re spending the night in Duluth, so we detoured and did the scenic drive. We’re nice scenic drive with many many pull outs, fantastic place for a picnic!
— Mike T, October 11, 2021
There were lots of trees blocking the water, which is what we wanted to see. Fall colors were good, but not as good as we expected.
— Jerry B, October 10, 2021
Whenever we are in Duluth we drive up the scenic north shore, stop at the Candy Shop and the scenic overlooks. Always love this experience.
— RAEMinnesota, October 10, 2021
Drove up the North Shore Scenic Drive through Two Harbors and up to Lutsen ski resort and took the gondola ride to see the fall colors - near peak - and took pictures. Another day drove to Two...
— 956martys, September 29, 2021
We did part of this drive on a late Saturday afternoon. We went about an hour-and-a-half and turned back. There are several small towns along the route, and of course stops for lighthouses, hiking...
— Jim T, September 29, 2021