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Road Trips & Scenic Byways

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Take in all the views on one of the many scenic byways in Minnesota

Hit the Open Road

Road tripping is fun on its own, but even more fun when you add a little friendly competition. This fall, take a drive on Minnesota's scenic highways and byways, soak in the fall colors and discover something new along the way with ROAD-TRIP’N BINGO.

Bingo cards

Get Your Bingo Cards

Download a pack of bingo cards for the region/s of Minnesota you plan to explore this fall. Collect cards from five different regions of the state!

  1. Central
    Airstream Mille Lacs State Campground

    Airstream at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park / Mali Mish Family


    Fill up your central Minnesota bingo card by seeking out pristine lakes, pumpkin patches, vintage campers, nationally renowned golf courses and more. Suggested scenic drives in the region include the Lake Mille Lacs and Otter Trail Scenic Byways.


  2. Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
    Minneapolis skyline in fall

    The downtown Minneapolis skyline from Boom Island Park / Greg Riekens aka Harry Wells

    Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

    In the Twin Cities, you'll search for street murals, outdoor sculptures, bike trails, stadiums and more to fill up your bingo card. Suggested scenic drives in the region include the Minneapolis Grand Rounds and St. Croix Scenic Byways.


  3. Northeast
    North shore roads fall colors

    North Shore back roads fall colors / Micah Kvidt


    To get a bingo in northeast Minnesota, lighthouses, waterfalls, chainsaw art, mining trucks and log cabins are just a small sample of what you'll need to find. Suggested scenic drives in the region include the North Shore All-American and Avenue of Pines Scenic Byways.


  4. Northwest
    Hjemkomst Viking ship

    The Hjemkomst Viking ship once sailed to Norway / Davin Wait, Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County


    See if you can find northwest Minnesota's viking monuments, bald eagles, ATVs, Paul Bunyan and more as you fill up your bingo card. Suggested scenic drives in the region include the Waters of the Dancing Sky and Lake Country Scenic Byways. 


  5. Southern
    Luverne car driving through prairie

    Driving through the prairie near Luverne / Roy Son


    In southern Minnesota, filling your bingo card will mean seeking out corn mazes, bluffs, pheasant, historic downtowns and more. Suggested scenic drives in the region include the King of Trails and Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byways.


How to Play

  1. Print your cards or load onto your digital device. 
  2. Hit the road and chase the fall colors (check out these fantastic fall drives).
  3. Mark off the items you find along the way and see if you can get a bingo before your co-travelers!
  4. Share pics on Instagram of your adventures and bingos using #ExploreMNAgain.

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