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Road Trips & Scenic Byways

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Take a scenic loop on Wilderness Drive around Itasca State Park

Hit the Open Road

Turn the music up and Find Your True North on a road trip across the diverse Minnesota landscape.

Whether you're chasing waterfalls on the North Shore of Lake Superior, cruising the vast tallgrass prairie in southwest Minnesota or following the Great River Road as it traces the Mississippi River, these road trips and scenic byways have you covered. 

Car drives over a rushing river on a steel-latticed bridge

Driving over the rushing Temperance River on Minnesota's North Shore / Minnesota DOT

North Shore Scenic Byway

A 145-mile stretch of road that skirts the Lake Superior shoreline’s dramatic limestone cliffs and forests, this scenic route has been designated an All-American Road. Highlights include panoramic lake views, a waterfall and a lighthouse.

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Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post exterior

The Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post as seen from outside / Minnesota Historical Society

Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway

Lake Mille Lacs is a treasure trove of natural beauty and indigenous culture. Take in the views, which are at their best in the fall, and learn about the Ojibwe, who have called this area home for thousands of years.

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Moose standing by the road near Grand Marais

A moose stands by the road near Grand Marais / Jackie Scherer

Natural Beauty on The Gunflint Trail

In the far northeastern tip of Minnesota, the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway traverses the Superior National Forest, bringing travelers from Grand Marais to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Spot moose, pick wild blueberries and more.

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Mississippi River bluffs Weaver Bottoms fall driving

Mississippi River Bluffs near Weaver Bottoms / Paul Vincent

Great River Road

The Mighty Mississippi starts in Minnesota, meandering its way south and running through vibrant communities along the way. The Great River Road Scenic Byway takes roadtrippers though the towns that line the Mississippi, including the Twin Cities.

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Downtown Lanesboro main street in winter

Lanesboro is a charming destination any time of year / Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce

Bluff Country Byway

See Minnesota’s creative spirit in action along the Bluff Country Scenic Byway, an east-west route that ends at the Wisconsin border. Head to Lanesboro, a small but thriving art colony with a downtown lined with Victorian architecture.

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