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Minnesota Scenic Drives

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Scenic drives to consider in Minnesota are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • Allow at least one hour.
  • 17 miles (27 km)

A short and lovely drive through the Mississippi River Valley, the Apple Blossom Scenic Byway in eastern Minnesota is known for its rolling hills of apple orchards. Trees are in full blossom in spring and summer, but as you make your way along the byway in the fall, make sure to stop and pick up som...

  • 1 hour
  • 46 miles (74 km)

Avenue of Pines Byway cuts right through the heart of Chippewa National Forest and borders the large Lake Winnibigoshish, revered by Minnesota anglers for walleye, northern pike and most other game fish. Other fine fishing waters include Cut Foot Sioux Lake, Squaw Lake, and many smaller lakes.Nine f...

  • Three hours to visit the entire Byway
  • 47 miles (75 km)

Celebrate northern hospitality, hometown pride, and the treasures of our natural heritage. Minnesota, midway between America's East and West Coast, is the home to 12,000 lakes. It is filled with beautiful country and all the pleasures of the four seasons. The Edge of the Wilderness is the rustic sli...

  • Depends on the routes taken.
  • 245 miles (394 km)

The Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway travels through lovely, rural countryside and meanders along scenic lakes that were created by giant glaciers from the Ice Age.Visitors will want to stay at lakeside resorts, beautiful campgrounds, or motels in one of the charming small towns along the byway. Sta...

  • Three to four hours to enjoy this Byway.
  • 52 miles (83 km)

Minneapolis. The city's name blends the Dakota word for water and the Greek for city. In the same way, the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway blends the natural heritage and human history of Minneapolis. The Byway circles downtown Minneapolis, spotlighting native plants and waterfalls, archaeological sites...

  • Six days to drive or ten days to enjoy the entire Byway.
  • 2069 miles (3329 km)

In sheer size and importance, the Mississippi River has few equals. Hundreds of years ago, Native Americans used it for trade and travel, with the Hopewell Indian culture becoming the most advanced society in early North America. The French sent trappers down its banks after coveted beaver fur. Fo...

  • Allow at least two hours because you will have to return to Grand Marais on the same route.
  • 57 miles (91 km)

The Gunflint Trail passes through the northeastern corner of Minnesota near the Canadian border. The pastoral landscape of the Superior National Forest is a quiet nature destination where animals outnumber people.Summer and winter visits offer very different attractions. Many adventurous outdoor opp...

  • This drive will take you about 5 hours, but in order to enjoy this byway, you will want to spend several days.
  • 414 miles (666 km)

Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico and north to Canada, Highway 75 was dubbed the King of Trails 90 years ago. The Minnesota portion, stretching 414 miles along the state's western border, isn't some people's idea of a scenic tourist destination, but take a closer look. One of the attractions of thi...

  • Three hours to drive the Byway
  • 88 miles (141 km)

Time passes slowly along the Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway, with change coming nearly imperceptibly to both the natural landscape and the lifestyle of its residents. Impressive limestone bluffs rise over enduring hardwood forests, while the water of the region etches out magnificent caverns ...

  • 45 minutes
  • 28 miles (45 km)

Journey through time to the headwaters of the Mississippi River as you travel the Scenic Highway through the Chippewa National Forest. Forests of pine and aspen are interspersed with large open vistas of wetlands, lakes, and river systems that will keep your interest as you travel along. With all ...

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