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Minnesota Visitor, Issue #28--5 Favorite Minnesota Road Trips
August 28, 2015

5 Favorite Minnesota Road Trips

With autumn approaching we hope you are planning at least one road trip to see the fall color, visit apple orchards, and explore the attractions that abound in Minnesota.

More than 2,000 miles of Minnesota roads have been designated as scenic byways. A road trip in Minnesota offers the chance to enjoy our state’s lakes, forests, bluff country, pine forests, and so much more. Stopping to explore the small towns or cities can add to the joys of the trip.

Descriptions of our five favorite road trips are below. The two most extensive of these road trips are the North Shore Scenic Drive along Lake Superior and the Great River Road trip.

North Shore Scenic Drive: This 154 mile day trip stretches from Duluth to the Canadian border. As you travel along the North Shore of Lake Superior on Scenic Highway 61, you can visit eight Minnesota state parks, tour lighthouses, see stunning waterfalls, and stop in historic towns including Knife River, Two Harbors and Grand Marais. Just before the border with Canada, stop at Grand Portage State Park to climb to the High Falls and at Grand Portage National Monument to tour the reconstructed 1700s fur trading post. You can an extend this road trip by completing the Lake Superior Circle Tour

The Great River Road: From its start at the Mississippi River headwaters in Itasca State Park this 575 mile road trip will take you across Minnesota to the Iowa border. The Great River Road follows the big river through 60 towns or communities and eleven of Minnesota's state parks

Minneapolis Grand Rounds: Drive fifty-three miles along the only urban national scenic byway. This day trip tour follows the parkways that loop through Minneapolis and the chain of lakes. Take a photo by the Stone Arch Bridge and plan for a walk in the park at Minnehaha Falls.

Saint Croix River Valley: This riverside road trip will take you from the Twin Cities north through Lindstrom, Center City and Taylors Falls. Circle back along this tour to Marine-on-St. Croix, then on to Stillwater. From there you will return to the Twin Cities.

Historic Bluff Country: Cruise along seventy-seven miles of southeastern Minnesota from St. Charles near Rochester to La Crescent on the Mississippi River. Drive through the river bluffs and woods where you can explore Old Order Amish farms and shops near Harmony and the charms of lovely Lanesboro along the Root River.

More Minnesota Road Trips and Day Trip Tours

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Below is our favorite Minnesota Road Trip book available on Amazon.com:

Great Minnesota Touring Book





We hope you will enjoy our recently published ebook about Minnesota State Parks. For just 2.99, you can download a copy here: Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay


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