Minnesota travel - road trip and day trip tours. Explore the Great River Road and many more Minnesota road trips.
Travel the Gunflint Trail, take the Lake Superior Circle Tour, cruise along Minnesota's many Scenic Byways.
You will discover the world's largest freshwater lakes, deep pine forests, vast prairie land, high rocky bluffs, and rolling acres of farming country.“By the time Minnesota summer hits its peak, my ideal destinations are those within the reach of a regional road trip. Instead of lugging a duffel or dragging a suitcase, I can pack as recklessly as I want so long as it fits in the trunk. There are no scheduled takeoffs or landings, no shoe removal or pat downs. Serendipitous pit stops are welcome.” ~ Rachel Hutton Editor in Chief, Minnesota Monthly Magazine
Enjoy the best road trips in Minnesota and day trip tours along Minnesota roads and scenic byways in every season.
Skyline Parkway: Follow this thirty-eight mile long ridge road high above Duluth. You will be rewarded with stunning views of Lake Superior and the Duluth harbor.
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.
Gunflint Trail: Leave from the Lake Superior harbor town of Grand Marais and travel fifty-seven miles inland through the Superior National Forest. This may be the best place in Minnesota to see a moose as well as other wildlife. This road trip will take you into the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Back on Highway 61 and just before the border with Canada, stop at Grand Portage State Park. Climb to the High Falls and visit Grand Portage National Monument to tour the reconstructed 1700s fur trading post. You can extend your road trip by completing the Lake Superior Circle Tour.Minnesota Hotels, Attractions and Vacation Packages: read what other travelers have to say about the places to go and things to do in Minnesota.
Veterans Evergreen Memorial Drive Scenic Byway: This route along Highway 23 north of Hinckley is also known as the scenic route to Lake Superior.
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.
Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway: This woodsy road trip is a short forty-seven mile trek from Grand Rapids to Effie along State Highway 38. You will enjoy views of several lakes and the Chippewa National Forest. Eagles fly here in abundance; you may see deer as well. Camp in a National Forest Campground.
Superior National Forest Scenic Byway: This forested road trip takes you from Aurora to Silver Bay connecting Minnesota Iron Range Country to the North Shore of Lake Superior.
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. This is one of the the best road trips in the metro area.
Minnesota River Valley: This southern Minnesota road trip is a 300 mile drive from Belle Plain, south through Mankato, and northwest into Browns Valley. View some of the best farming country and stop to see what is claimed to be the "world's oldest rock."
Paul Bunyan: A fifty mile day trip tour that follows "Paul Bunyan's Footsteps" along country roads north of Brainerd.
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.Reviews of Minnesota travel destinations for every road trip you want to take.
Apple Blossom Drive: Travel for seventeen miles through the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Forest. End in the Apple Capital of Minnesota...La Crescent. This is one of the best road trips in spring to see the apple blossoms. In autumn return to visit area apple orchards.
Avenue of Pines: Forty-six miles on Highway 46 will take you from Deer River to Northome. This "back-road byway" winds through a pine forest and alongside lakes. A feature of this area is the Laurentian Divide, the point at which waters flow either north to Hudson Bay or south into the Mississippi River.
Glacial Ridge Trail: 220 miles from Willmar to Alexandria. Explore farmland, woodlands, and lake views.
Historic Highway 75: Sometimes called the "King of Highways" this trip will take you along the western edge of Minnesota from our border with Canada to the Iowa border south of Luverne. It passes through few towns however is the main route into Moorhead. You can make this an extended road trip by following the original Highway 75 route all the way to the Gulf of Mexico....one of the best road trips anywhere!
Ladyslipper Scenic Byway: This route follows County Road 39 and Highway 2 between the Blackduck and Cass Lake area near the Mississippi River headwaters. It winds through the Chippewa National Forest in north central Minnesota. The closest "large" town is Bemidji.
Lake Country: This eighty-eight mile drive on Highway 34 is an enjoyable way to see the pine forests and lake country between Detroit Lakes and Walker. The scenic byway takes a short jog north along Highway 71 from Park Rapids to Itasca State Park.
Otter Tail Trail: A 150 mile circle tour through rolling hilly landscape, beautiful woods, and more than 1,000 of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes. The largest town in the area is Fergus Falls. Make this an autumn travel road trip to experience our autumn splendor.
Saint Croix River Valley: The 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.
Shooting Star Scenic Byway: This thirty-two mile trek will take you from the Iowa border, northwest through Lake Louise State Park and on to Rose Creek. This is a state designated wildflower route and the only place to see the shooting star wild primrose.
Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway: Follow 191 miles of road across the "top" of Minnesota from Karlstad to International Falls. This is considered the best place in Minnesota to see the Northern Lights. The seventy-five mile day trip tour between Baudette and Greenbush is also called the Wildflower Route. This is one of the best places in Minnesota to see our state flower, the Ladyslipper.
Minnesota maps and travel guides will help you plot your trip and the stops you will want to make along the way.Explorer's Guide to Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes is a highly praised guidebook for those who want to make sure not to miss the best of Minnesota's attractions.
A Minnesota winter travel road trip can be a great adventure. Winter vacations bring thousands to the state. We always say "don't be afraid of winter, get out and play." We also advise to always be prepared for winter driving.
All of these Minnesota road trips are stunning dressed in the colors of our autumn paradise.