This beautiful drive follows the
shoreline of Lake Superior for
more than 150 miles from Duluth
to the northeast tip of Minnesota.
One of the most popular scenic
byways in the state, it’s also
nationally designated as an “All-
American Road.” The North Shore
Scenic Drive (Hwy. 61) passes wilderness streams, plunging
waterfalls, soaring hills cloaked by pine and birch, charming
harbor towns, and the craggy shore of the largest
freshwater lake in the world.
This route also links to three more of the state’s scenic
byways: Duluth’s Skyline Parkway, the Gunflint Trail, and the
Superior National Forest Scenic Byway.
River Country Many scenic rivers and streams wind their way through
the woods along the I- 35 corridor between the Twin Cities
and Duluth. Designated as a National Scenic Riverway,
the pristine St. Croix River flows through the forest along
the border of Minnesota. The St. Croix, Kettle, Snake,
Rum and St. Louis rivers, which all wind through this
area, are designated canoe routes. Long ago, the rivers
provided transportation for fur trading and logging.
At Pine City, the reconstructed 1804 North West
Company Fur Post portrays the life of fur traders and the
area’s Ojibwe people who traded goods with them. By
the 1850s, settlers from Europe and the eastern U.S. had
moved into this area. The town of Mora, to the west, has
strong Swedish roots, visible in its 22-foot traditional red
Dala Horse statue.
Hinckley was a stagecoach stop in the 1850s, and it’s
a popular stop for today’s travelers, as well. Over 100
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