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The National Scenic Byways Program is a collaborative effort among states to recognize, preserve and enhance certain roads across the United States. In so doing, they open parts of the country to travelers, presenting breathtaking landscape, unique historical and cultural sites, ancient history and man-made wonders. Anyone willing to fill a tank with gas (or tune-up a bike) and head down a scenic byway is guaranteed to have an experience worth having.

Minnesota has many scenic byways to entice travelers off the beaten path of the interstate, just a few of which are mentioned here:

  • In the northern section of the state, the Edge of the Wilderness Byway winds through forests, over rolling hills, and along pristine lakes.
  • To the northeast, the North Shore Scenic Drive hugs the shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the country. Travelers along this road will pass eight state parks and the Superior National Forest.
  • Great River Road hugs the Mississippi River on the eastern border of the state. It meanders through quaint river towns and larger cities, ever a reminder of the importance of the Mississippi.
  • The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway in the south passes through rich agricultural land, and follows the footsteps of American Indians and Euro-American immigrants.
  • Grand Rounds Scenic Byway passes through the preeminent urban parkway system of Minneapolis, past countless lakes
  • Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway, south of St. Paul, invites travelers to stop at innumerable antique shops, art galleries, historic sites and museums.


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Cottage B&B
Phone: 651-465-3595


Taylors Falls (Stillwater), Minnesota
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Poplar Creek Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast
Phone: 218-388-4487
Toll Free: 1-800-322-8327
Travel two National Scenic Byways to Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B. The B&B is located along northeast Minnesota's famed Gunflint National Scenic Byway and on your trip up to the Gunflint you will travel along Lake Superior's North Shore National Scenic Byway.

Grand Marais (Gunflint Trail), Minnesota
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Deutsche Strasse Bed and Breakfast
Phone: 507-354-2005

The Deutsche Strasse B&B overlooks the Minnesota River Valley and is a great point to start off on your adventure. Imagine geocaching along the 287-mile length of this nationally designated Byway as you progress up (or down) the valley while you enjoy all of the natural beauty associated with the Minnesota River. Use the Byway as a destination for your hobby and see what you discover! There are many river towns to explore the histories and a map is provided. http://www.mnrivervalley.com/itineraries/the-rivers-best-river-town/ Highlights in New Ulm are August Schell Brewery Museum, the Glockenspiel, Hermann Monument, the John Lind House.

New Ulm (Mankato), Minnesota
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Home In The Pines
Phone: 218-496-5855 or cell 1-218-491-1069

Home In The Pines Bed and Breakfast is located a 1/4 mile off the Veterans Evergreen Memorial Highway 23, which is now a Scenic Byway. Highway 23 runs across the entire state of Minnesota. We are located on the Northern end which is the Scenice ByWay

Duquette (Duluth), Minnesota
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Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast
Phone: (507) 467-3560


Lanesboro, Minnesota
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Summit Inn B&B
Phone: 651-257-4987
Toll Free: No Toll-Free Number
All our guestrooms have lake views of North Center Lake. We are minutes away from the beautiful St. Croix River scenic byway, and we are on the Vilhelm Moberg Swedish Trail.

Center City (Stillwater), Minnesota
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Olcott House Bed & Breakfast Inn
Phone: 218 728-1339
Toll Free: 800 715-1339
Relax with us when taking the Lake Superior Circle Tour. After breakfast, spend the morning exploring Duluth's beautiful Skyline Drive and Seven Bridges Road. Or spend the day enjoying the sites on the Scenic North Shore Drive! And at the end of your day, return home to the grandeur of The Olcott House Bed & Breakfast Inn!

Duluth, Minnesota
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The River Nest Bed and Breakfast
Phone: 651-560-4077


Reads Landing (Wabasha), Minnesota
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A G Thomson House Bed and Breakfast
Phone: 218-724-3464
Toll Free: 877-807-8077
Enjoy the convenience of Scenic Highway 61 and the Lake Superior North Shore just minutes from our Inn!

Duluth, Minnesota
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Water Street Inn
Phone: 651-439-6000


Stillwater (St. Paul), Minnesota
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Baptism River Inn Bed and Breakfast
Phone: 218-353-0707
Toll Free: 877-353-0707
We are essentially at the intersection of 2 of Minnesota North Shore's picturesque scenic byways. Both the North Shore Scenic Drive and the Superior National Forest byways are less than 5 minutes away. In addition, both the Gunflint Trial and Hawk Ridge scenic byways are about an hour away. All are great places to take in the fall leaves, birds, wildlife and plant life of the unique wilderness that surrounds us here at the Baptism River Inn B&B. For more details on the routes visit Explore Minnesota by entering the following into your browser: http://www.exploreminnesota.com/byway/directory?zip=55614&radius=50&catid=

Silver Bay (North Shore), Minnesota
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Historic Inn on Ramsey
Phone: 651-437-3297


Hastings (Stillwater), Minnesota
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Green Heron B&B
Phone: 218-999-5795


Grand Rapids (Hibbing), Minnesota
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The Ellery House
Phone: 218-724-7639
Toll Free: 800-355-3794

Duluth, Minnesota
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Maple Knoll Inn
Phone: 320-358-6280

We are located on "Old Highway 61". It was the mail route from the Twin Cities to Duluth, prior to the interstate. Highway 61 is the favorite route for motorcyclists. Our ideal location is a great place for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy our great B & B. A large concrete driveway is the perfect place to park our bike. The innkeepers own and ride their own cycles. Driving your car? Old Highway 61 passes though many small communities each offering their own charms. Stay overnight and explore the cities that line Old 61 - visit great small town eateries, shop for antiques, or stop to enjoy a lake or river.

Rush City (North Branch), Minnesota
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Afton House Inn (Historic)
Phone: 651-436-8883

Visit Afton Minnesota along the Minnesota Scenic Byways. You will enjoy the drive along the Scenic St. Croix River coming into Afton. Weather traveling in the Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter you will enjoy Afton for its beautiful seasons. The Historic Afton House Inn offers Fine Dining, Casual Dining, a fabulous Wine Bar and beautiful and romantic rooms with Fireplace, Jacuzzi, Balconies and more. Visit the Chelsea Rose Antique store and pamper yourself with a Couples Massage at the Calla Lily. Need a new do? Bisou Bisou Hair Salon is right here to give you that new updated look. Take a cruise along the River with Afton Hudson Cruise Lines. Call us at 651-436-8883 for your reservati

Afton (Stillwater), Minnesota
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Poplar Creek Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast
Phone: 218-388-4487
Toll Free: 1-800-322-8327
Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B is located along the 60 miles Gunflint Trail- a National Scenic Byway.

Grand Marais (Gunflint Trail), Minnesota
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