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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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Summit Inn B&B
Phone: 651-257-4987

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 (St. Paul), Minnesota
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Park Street Inn
Phone: 218-652-4500

The town of Nevis is located on a Northern Scenic Byway between Walker and Park Rapids.

Nevis (Park Rapids), 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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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 (Two Harbors), Minnesota
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Green Heron B&B
Phone: 218-999-5795


Grand Rapids (Bemidji), 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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Park Street Inn
Phone: 218-652-4500

The Park Street is located on Highway 34 which is the Lake Country Scenic Byway. This byway is 88 miles of MN's most beautiful forests and lakes. It travels through some of the best vacation spots around, and offers a truly unique view of the wide variety of scenery that can be found in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Nevis (Park Rapids), Minnesota
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The Rand House Bed & Breakfast Inn
Phone: 763-295-6037
Toll Free: 888-295-0881
National Geographic Mississippi River Geotour Site

Monticello, Minnesota
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Cover Park Manor
Phone: 651-430-9292


Stillwater (St. Paul), Minnesota
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The Vintage Inn Bed and Breakfast
Phone: 507-627-1875


Redwood Falls, Minnesota
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