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Designation: All-American Road
Designation: Minnesota State Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees along the byway itself. Charges
Length, One-Way: 122 Miles (203.33 Kilometers)
Time: 5 Hours

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Description - The North Shore of Minnesota has what no other place in the Midwest can offer -- an inland sea, a mountain backdrop, an unspoiled wilderness, and a unique feeling all its own. The North Shore is a place that you will want to come back to again and again.The North Shore Scenic Byway runs from Two Harbors to the Canadian Border, and along the way is some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Eight state parks and the Superior National Forest display their natural treasures. The region offers unlimited opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Each of the parks has beautiful trails, and the 200-mile Superior Hiking Trail provides unlimited opportunity to experience firsthand this magnificent landscape. For those who want to get out on a lake itself, there are charter fishing, sailing, kayaking, and excursion boats.

The North Shore also has a rich history deeply rooted in its plentiful natural resources. The Grand Portage National Monument features a reconstructed North-West Company fur-trading post. Grand Marais is a quaint harbor town that's the entrance to the Gunflint Trail, a paved trail leading inland to the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness. Giant ore boats pull up to the docks at Two Harbors, and the much smaller, 100 year-old tugboat, "The Edna G.," is also displayed here. Small museums in Two Harbors and Tofte, as well as interpretive programs at the state parks, tell the story of this area.

Attractions - The North Shore Scenic Drive is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : The North Shore Scenic Drive is comprised of the northern 122 miles of Minnesota Trunk Highway 61, from just northeast of Duluth at Two Harbors all the way to Grand Portage near the U.S./Canadian Border.

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Contact Information:
North Shore Scenic Drive , , , , Phone: 218-475-2592

Additional Information:
Minnesota Scenic Byways - Minnesota currently offers one All-American Road, the North Shore Scenic Byway, three National Scenic Byways, Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and Great River Road, as well as numerous state designated byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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