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Designation: Great River Road
Designation: Minnesota State Scenic Byway
Designation: National Scenic Byway
Fees: None specified
Length, One-Way: 575 Miles (958.33 Kilometers)
Time: Varies from 19 hours to several days

General Information

Description -
Scenes from the Byway
The Minnesota Great River Road offers the best of Minnesota. The route encompasses the banks of the Mississippi River, Northern Minnesota's "10,000 lakes" and forests, beautiful bluff lands, and a variety of outdoor recreation and wildlife. Brilliant wildflowers, evergreen forests, colored autumn leaves, rainbows, snowflakes, migrating birds, and waving fields of grain make this byway a photographer's paradise.

Reasons to Get Out of the Car
Recreational spots have taken over the land of the lumberjack where Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe, used to roam freely. State Parks and lakeside resorts are all part of the fun that visitors will find on the Great River Road today. And then there is the river itself. Minnesota is where the Mighty Mississippi begins. Its meanderings make up a trail of historical, scenic, and recreational sites. Whether camping in the forested areas of the north, or relaxing in a Minneapolis hotel, travelers will find accomodations in the perfect setting.

Places Along the Way
The Great River Road is an adventure along a myriad of quaint towns and urban cities. The Twin Cities metropolitan area offers the hustle and bustle of a city that is rich in history, culture, and recreational opportunities. Deep wilderness surrounds the river towns of Minnesota and offers relaxation and privacy.

Attractions - The Great River Road - Minnesota is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : Beginning at the "Old Man River" source at Lake Itasca, travel through the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota. Follow Highway 61 north to the plains and agricultural areas in the central part of the state. Continue on through the Twin Cities metropolitan area and the bluffs and river towns of southeast Minnesota to the Iowa border.

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Additional Information:
Minneapolis Area -
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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