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Apple Blossom Scenic Drive- Enjoy spectacular views from the blufftops along the Mississippi River valley in southeast Minnesota. Apple orchards add a special character to the scenery and many varieties of Minnesota apples are available.
Edge of the Wilderness- Leave the urban center of Grand Rapids and enter 47 miles of natural wonders found in upper Minnesota, including vistas of flat, lowland meadows, swamps and lakes, rolling hills of hardwood forests, and remnants of glaciers long gone.
Great River Road - Minnesota- Marked by distinctive green and white riverboat wheel signs, this route follows the Mississippi River from its source in Bemidji, Minnesota, to its mouth in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway- Follow the Root River to the Mississippi River along this route. The scenery changes from rolling farmland on the west end to spectacular bluffs on the eastern two thirds of this route.
Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway- This route follows highways and some gravel roads for 300 miles through the rolling farmland and woodlands bordering the river between Belle Plaine and Browns Valley, past several state parks and historic sites.
North Shore Scenic Drive- The North Shore Scenic Drive of Minnesota has what no other place in the Midwest can offer -- an inland sea, a mountain backdrop, and an unspoiled wilderness.
Otter Trail Scenic Byway- Travel through Fergus Falls, Battle Lake, Perham and Pelican Rapids on this 150 miles of county and state roadways.
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway- The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is a stunning double loop drive located about 150 miles N. of Mpls, St. Paul. The spine of the route is CSAH #16 which runs NE from Hwy. 371. At the end of #16, travelers can choose either the north or south loop. The Byway is now a nationally designated route and has grown to 54 miles.
Rushing Rapids Parkway- Highway 210 from Carlton to Highway 23 traverses a section of Jay Cooke State Park, in eastern Minnesota. There are summer naturalist programs, and 50 miles of hiking trails.
Shooting Star Wildflower and Historic Route Scenic Byway- Pass corn fields, native grasses, wildflowers and the Shooting Star Recreational Trail when driving along the Shooting Star Scenic Byway in the Historic Bluff Country of Minnesota.
The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway- The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway is a system of lovely trails, paths, and roadways in a totally unique urban setting.
Veterans Evergreen Memorial Drive- Known as the scenic route to Duluth, the Veterans Evergreen Memorial Scenic Drive offers a wide variety of activities for visitors to enjoy.

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

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The North Shore Scenic Drive of Minnesota has what no other place in the Midwest can offer -- an inland sea, a mountain backdrop, and an unspoiled wilderness. Edge of the Wilderness is the rustic slice of this great state, with more than 1,000 lakes and one mighty river, the Mississippi, nearby, all in landscapes of remarkable natural beauty. The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway is a system of lovely trails, paths, and roadways in a totally unique urban setting. The Minnesota Great River Road offers the best of Minnesota. Minnesota's portion of the Great River Road 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. The state designated byways offer many additional miles of scenic driving.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - Minnesota lies so far north that winter is the longest season of the year. There are many recreation pursuits to enjoy during this season, but be sure to dress appropriately so that you can enjoy them. Temperatures often dip below freezing during winter and the state receives an average of 50 to 60 inches of snow. Spring, summer and fall can be very wet and rain gear will be necessary for travel during these seasons. Spring and fall tend to be shortened with variable weather, due to long winters, but offer less crowded trails and campgrounds. Summer temperatures average between 70 and 85 degrees F. Night time temperatures dip near 55 and a light jacket is recommended. July and August are the height of the tourist season.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state. Maps are available on each byway descriptive page.


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Minnesota - Minnesota is rich in historical and natural resources. Public lands cover the majority of land in the Northeast and southeastern regions of the state with state parks pervading every area.

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