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