North Shore Scenic Drive (Minnesota State Highway 61)
Length: 154 miles
Recommended drive time: One to two days
Scenery: Hugging the rocky north shore of Lake Superior is Minnesota State Highway 61. Spanning from Duluth to the U.S. border near Grand Portage, there’s no shortage of dramatic lake vistas, pristine state parks (eight in total) and rugged, mountainous wilderness areas along this scenic route. Stop for smoked fish and photo ops aplenty.
Stretch your legs at: Split Rock Lighthouse
Cultural diversion: North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum
Required listening: Bob Dylan, “Highway 61 Revisited”
Do you remember that town named … Castle Danger, Knife River?