The heart of Minnesota is a storybook scene of crystal lakes, wooded hills and a patchwork quilt of farm-fields. Several scenic byways explore this peaceful country, past lakes and woods, through rural landscapes, and along the Mississippi River.
Central Area Scenic Byways
Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway
Lakes are among hills and ridges along the Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway, as well as Sibley, Monson Lake and Glacial Lakes state parks.
Grand Rounds Scenic Byway
Grand Rounds Scenic Byway is an urban loop that circles the Minneapolis chain of lakes, Mississippi River, Minnehaha Creek and city sites.
Great River Road Scenic Byway
The Great River Road is longest scenic byway in Minnesota, following the Mississippi River from the headwaters, to the Twin Cities and bluff country.
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is named for the legendary lumberjack. This resort area is rich in outdoor fun, golf, wildlife unique shopping and art.