The north woods meets the western prairie here, and there are byways that explore each of these landscapes. Follow scenic byways through the Chippewa National Forest, along Lake of the Woods, through lake country, and across the rural landscape along the state’s western border.
Northwest Area Scenic Byways
King of Trails Scenic Byway
King of Trails hugs Minnesota’s western border and was originally an Indian trail. It’s dotted with small towns, state parks, prairie and wildlife.
Lady Slipper Scenic Byway
The Lady Slipper Scenic byway runs through the Chippewa National Forest in Northwest Minnesota and is named in honor of the state flower.
Lake Country Scenic Byway
The headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park are a Minnesota Mecca.
Otter Trail Scenic Byway
This serene drive in pastoral Otter Tail county visits the forests and lakes of Maplewood State Park and Glendalough State Park, a scenic overlook at Inspiration Peak, and the 1889 Phelps Mill and millpond.
Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway
Waters of the Dancing Sky scenic byway is Minnesota's northernmost scenic drive from Voyageurs National Park along the Canadian border.