Touring northeastern Minnesota, either by car, motorcycle or even bicycle is spectacular any time of the year! There’s more to the Iron Range than our (admittedly amazing) foliage! Northern MN is home to some pretty unique attractions. Whether you want an educational, breathtaking, or exciting pit stop – there is something for everyone!
Don’t miss a trip on the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway. It leads from Aurora to the North Shore, and can be combined with a short jaunt on Hwy 61 from Beaver Bay to Illgen and then Hwy 1 up to Ely. Outside of Tower, get on Hwy 135 heading south to return to Aurora and the Iron Range. It’s a great day trip with plenty of stops along the way! You can request a free Byway map here.
Hoping to take advantage of the fall colors? Check the LEAF STATUS here.
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The Ride the Range guide offers detailed maps and highlights of these drives, and other Iron Range scenic tours as well. We’ll say it again: the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway is a great place to start. Head out from Aurora (after breakfast at The Hive or lunch at Rudy’s) and watch for moose, bear and other northern wildlife as you make your way to Silver Bay on the north shore of Lake Superior. This peaceful ride holds a few surprises, including Skibo Vista just outside of Hoyt Lakes and the Toimi School. Stop there for restrooms and a bit of Finnish culture.