Iron Range Scenic Tours
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!
4 Top Scenic Tours
Explore these top four tours! Each offers a unique experience, and all branch out in manageable day, or half-day loops from the Mesabi Iron Range. The communities offer all manner of lodging, from cozy B&Bs to upscale guest houses and more. Plus a variety of dining and snacking experiences to keep you fueled for adventure.
The Ride the Range guide offers detailed maps and highlights of these drives, and other Iron Range scenic tours as well!
Fall tour add-ins
Fall is a great time to see the spectacular Iron Range foliage. The best time to enjoy fall is mid-September to early October, but check with Minnesota’s Fall Color Finder. Here are some of our favorite autumn activities to add to your tour:
Travel on a trolley, the way miners and their families used to on the Range! If you’d rather be spooked, stick around for a Museum Flashlight Tour!
The Eli Wirtanen Farm Fall Fest is a great way to get kids outside and learn where our food comes from and how early farmers used to live.
On weekends through mid-October, make a date to ride the ski lift at Giants Ridge (or hike, if you prefer) and take in some magical views of the Superior National Forest.
Have a pasty! The annual Pasty Festival includes music, games, brews and the indomitable pasty, a hand pie filled with meat, potatoes, carrots and rutabaga. We’ll also have a vegetarian version, and a contest for best pasty.
Go industrial: Hull Rust Mine View in Hibbing offers 360-views of an active mine, nearby towns and the Superior National Forest. Visit and chat with retired miners and other volunteers.
Soak it all in: Safe but secluded hiking trails mean you can experience nature without ever getting too far afield. Try the trails at Carey Lake in Hibbing, for example, or the Laurentian Divide near Virginia. There are a number of family friendly trails in the area to show you the beauty of the region.
Save Room for a Snack: There are plenty of great places to eat on the Mesabi! Here are just a few: The Hive in Aurora, the Burnt Onion in Biwabik, or the Whistling Bird in Gilbert; Kunnari’s Kitchen and Natural Harvest Foods Co-op in Virginia, Black Bear Bakery in Chisholm, and Boomtown Woodfire Grill and Brewery in Hibbing and Eveleth.
For the best photo ops, travel west in the morning and east in the evening. For Iron Range Fall Color Maps, lodging information, motorcycle routes, bicycle trail maps, fall color updates and Iron Range attractions information, visit www.ironrange.org. For recreational gear rentals, Giants Ridge golf, and resort hiking trail information, visitwww.giantsridge.com.