Must See Scenic Drives in Duluth, Minnesota

Discover the most stunning scenic drives in Duluth and along the North Shore of Lake Superior this summer. Ancient glaciers created the dramatic landscape with sheer cliffs, sparkling shorelines, deep old-growth forests and distant mountain peaks. So, it’s no surprise that Travel and Leisure highlighted The North Shore Drive in their article listing America’s Most Scenic Roads. However, the Duluth area actually has four amazing scenic drives. Each offer an unforgettable day of overlooks, waterfall hikes and charming towns. See the unparalleled beauty all around Duluth while enjoying a relaxing drive. Stay at the hub of all the attractions in lovely Canal Park. The Solglimt Bed and Breakfast, right on the water’s edge, has sweeping views of Lake Superior. Our tranquil retreat feels like a world away, while being just steps from great restaurants and shopping. Our three course, gourmet breakfasts will have you ready for another exciting day in Duluth. Reserve your elegant guest suite with us for a perfect summer escape. 

4 Scenic Drives from Duluth 

  1. North Shore DriveThis 142 mile road will take drivers on a journey from Duluth to Grand Portage. Don’t rush the trip along the legendary Highway 61 that lasts about 2 hours and 40 minutes. The unspoiled wilderness of grand forests flank one side of the road while the other hugs the shimmering shoreline of Lake Superior. Stop at overlooks for a better view of breathtaking vistas. Exploring Gooseberry Falls, Ion’s Beach and the clifftop Split Rock Lighthouse are all worth the extra time. 
  2. The Duluth Skyline Parkway – There’s almost too many features and parks to list on this road that connects many recreational areas and overlooks. However, “The Seven Bridges Road” extension is a must-see. The peaceful country road winds its way along the Amity Creek, crossing sparkling streams over rustic stone bridges. Stop at the Magney-Snively Natural Area and Chester Park for great summer hiking trails and views of Duluth and the St. Louis River. Climb the five-story blue stone observation tower in Enger Park for panoramic views of the Twin Ports. While the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve has wonderful wildlife sighting opportunities especially during the raptor migration from August to September. End your day at Spirit Mountain for a ride on the alpine coaster or a thrilling zipline. 
  3. Superior National Forest Scenic Byway – Forest Highway 11 lives up to its name with miles and miles of pristine woods. Travel through the serene Superior National Forest with rivers and lake views. The historic Timber Arch Bridge crossing the Partridge River and Toimi School are some of the many points of interest along the way. 
  4. Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway – This is the furthest from Duluth and the wild road offers the miles of undeveloped northwood scenery. The peaceful forests offer visitors beautiful vistas, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. The remote wilderness is also home to diverse wildlife such as moose, deer and loons. Access points to Superior National Forest trails lead to hiking and mountain biking opportunities. Hike up to Eagle Mountain, the highest point in the state, or just enjoy a view of the impressive peak. 

After your long, satisfying excursion, return to the quiet setting at The Solglimt Bed and Breakfast. End a perfect day watching the sunset over Lake Superior from our rooftop deck with panoramic views. Book your scenic getaway before the sunny, summer months slip away.