Hwy 1 through Ely - 241 miles
The North Shore of Minnesota has what no other place in the Midwest can offer -- an inland sea, a mountain backdrop, an unspoiled wilderness, and a unique feeling all its own. The North Shore is a place that you will want to come back to again and again. Bisecting the rugged, heavily forested Arrowhead region, Minnesota Highway 1 runs for 68 miles between the North Woods outpost of Ely and Crystal Bay on Lake Superior. Special attractions: International Wolf Center and Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely; sharply rolling forest, cold water streams, and pristine lakes in Superior National Forest and Finland State Forest.
Skyline Loop - 33 miles
Overlooking the lovely port city of Duluth, the Skyline Parkway offers travelers a rewarding, bird's-eye view of the harbor and the endless shoreline of Lake Superior. Recreational opportunities on neighboring trails and in local parks make this drive especially refreshing. Enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing and picnic areas along the way. At the northern end of the Byway, Hawk Ridge is an excellent vantage point for watching migratory birds in spring and fall.
On This Route: Seven Bridges Road
Bayfield Scenic Loop - 191 miles
This is one of Northern Wisconsin's most beautiful rides. US Hwy2 will take you through some historic towns such as Brule and Iron River. About 11 miles past Iron River turn left on Forest Road 236 for one of the nicest and twisty scenic roads in Northern Wisconsin. This route will take you through the Lake Superior Fishing Villages of Washburn, Bayfield, Cornucopia, and Herbster.
Headwaters of the Mississippi River Route (Itasca State Park)