Minnesota Chapter
of the
Moto Guzzi National Owners Club

Anytime rides

Edge of the Wilderness

The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway

The Great River Road

Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway

Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway

North Shore Scenic Ride

Edge of the Wilderness

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Road map

The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway begins at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and State Trunk Highway 38 in Grand Rapids and proceeds north on STH 38 through the Chippewa National Forest and the towns of Marcell and Bigfork, terminating in Effie, Minnesota.

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The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway

Description

There are lot's of fun lakes in the middle of the Twin Cities. This ride winds around Cedar Lake, Lake Of The Isles, Lake Calhoon, Lake Harriet, and Lake Nokomis. Ice cream shops are scattered about, making this ride great for a summer afternoon. - John Ulrich

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Road map

There are many ways to reach this scenic Byway.

From the North: Take I-35W south into Minneapolis, exit on Stinson Boulevard, and take a right on Stinson Boulevard heading north.

From the South: Take I-35W north into Minneapolis, exit at 46th Street, and take a left (west) on 46th Street to East Lake Harriet Parkway or a right (east) on East Lake Harriet Parkway heading north.

From the West: Take I-394 east into Minneapolis, exit at Penn Avenue, and take a left on Penn Avenue to Glenwood Avenue. Take a left (west) on Glenwood Avenue to Theodore Wirth Parkway.

From Downtown Minneapolis: Take East Hennepin Avenue to West River Parkway.

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The Great River Road

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Road map

Beginning at the "Old Man River" source at Lake Itasca, travel through the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota. Follow Highway 61 north to the plains and agricultural areas in the central part of the state. Continue on through the Twin Cities metropolitan area and the bluffs and river towns of southeast Minnesota to the Iowa border.

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Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway

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Road map

The Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway follows MN 16 from La Crescent west to Interstate 90. Visitors seeking Minnesota Highway 16 must pay careful attention to routing signs through this area to reach the Scenic Byway, and can be quite distracted by the dramatic visual quality of this area located high above the Mississippi River Valley among the river bluffs.

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Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway

Description

For a shorter ride near the twin cities: Follow 40 from Carver through East Union to just north of Belle Plaine. Continue on Scenic Byway 6 through Jessenland on to Henderson. Beautiful scenery, some nice curves, and not a lot of traffic. If you need to get back home in a jiffy, just jump over to Hwy 169. - Gregory Bender

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Road map of full route

Road map of shorter route

When traveling the Byway from east to west, begin at the junction of MN HWY 25, near Belle Plaine and follow the signs, which take you all the way to the Minnesota, South Dakota State Border at West Browns Valley.

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North Shore Scenic Ride

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Road map

The North Shore Scenic Drive is comprised of the northern 150 miles of Minnesota Trunk Highway 61, from Duluth to Two Harbors all the way to Grand Portage near the U.S./Canadian Border.

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