THIS Was Named MN’s Most Scenic Drive? Hmmmm.
The FW just named each state's must-drive roads, and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway was nominated as Minnesota's don't-miss route.
“I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me," said Walt Whitman. Taking a cue from the "Oh Captain! My Captain!" author, The FW put together a list of each state's must-drive stretches of road. Alaska's 127-mile Seward Highway made the list; so did California's Pacific Coast Highway, Colorado's Pikes Peak Highway, Nebraska's Outlaw Trail and Wisconsin's Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
"Never without a lakeside view, this byway showcases lots of sandy beaches and swimming holes," the article reads. "Pull over at Pelican Lake to play a game of horseshoes on Breezy Point Beach."
With milepost markers like Swanburg Faith Lutheran Church and Cemetery, Nuts and Bolts Metal Sculpture, a random outhouse, various lakes, various information centers, another old church, a (closed) historic DNR Fire Tower, Paul Bunyan's Arrow and a rumored meteor site, Paul Bunyan's Scenic Byway is certainly a...fascinating...drive. But is it really Minnesota's must-see stretch of road?
Rated the Most-Scenic Drive by TripAdvisor, there's no contesting how gorgeous Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive is no matter the season. Nearby Skyline Parkway in Duluth is another scenic drive. U.S. Highway 61 between Winona and Red Wing or the even longer Great River Road along the Mississippi River is also a gorgeous stretch. And, of course, there's the breathtaking stretch of I-94 between St. Cloud and Fargo-Moorhead with its flat plains and fields and...well..that's actually about it.