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Address: , Lake Itasca, MN
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Activities: Driving
Description: A narrow one-way road that twists and turns through a couple of thousand...
A narrow one-way road that twists and turns through a couple of thousand acres of pine trees at Itasca State Park.
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a must do while visiting Itasca

This is the main scenic road around Lake Itasca. Multiple areas to pull off along the way for scenery, hiking and the headwaters. After the Headwaters it becomes a 1-way drive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is the main scenic road around Lake Itasca. Multiple areas to pull off along the way for scenery, hiking and the headwaters. After the Headwaters it becomes a 1-way drive. We pulled over at Preachers Grove, Peace Pipe Vista, the Wegman Cabin, the Headwaters & Gift shop, the large White Pine and Aiton Fire Tower. Careful of the bikers... More 

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Noneofyourbiz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Nice oversized lane, one way.. beautiful lakes and foliage. A few hills, mostly downhill, can get some good speed. HOWEVER, take note that some drivers suck.. even here. My 11 year old was ran off the road by an elderly driver in a Cadillac. He wasn't hurt, but the driver didn't see him, nor even stop. We made it to... More 

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Beautiful, Majestic, challenging for bikers, a must do on the bucket list if you have a bicycle and want to spend some time outdoors!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Beautiful drive! We pulled off to read about the bison kill site and were very informed. It was very interesting to coonect the information from the East entrance visitor's center to the places in the park. Drive slowly and take it all in!

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London, United Kingdom
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365 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

First of all Slow Down! Not just to appreciate the pine tree canopies, or view the colours at the right time of year, or check out the wildlife, or enjoy the views, but to take care to avoid the bikers- who are doing the same things! Sure, the trail road is one way from the N entrance, but that only... More 

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Glenwood, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The best way to do this drive is slowly! It is gorgeous in any season, especially Fall. We went the last time in August but still great - you never know what you can see.

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Champaign, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Went slow and stop at nearly all the attractions. Blowdown Trail was, by appearances, the least traveled and had the most mosquitoes. Interesting in its own right but not the best for kids IMO. Bohall Trail is a better option and much more traveled, ending in a lovely view of Bohall Lake. Beaver Lake had a nesting pair of Trumpeter... More 

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SIOUX FALLS
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50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

The eight miles trip its a must! We seen porcupine, deers and so many Eagles. Next time we will bring our bikes

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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Wilderness Drive is by far my favorite part of ISP. 10 miles on a one way blacktop road that is filled w/beautiful scenery...heavily wooded with small ponds & lakes with multiple scenic pullovers. I just rode my bike from the bike rental hut thru the Wilderness Drive and back...about 16 miles. Even when I was lacking in oxygen due to... More 

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Princeton, Minnesota, USA
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43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The one way wilderness drive is beautiful. it curves through the park along many lakes. The drive is relaxing and allows everyone to get close to nature.

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