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Wilderness Drive

Lake Itasca, MN
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Ranked #3 of 10 attractions in Lake Itasca
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: 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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Pacific Junction, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is a must! It's great for the chilly, rainy days. Bring a thick sweater and cover up to help keep mosquitoes at bay, if you choose to venture out on the trails. This is a beautiful drive that you should take nice and slow to watch for all the wild life (I didn't see any bears, but did see... More

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Zeeland, Michigan
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110 reviews 110 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Wonderful 10 mile one way drive. Places to pull off and go for hikes and even a 100 foot fire tower to climb to the top for amazing views of the whole park!!

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Minneapolis
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

My husband and I took this drive. It is a one way paved 10 mile drive. Take your time and enjoy. Beautiful pine tree canopies. There are several places where you can stop and park to take a quick hike. We stopped twice to see both the biggest white pine and the biggest red pine. Both were a quick walk... More

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Fargo, North Dakota
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Great way to spend an afternoon bike riding however you need to watch for cars as you share the road with them and some people drive too fast. Some of the bike trails were marked as closed/under construction but we took them anyway and they were fine. This was much safer than sharing the road with cars. Beautiful ride. Take... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We drove this 4 times during our 2-night stay. One night we drove it two times in a row. We saw raccoons, skunk, bats, an owl, frogs, mice, and a bobcat. It was best to drive it at night, and were were so surprised no one else seemed to drive it at night. It was nice during the day, plenty... More

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Burien, WA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The Wilderness Drive (one-way from the North entrance) provides a peaceful and scenic alternative to driving along the east side of Lake Itasca with hundreds of other tourists. Drive slowly and enjoy the quiet setting, There are a few short hikes you can optionally take if you wish to stretch your legs. When we were there in mid-August, a few... More

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Dallas
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176 reviews 176 reviews
58 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I did not plan to stay at Itasca State Park but my trip to Angle Inlet did not appear to be a good choice because of the weather so I stay at Itasca State Park. Of course I had to take the Wilderness Drive. I was on a motorcycle and it rained most of the day but it was a... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

A partial one way drive which will take you through the Itasca state park. The road is nicely paved and is newly paved and gives you an excellent tour of the state park. If you are in Itasca you can't miss this one.

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Chicago
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

A one way road that really allows you to experience the park without getting out of your car.

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Minneapolis, MN
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

The 10-mile wilderness drive has been completely repaved! At last, you won't be scaring off the wildlife when your suspension bottoms out in the ruts and potholes!

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