Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway

Explore the Whitefish Chain by traveling on Minnesota's best drving route — the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. Tour all 54 miles in your car, pedal your bike, or just put on some good walking shoes.

No matter what the season the sights will amaze. Learn more about the history and Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan by listening to audio podcasts or reading the entertaining kiosks along the drive. 

Visit the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway's website for five different day trip ideas.

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What is a Byway?

A byway is a set of roads that tell the story of their area’s archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities in a compelling and extraordinary way. Byway routes are selected based on their characteristics and how well they represent their region.

This definition of "scenic" reaches beyond breathtaking vistas. This set of roads are gateways to adventures where no two experiences are the same. 

The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway's 54-mile driving route is made up entirely of county roads, that take travelers through 14 jurisdictions; with hiking and walking trails, recreational parks and lakes, wildlife management areas, and historical artifacts. The route has a non-profit organization, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, that manages the projects, programs and events along the route.

The Byway's history is based on the widening of the shoulders (for bicyclists) of the county roads which make up the route.