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Grand Rounds Scenic Byway in Minneapolis

Drive, bike or walk the nation's only urban scenic byway to enjoy the Minneapolis area in fall.
Minnehaha Falls.
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Fall color along the Mississippi River.
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Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.
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Walkway through fall trees.
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The nation’s only urban scenic byway starts in downtown Minneapolis and loops 55 miles around the city, linking lakes, parks and vibrant neighborhoods. You can experience the route in pieces, jogging around Lake Harriet or taking the kids to Minnehaha Falls, but driving it all in a day is a true escape—without leaving city limits.

City sights: The Grand Rounds includes the Mississippi riverfront. Mill City Museum has immersive history exhibits, and the Old Stone Arch Bridge beckons for strolls. Enjoy downtown views and memorable breakfasts at the Nicollet Island Inn.

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Minneapolis Parks: Grand Rounds Scenic Byway

Byways.org: Grand Rounds Scenic Byway

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