Minnesota Scenic Drive: Grand Rounds Scenic Byway

Highlights of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway

Drive the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and you will see virtually all of the following sites.

Theodore Wirth Park: Beginning at the northeastern terminus of the Grand Rounds on Highway 35W, travel west and follow the byway as it winds around to Theodore Wirth Park. This park is well worth the visit and includes the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, with its spectacular display of wildflowers and other flowering plants.

Loring Park/Sculpture Garden: Returning to the byway, follow it around Cedar Lake to Lake Calhoun. Here, turn northeast and travel around Lake of the Isles to Loring Park. Loring Park is home to the well-known Sculpture Garden. With its impressive display of sculpture and fanciful artwork, the Sculpture Garden is one of the highlights of the Grand Rounds.

Lake Harriet Refectory: Return in the direction you came, only continue to wind around Lake Calhoun to Lake Harriet to visit the Lake Harriet Refectory, another popular site along the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.

Minnehaha Park : Continue following the byway as it turns and travels east to Minnehaha Park, where you may view the falls, and Lake Hiawatha.

: From here, follow the byway north to its terminus at Nicollet Island and Boom Island. Both are interesting places to visit in downtown Minneapolis.

Nowhere else does the bustle of the city team up so well with nature's best as it does on Minnesota's Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.

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