The Fall colors will soon be in full swing.  And it might be a great idea to plan a road trip.  Or, if you just want to get away over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. This is a great scenic road trip while staying in Minnesota.

Highway 61 runs along the North shore and goes through or near some of the most scenic towns in our state. Granted, there are several other areas that are also very scenic, but this one is considered as one of the best.

If you are wondering how long this road is, where it starts with your "scenic road trip" according to "Only in Your State" it's about 150 miles of Minnesota's North Shore.  If you didn't stop along the route (but you will want to) it would take you a little under three hours.  But you will want to make some stops along the way.  So, it would be a great weekend getaway.

First up:

DULUTH

As one of Minnesota's largest cities, Duluth has a lot to offer.  Great shops, restaurants, places to see and explore, or just to drive slowly through.  The scenery is gorgeous.  It might be a great place to stay if planning to hang out for the weekend. There are a lot of hotels, and some of them are full of history that is also fun to learn about.

TWO HARBORS

This is a fairly small town of less then 5000 people.  If you do make a stop here, make sure to check out Split Rock Lighthouse and explore Gooseberry Falls.  This was a place we would go when I was a kid to camp every year.  Great scenery and for the brave, some cliff jumping.

Get our free mobile app

BEAVER BAY

This is a really small town.  One of those "blink and you'll miss it" places.  Has a population of around 100 people.  If you are a person who loves to find agates, you will love the Beaver Bay Agate shop.  For a bite to eat, check out the Lemon Wolf Cafe.  What I noticed first about their menu, is great breakfast options.

SCHROEDER

I'll be honest, this is the first time I have heard of this small community.  Apparently the big attraction in this town is a bakery called Schroeder Baking Company.  Looking at their Facebook page, they have all sorts of things to choose from; coffees, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches as well as wraps and salads.  Perfect.  There is also the Cross River Falls not too far away if you would like to walk off some of those delicious baked goods.

GRAND MARAIS

Considered as Minnesota's "best small town" Grand Marais is a sleepy little town of just under 1500 people.  But the views of Lake Superior are worth the drive.  There is a spot called Artist's Point, where you can take a great photo, or try your hand at drawing or painting.  Restaurants include the Angry Trout Cafe or try the supposed "worlds best donuts" at the Grand Marais Donut Shop.

GRAND PORTAGE

Make sure to visit Grand Portage State Park.  Waterfalls and other scenic areas to view and explore.  Also make sure to check out the Grand Portage National Monument.  If you are interested in history, this will give you some knowledge of the Ojibwe people along with the North West Company and what was going on during the fur trade.

This could be a road trip that is not only informative, but also extremely scenic.

LOOK: Must-do activities at every national park

Stacker lists the must-do activities at every national park ranked by the annual number of visitors. 

LOOK: Stunning vintage photos capture the beauty of America's national parks

Today these parks are located throughout the country in 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The land encompassing them was either purchased or donated, though much of it had been inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world, and as spaces for exploration.

Keep scrolling for 50 vintage photos that show the beauty of America's national parks.

More From 98.1 Minnesota's New Country