The North Shore, as it is often known, easily becomes a favorite of anyone who's had the pleasure to drive it. Recognized nationally as a scenic road, Highway 61 clings to the shore of Lake Superior as it heads to the Canadian border, a trip of 150 miles. Along that stretch you get bluffs and waterfalls, lighthouses and forests, all on a well-maintained ribbon of two-lane blacktop. An especially popular time to go is the early fall when the foliage is at its most majestic. Curio shops and smoked-fish shacks offer entertaining diversions. Those looking to extend their ride can explore the Gunflint Trail and Highway 1 to Ely. For more info on the North Shore visit the DNR's website at www.dnr.state.mn.us.