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The Best Midwestern Bike Rides: Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

What are the best stretches of road for taking a spring bike ride in the Midwest?

More than 1,000 lakes like this one surround the Edge of Wilderness Scenic Byway. Via Shutterstock     Photo: T.W.

A:Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, Minnesota
French fur traders—known as voyageurs—were the first Europeans to establish a presence in northern Minnesota nearly 200 years ago, carrying their goods by canoe. You can trace one of their routes by biking the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, a 47-mile stretch of State Route 38 that traces the edge of the untamed Chippewa National Forest. Along the way are more than 1,000 lakes, and nearly as many streams and rivers. Get outfitted at Itasca Trail Sports bike shop in Grand Rapids, a downtown institution since the 1950s.

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