Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in Minnesota (2021 Riding Season Year-End Review)

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We looked at a full collection of 2021 motorcycle riding season data when millions of riders visited to find the best motorcycles rides and routes in the USA, Canada, and abroad.  For over 20 years now, has been documenting the best/most-popular motorcycle roads, routes, and rides and for about a decade, we have published annual reports after diving into the website's statistics (which routes are riders researching the most, which routes are getting the most photo/video/comment uploads, etc., etc.) to determine which of the motorcycle routes have risen to the top in motorcycle rider popularity.  We look at a complex set of factors (see Note 2 below) to determine which of the motorcycle rides in each of the states and US regions are the most popular and rated to be the best by motorcycle riders just like you.  Our very popular annual "Top Motorcycle Rides per Region" guides cover the best rides for each of the four official riding regions of the USA: the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and the West.  This year we took things a step further and decided to gone one level deeper and develop guides outlining the Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in for the US states and so you are seeing one of those such guides on this page.   

The land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota, also offers motorcycle riders countless miles of riding through dense forests, around lakes and next to rivers as well as riding along coastal scenery along Lake Superior.  The state has many great rides but we've looked through the 2021 riding season activity on to determine which were the 5 most popular motorcycle rides in Minnesota.  So, starting from #5 and working our way down to the #1 best motorcycle ride in Minnesota .


After reviewing an entire year of activity of Minnesota motorcycle riders, here are the results:

Top 5 Most Popular Motorcycle Rides in Minnesota!


#5 The Waconia To Henderson Run

Riding the twisting roads of The Waconia To Henderson Run is the ideal way to decompress in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region. This trip starts in Waconia, which is around 40 minutes from Minneapolis via US-212 W. It provides an all-around exhilarating riding experience with opportunities to eat and take in different sights.

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#4 Triple State Mississippi River Run (MN, IA, WI)

The Tri-State Mississippi River Run is a 123216-mile course across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Begin your journey in Minnesota, near Brownsville, where Routes 26 and 3 intersect. Take Rt. 26 south out of Brownsville toward Iowa. On your left, you will see the Mississippi River. The Tri-State Mississippi River Run is fantastic for spring, summer, or fall.

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#3 The Welch Village Twisties Run

The Welch Village Twisties Run is a 21-mile route via rural Minnesota that crosses the picturesque Cannon River. This journey starts in Red Wing, which is roughly 1.5 hours outside of Minneapolis on US-61S. The valley landscape along the way gives the impression that you are riding through a mountain valley further west.

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#2 The Incredible North Shore Tour

This journey takes you from Duluth to Grand Marais along the shores of Lake Superior. From Duluth, drive US Highway 61 north until you reach the US/Canadian border. This is a 144-mile journey that will take you from Duluth to Grand Portage.

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#1 Highway 61 - LaCrescent, MN To Red Wing, MN

The Highway 61 - La Crescent to Red Wing journey starts in the southeast corner of Minnesota, near La Crosse, Wisconsin, at the hamlet of La Crescent. The roadway follows the west bank of the Mississippi River throughout the whole length of its route.

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Note 1:  All facts and figures below were gathered in Dec of 2021 and will change over time as new motorcycle roads are added to the collection.  For an update listing, you can go to at any time, search on a state of your choosing, and you'll be presented with a list of the best motorcycle roads in that state.  You can also search on the newest motorcycle routes to be registered in that state as well as sift through the routes based on other filters.  Some examples of filtered searches you can do is to filter results based on - only the routes in your state that have 5-star scenery ratings, or only routes with a 5-star driving excitement rating and at least a 3-star rating for scenery, etc. etc.

Note 2:  How were these popularity ratings calculated? 
A motorcycle road’s popularity can be based on a wide variety of factors.  Our analysis considered some obvious indicators of motorcycle road popularity such each roads’ “Rider Rating” scores (star ratings) and which motorcycle road description pages were visited the most.  But, the analysis dug deeper and looked at some less obvious yet valuable indicators of a motorcycle road’s popularity such as how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “To Ride” lists, how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “Rode it” lists and enthusiasm indicators such how often photos and/or videos were uploaded for a given road and which roads are attracting the most buzz among motorcycle roads indicated by those roads that are receiving the most number of new/recent comments.  For the sake of being consistent and as objective as possible we use a popularity algorithm that “crunches those number” and allows us to develop a ranking of the popularity of each of the motorcycle roads used as a basis for this guide.


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