View of Lake Superior at Silver Creek Cliff Wayside Park on North Shore Minnesota
One of my favorite scenic views in Minnesota didn’t make my top 12! Silver Creek Cliff Wayside Park is located in Two Harbors on the North Shore of Minnesota overlooking Lake Superior.

Full disclosure: There are definitely more than 12 breathtaking views in Minnesota. This ranked list is just a few of my favorite and best views in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. It was challenging! Watch a future best views in Minnesota series where I’ll share more scenic views of lakes, rivers, bluffs, gorges, bridges, park benches, fire towers, and more.

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List of the best views in Minnesota

Here is a list of the top 12 most scenic views in Minnesota – ranked!

12. St. Croix River at Interstate State Park; Taylors Falls, MN

steamboat on a river surrounded by trees scenic view Interstate State Park Minnesota Taylors Falls
One of the most scenic landscapes in Minnesota is Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. You’ll find dramatic views from and of the bluffs overlooking the St. Croix River.

11. Mississippi River from Mill City Museum; Minneapolis, MN

Mill City Museum view of Mississippi River and Stone Arch Bridge
My favorite Twin Cities viewpoint is from the rooftop balcony at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minn. Here you’ll capture scenic views of the Mississippi River, the historic Stone Arch Bridge, and St. Anthony Falls (not pictured).

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10. Fire tower at St. Croix State Park; Hinckley, MN

Scenic view from St. Croix fire tower state park
If you love chasing fall colors and a cardio workout, then climb the 100-ft. fire tower at St. Croix State Park. Located in Hinckley, Minnesota, you’ll capture sweeping views above the tree canopy.

9. Mount Tom at Sibley State Park; New London, Minnesota

Sibley State Park Minnesota best winter and summer hiking with sunset
One of the best sunset views in Minnesota is from the top of Mount Tom at Sibley State Park in New London, MN. I captured this beautiful sunset on a winter hike – would love to return in the fall.

8. Sandbank Trail at Forestville State Park; Preston, MN

Forestville Mystery Cave overlook
Golden hour at Forestville State Park in Preston, Minnesota is spectacular. One of the best views of the forested gorge from the Sandbank Trail Overlook. O

7. Switchback Trail at Beaver Creek Valley State Park; Caledonia, Minnesota

Best bluff view for fall colors in Minnesota Beaver Creek Valley State Park
This hidden gem of a state park offers the best seat for a stunning sunset view. Beaver Creek Valley State Park is Minnesota’s most southeastern state park.

6. High Falls at Grand Portage State Park; Grand Portage, MN

High Falls Grand Portage State Park best waterfalls in Minnesota
Who doesn’t love a scenic waterfall view? High Falls at Grand Portage State Park is one of the prettiest views in Minnesota.

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5. Middle and Low Falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park; Two Harbors, MN

Four waterfalls with trees and a bridge
Minnesota’s most popular state park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, offers several scenic views of all four of their waterfalls. Pictured here are the Middle and Lower Falls. For another beautiful view, hike to the top of the Highway 61 overlook bridge. You’ll get a different view of the waterfalls and of Lake Superior in the distance.

4. Mount Charity at John A. Latsch State Park; Minnesota City, Minnesota

View of Mississippi River and green foliage
Can you believe this scenic view is located in Minnesota? Although John A. Latsch is one of the smallest state parks, it is one of my favorites. The half-mile trail of nearly 600 steps to the top of Mount Charity takes you to the prettiest view of the Mississippi River Valley.

3. Summit Express Gondola at Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen, Minn.

View from the top of a mountain overlooking fall foliage and a lake on a gondola ride
For scenic views in any season, take a ride in the Summit Express Gondola at Lutsen Mountains Ski & Summer Resort. You’ll be treated to stunning views of the Sawtooth Mountains, Lake Superior, and a forested canopy of trees.

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2. Palisade Head at Tettegouche State Park; Silver Bay, MN

Cliff overlooking Lake Superior Palisade Head scenic view
Palisade Head at Tettegouche State Park rises 300 feet above Lake Superior. This breathtaking and stunning view overlooks rugged cliffs and shoreline on the North Shore of Minnesota near Silver Bay, MN. Use caution as there are no guardrails at this scenic overlook.

1. Split Rock Lighthouse from the shores of Lake Superior; Two Harbors, MN

Lighthouse overlooking Lake Superior with fall colors leaves
Of course, the most scenic view in Minnesota features a lighthouse. While you can take in beautiful views next to historic Split Rock Lighthouse, one of the best views is on the shoreline of Lake Superior. Prepare to walk 200 steps down to capture this stunning view (and then back up). Travel tip: Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls State Park are only seven miles from each other. So make sure your itinerary of the most scenic views in Minnesota include both.

Which is your favorite scenic view in Minnesota?

Again, these are only 12 of the best and most scenic views in Minnesota. Check out my overview of all 66 Minnesota state parks for even more stunning views.

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  1. I can understand why you chose these breathtaking views as they are truly amazing! I’d love to visit Minnesota and Mount Charity or High Falls would be at the top of my list for sure!

  2. I am trying to make my way to all 50 states, and I have yet to do Minnesota! This was definitely helpful, and I can plan my trip around some of these spots I want to see 🙂

  3. These truly are 12 breathtaking hikes in Minnesota! How absolutely gorgeous! I live in the desert, so I just love seeing all the greenery and the waterfalls in your posts. Looks like it would be a dream to hike there!

    1. I hope you get the opportunity to visit Minnesota again soon! High Falls is definitely high on my list of the most breathtaking views in Minnesota.

  4. I can see why you included each and every one of these, how stunning. There is so much to do in America, I can’t wait to go back and explore more. I will definitely save this post for future travels 🙂

  5. It’s difficult to pick a favourite but I really like the view of High Falls. These are all stunning locations and definitely worth visiting while in Minnesota.

  6. These Minnesota views are breathtaking! We love visiting the state and will add a few of these to our must-visit list!!

  7. Those views are truly breathtaking. I thought it would be easy to choose a favourite but there are too many. The colours of the trees from the fire tower at St. Croix State Park are gorgeous and the High Falls at Grand Portage State Park are splendid – who doesn’t love a waterfall?

    1. Waterfall hikes are the best! And love High Falls at Grand Portage State Park. So many scenic views in Minnesota.

    1. Thank you so much! While it’s hard to choose the most scenic view in Minnesota, I also love Split Rock Lighthouse.

  8. There are some spectacular views and viewing points in Minnesota. The nature views will always impress me, in particular the waterfalls speak to me. The Mount Charity view reminds me a lot about Australia and could easily be from a tropical country. I’m impressed indeed!

    Carolin | Solo Travel Story

    1. Thank you so kindly! We do have some pretty scenic views in Minnesota. Mount Charity is one of my favorite hikes for a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River. And it does look tropical in the summer!

  9. These are all spectacular. I love a waterfall and am super envious that you are surrounded by so much water! Side note, the reverse is also true, I loved the view of Mill City Museum from the Stone Arch Bridge!

  10. We really do need to plan a visit to Minnesota. It really is an easy trip from Toronto for a longer stay. You have shown some amazing views and we would not want to miss a single one! I love that you have shown that the views are great at different times of day, various seasons and with different weather.

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