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This route is called The Bi-State Route because it straddles the Iowa-Minnesota border along the Mississippi River. It provides a mix of both beautiful scenery and amazing roads as it follows the Upper Iowa River on Iowa River Drive and the Root River on both Highways 16 and 21 in Minnesota.  These roads consist of mostly open sweeping curves, but be careful, some tight turns are waiting to sneak up on you.  This route also has you bouncing between bluff tops and deep valleys, as well as riding along the Mississippi River for a nice stretch between Reno and Brownsville.  In addition to the great roads, the Bi-State route also provides access to 3 of Iowa’s waterfalls in and around Decorah. Plentiful parks, monuments, museums, and even Niagara Cave are waiting for you on this scenic ride.


Approximate Mileage:  250 Miles

Estimated Riding Time:  5.5 Hours

Road Surface:  Paved



  • Caledonia:  Beaver Creek Valley State Park, Schech’s Mill, Houston County Courthouse

  • Harmony:  Niagara Cave, Amish Tours of Harmony

  • Preston:  2 Way Oldmobile, Huge Trout Statue

  • Decorah:  Locust School Museum, Dunning Spring Falls, Ice Cave Hill Park, Malanaphy Falls, Pulpit Rock/Will Baker Park, Seiwar Spring Falls, Chattahoochie County Park

  • Spring Grove:  Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, Viking, Troll, Bear Statues

  • Cresco:  C Baker / Chimney County Park

  • Hokah:  Como Falls

  • Houston:  International Owl Center

  • Dorchester:  Ryumonji Zen Monastary


A Paper Map is available for this route.

Motorcycle Rides, Decorah, Harmony, Preston, Sheridan, Houston, Hokah, LaCrescent, LaCrosse, New Albin, Spring Grove, Eitzen, Rushford, Caledonia, Spring Grove, Lansing, Onalaska

Bi-State Route

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  • Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices.  In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.


    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.


    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option. 


    You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.

    AND using this coupon code at checkout:  Driftlessforless.


    By using this link and coupon code a portion of your subscription fee will go to support Driftless Roads USA.

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