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Most direct route from Duluth to Ely.

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Most direct route from Duluth to Ely.

OK, now i'm on a roll!

I have been given directions by the camp to drive upto Two Harbors from Duluth then across to Ely but looking at a traditional map it doesn't look like that is the quickest or most direct route. I don't trust Mapquest, hear horror stories of driving around in circles!

what suggestions do those local to the area have on which route to take?

thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Most direct route from Duluth to Ely.

The route up to Two Harbors and then north is the shortest and may or may not be the quickest. I'd probably prefer the drive up Hwy 53 to just north of Virginia an then on Hwy 169 to Ely. Going up from Two Harbors will put you in a pretty wild area and the route northwest on Hwy 1 is pretty crooked. Fun drive if you are well rested and into driving in the woods and not in a hurry.

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2. Re: Most direct route from Duluth to Ely.

The quickest route is to take Highway 53 North out of Duluth then take Hwy 169 to Ely. Highway 1 is pretty scenic but not a good road. There are very many crazy curves and its best not to even deal with it. Its the type of road that makes kids carsick. My kids never get carsick, unless they are on Hwy 1.

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