Re: US 212 Vs SD 34 from Sturgis to Pierre?
You may want to check North shore drive along Lake Superior. Check to make sure there isn't road construction though. I heard that the road is under construction after Gooseberry Falls to the Canada border. I wouldn't go to International Falls I would go over at Grand Portage if you want to go on the north of Superior. Highway 61 but this may be under construction. Check the minn mndot site for road work.
To miss the Cities you need to head to St. Cloud and head North from there.
The only bad thing is from the bad lands to about Twin cities or St. Cloud or Rochester the ride is flat and boring.
All you will see is corn, beans, corn, birds, beans, corn, and if lucky a Farm house, corn, corn, Small town etc etc etc for mile after mile. You may as well plan a good 12 hour ride with this in your sites. If you can do it get it over with in one day or stop and see the Mitchell Corn Palace in SD or the worlds larges ball of lint or something like that.
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