States Traversed: Wisconsin, with slight forays west into Minnesota and east into Michigan
US Route 8 stretches east-west across northern Wisconsin, barely poking east into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and barely poking west into east-central Minnesota. The western end is at Interstate 35 in Forest Lake, Minnesota, in the northern outskirts of the Twin Cities' metropolitan area. From there, US Route 8 heads east across small-town northern Wisconsin. The largest town served by US Route 8 in Wisconsin might be Rhinelander, which only has about 8,300 people (2020). US Route 8 only makes it two miles into Michigan before it ends at US Route 2, in the town of Norway, situated just southeast of Iron Mountain.
My photo of US Route 8 is actually the eastern end marker in Norway, Michigan. The photo is the result of an impromptu trip on an unusually warm weekend in early December, 2017. The sign assembly depicted faces south, as US Route 8's eastern couple miles bend northerly to meet US Route 2. I'm thankful that US Route 8 makes it into Michigan, because Wisconsin's sign policy is to make each and every guide assembly into a unisign with a black background (a subject that I don't prefer in my photographs). Back to the nationwide main page. Back to the home page.