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Weekend Itinerary: Exploring the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota

Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater lake with a shoreline that’s 2,800 miles long and includes forested hillsides, waterfalls, and wilderness streams. The North Shore Scenic Drive is a 145-mile scenic byway with dozens of stops that include relaxing, fishing, biking, canoeing, and hiking. Along that route, these special places will surely satisfy any nature lover. 

Where to stay:

The stops along the North Shore Scenic Drive are numerous, but a great place within driving distance to area attractions along the North Shore is the Grand Superior Lodge on Lake Superior in Two Harbors. This resort property includes cabins, log homes, lakeside suites, and lodge homes. Or try a cozy stay at Gooseberry Park Cottages & Motel

Where to eat:

Start the morning off right with the serenity of the cedars, a cup of coffee, and a pastry at Cedar Coffee CompanyBetty’s Pies in Two Harbors is a regular stop along the north shore for breakfast, lunch, and of course, iconic pies. Kick back with a microbrew and views of Lake Superior on Castle Danger Brewery’swraparound porch. Food trucks rotate weekly—snag a tasty bite while enjoying the scenery. 

What to see:

  • The Split Rock Lighthouse, 20 miles north of Two Harbors is a Minnesota landmark. Tour this century-old lighthouse and be transported back in time.
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park, just north of Two Harbors, features trout fishing, hiking, waterfalls, and scenic overlooks. 
  • Get high atop Lake Superior with a stop at Palisade Head in Silver Bay, part of Tettegouche State Park. This overlook was formed more than a billion years ago from a volcanic eruption. 

For more tips: Visit the North Shore

Note: A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. Get yours here.

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