Welcome to the North Shore

This is an amazing place to live and to visit. I hope this website helps you plan, explore and appreciate your visit to this section of Lake Superior coastline called the North Shore. Follow the route of the North Shore Scenic Drive, an All-American Road, from Canal Park in Duluth, along the shore, through the burgs and woodlands, to the international border at Grand Portage with a taste of what to expect in Canada.

The North Shore has been hosting visitors for hundreds of years. From nomadic natives to foreign voyageurs to Scandinavian immigrants to you. It is an area of great and varied natural beauty. Your eyes will be drawn throughout each day to the vast and ever-changing Lake Superior. Serene, calm, indistinguishable from the sky. Raging, crashing, frothing. Banked with fog, covered with ice, bathed in the sun, agates sparkling.

Be sure to include some inland exploring too. The rivers cascading into the lake, the massive chunks of undeveloped woodlands, the ridges [one-time shore of the big lake] and the picturesque inland lakes. Spring waterfalls and wildflowers, summer berries and festivals, stunning fall colors, thick blankets of snow and massive blue ice formations on the shore. Choose your season [no one said you had to pick just one!].

Read and explore on NorthShoreVisitor.com, then come up for a visit!

quick link to -> Trail Report & Snow Conditions

a note from nina


It’s snowing. It’s sunny. It’s cold. It’s beautiful. It’s winter!

We’ve hit that point in the season where we have a solid base for winter sports, check out the Trail Report for Snow Conditions, Did you know all the trails at Split Rock Lighthouse are now Fat Bike Trails? Pincushion Trails near Grand Marais now has one Fat Bike Trail, too.  Here’s the complete list of winter activities and then check out the amazing live music, naturalist and special events going on all winter.

Head over to the Lodging page to see all your choices for where to stay and include a stop on the Lodging Specials page for winter packages.

– Nina

February 5, 2017

snowy pines

Map of North Shore