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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!
It’s quiet time on the North Shore. The leaves are down, the firewood is stacked, but it’s not quite time to prepare for the holidays. It’s the time of year we all turn towards Lake Superior, blue and flat and serene at times but most often wind-whipped, white-capped and wild. The other color of the season is the blaze orange of grouse hunters and deer hunters, hoping to fill the larder for winter. You will find music and smaller events, but if something is important to your trip, call ahead, as many businesses move to shorter hours.
I’ll be back before Thanksgiving to let you know about the local artisan sales, craft sales, village holiday festivities and the snow report. Until then, I’ll be out for the last hikes of the season, and getting my cross-country and alpine skis tuned up for the season.