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Here are a few of our favorite things to do as you travel up the Shore.
Take walking tour of all the burgs and villages along the Shore.
Drive some back roads.
Make your own discoveries about the land that borders the big lake.

Along Scenic 61 Two Harbors & Gooseberry Area Beaver Bay &
Silver Bay Area
Inland Area from
Little Marais
Schroeder, Tofte & Lutsen Area Grand Marais Area
Grand Portage Area Gunflint Trail Area Check out
101 Things To Do, too!

Along Scenic 61
french river fish hatchery French River Fish Hatchery
On Scenic 61 at the French River
On occasion, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources incubates native fish here. Stop in weekdays at the Visitor Center to learn about their current projects.
Tom's Logging Camp
On Scenic 61 about 13 miles NE of Duluth
An authentic re-creation of a 1900s logging camp and Northwest Fur Company Trading Post. Includes a nature trail, Hell's Creek and eight museum buildings: the trading post, museum, harness shop, shoemakers shop and horse shoeing stall, a horse barn and blacksmith shop, bunkhouse and cook's shanty, the Knife River Fishing Museum and a Finnish Sauna. Small entry fee is charged. Open seasonally.
Amicus Adventure Sailing
At the Knife River Marina about 14 miles NE of Duluth
Captained sailing adventures from 2 hours to two weeks aboard a custom-built 40' sailboat. Trips depart four times daily and private charters are available; the Amicus II comfortably takes up to 6 guests.
Stoney Point Drive
A loop off Scenic 61 along Lake Superior, about 15 miles NE of Duluth.
Locals love to wave watch in stormy weather, picnic on calm days and 
shoreline fish here.

Two Harbors & Gooseberry Area
two harbors chamber of commerce Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce
Serving Knife River, Two Harbors, Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, Isabella & Finland
two harbors library Two Harbors Public Library
320 Waterfront Drive, Two Harbors
Visit this terrific library to browse, be entertained and check out a great variety of books, magazines, videos, audio books and more.
Silver Cliff
On Hwy 61 east of Two Harbors
Silver Cliff is the highest bluff rising directly out of Lake Superior. In 1923, builders carved Highway 61 out of the cliffside 125 feet above the lake. The new tunnel provides a safer thoroughfare and features a wayside area, allowing visitors to take in the cliffside views.
white pine Virgin Pine & Cedar at Encampment Forest 
As you come to the close of the first passing lane east of Two Harbors, observe the virgin, or uncut, pine and cedar stretching to the Lafayette Bluff Tunnel. The forest is located entirely on private land, so admire the view from your car.
  Lafayette Bluff Tunnel
On your return trip down the shore (heading southwest), admire the particularly nice vista that occurs as the bend of the tunnel gives way to the western view.

Beaver Bay & Silver Bay Area
split rock lighthouse

Split Rock Lighhouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd,
on Hwy 61, 46 miles northeast of Duluth
Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station was soon one of Minnesota's best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the lighthouse offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting.

bayside marina Bayside Park & Marina
Off Hwy 61 just east of Beaver Bay/west of Silver Bay
This park has an overlook and lovely picnic site and a new marina. It is also a great spot to watch ships load at the North Shore Mining dock.
palisade head Palisade Head
Off Hwy 61 about 4 miles NE of Silver Bay, watch for signs
Follow the gravel road to the top for incredible views of Lake Superior, Shovel Point and over the 200-foot cliffs. Open seasonally.

Rock Climbing
Rock climbing aficionados will be pleased by the challenge and scenery presented at Palisade Head, Shovel Point in Tettegouche State Park and Section 13.
outdoor edventures Outdoor (Ed)Ventures
Offers guided rock and ice climbing excursions for novices to advanced climbers all along the North Shore. Check out the additional guided adventures including activities for families, groups, individuals, women’s programs, day camps and special events.
218-391-0147 or 218-428-5990
silver bay marina Silver Bay Library
9 Davis Drive, Silver Bay
A small rural library providing service using current technology and old-fashioned friendly service.

Inland Area from Little Marais
play at wolf ridge Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
4 miles north of Hwy 61 in Little Maraiså on County Road 6
Wolf Ridge, which sits on a spectacular 2000-acre site above Lake Superior, is internationally know for its top-notch outdoor learning and adventure programs. They offer multi-day family camps, summer camps, wilderness adventures, and grandparent/grandchild Road Scholars in addition to hosting school groups year-round. For a shorter experience, reserve a naturalist-guided half-day Split Rock Kayak Tour or drop by to explore the trails, overlooks, and educational displays.
Finland, Minnesota
Off the beaten track at the intersection of MN Hwy 1 and County Roads 6 & 7, about 7 miles north of Hwy 61
The community of Finland best represents what a number of the small shoreline villages were like 25 years ago. Tourism has an impact, but it is not the end all. Finland is set in the picturesque valley behind the Sawtooth range. The residential area spreads to either side of Finland's main street. Plan a stop on your way to nearby Crosby Manitou State Park or Isabella. 
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Schroeder, Tofte & Lutsen Area
waves of superior spa
Waves of Superior Spa
On Hwy 61 in Tofte, part of Surfside on Lake Superior
877-6-OUR-SPA (668-7772)
At Waves of Superior Spa, nurturing you is our second nature. Our treatments and services are inspired by our surroundings, which are spectacular, pristine and holistic. We have created an oasis of tranquility for relaxing the mind, relieving the body and rejuvenating the spirit.
Offering massage and body treatments, skin care, hands and feet and in-suite bath rituals.
commercial fishing museum North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum
On Hwy 61 In Tofte
Built across the bay from the original site of the Twin Fish Houses, the museum is a replica of the Tofte brothers' and Hans Engleson's 1905 fish house. Displayed within the museum are many relics, photos and artifacts that were passed down from the descendants of the families who settled the North Shore from Duluth to Grand Portage. This great little museum tells the story of commercial fishing along the Shore and at Isle Royale. The museum is open daily in the summer from 9 AM to 7 PM and Saturdays in the winter from 10:30am-3pm. The Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association Visitor Center is also located here.
mountain tram Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide & Summer Park
From Hwy 61 in Lutsen, north on the Ski Hill Rd
Spring, summer and fall fun at the Mid-America's largest and highest alpine ski center. Take the chairlift to the summit of Eagle Mountain and return on the exhilarating half mile ride through dips and turns. You can access hiking trails at the top of Moose Mountain. Alpine Rides can be purchased singly, in a book of five or eight. Gondola Ride fees are per person. An Unlimited Ride Day Pass is available.

Grand Marais Area
center for the arts Arrowhead Center for the Arts
From Hwy 61 in Grand Marais, north on the Gunflint Trail,
east on 5th Street 2 blocks; in the School Campus
This is the performing arts center in Grand Marais and home to the Grand Marais Art Colony and Grand Marais Playhouse. To learn more about the Art Colony, call them at 218-387-2737. The Grand Marais Playhouse produces a number of shows throughout the year, with a number of plays, readings and musical events held in the summertime; Call 218-387-1036.
wtip radio 90.7 fm Cook County Community Radio
The North Shore's only radio station was established in 1998.
Tune in to WTIP at 90.7 FM!
cook county history Cook County Historical Society
bring Cook County History to life since 1924
Includes the following historical sites in Grand Marais [check website for hours] events and progrmas plus a great website for researching, snooping, learning and exploring the hostory of the most northeast tip of Minnesota, Cook County.
Lightkeeper's House Museum
Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery see below
Chippewa City Church
Bally Blacksmith Shop
Fish House and tug Neegee
ymca cook county Cook County Community YMCA
105 West 5th St
Fun for the whole family! Full service facility includes lap pool with zero depth play area, water slide, aqua climbing wall, whirlpool, sauna, weight room, cardio room, group fitness studio, showers, family changing rooms, tennis courts, indoor track, gymnasium, and group excercise programs.
Visitors are invited to use the facility for a daily fee - come and go all day! Family, adult, and youth rates. Members from other Ys receive a discount.
Good Harbor Bay Panorama
Just past Thomsonite Beach, Highway 61 curves left, revealing picturesque Good Harbor Bay, Seagull Rock and Grand Marais in the distance. Vehicle pullovers are on the lakeside of the road or stop at the Cutface Creek Wayside Rest on the eastern edge of the bay.
grand marais library Grand Marais Public Library 
On Hwy 61 in Grand Marais at 2nd Ave West
This is one of my favorite places to go in town. Our library has a great layout with sun streaming in from the south-facing windows and groupings of comfortable chairs. The library has an impressive selection of books, tapes and videos and offers computer use and Internet access. Check it out!
lighthouse Grand Marais Rec Area
Off Hwy 61 in Grand Marais, go south into the park
We have the perfect location for a campground - on a peninsula edged by the Harbor on one side, Lake Superior on the other and easy walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants, and the North House Folk School. 300 campsites including full hook-ups, primitive lake view and wooded tent sites, clean bathhouses, discount green fees, playground, softball field, hiking trails, and reduced rates spring and fall.
grand marais segway tours Grand Marais Segway Tours
On 1st Ave West, across from Birchbark Gifts, in Grand Marais
Brand new in 2015, It's a Moose Do Event!
Enjoy the unique fun of a Segway tour on our Grand Marais Harbor, Woods and water Tour.
Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery
From Hwy 61 in Grand Marais, take the main street downtown
The works of Anna Johnson, Lloyd's mother, are permanently displayed in the west wing. The great room and east wing display rotating exhibits of area and regional artists.

north house folk school North House Folk School
On Hwy 61 in Grand Marais on the harbor
218-387-9762 or 888-387-9762
A school dedicated to promoting and preserving the knowledge, skills, crafts and stories of the past and present and to use these elements as a way of helping people develop their creative natures. The North House is also home of the Hjordis, a 50-foot vintage, gaff-rigged schooner offering half, full and multi-day sails.
  North Shore Expeditions
On the Grand Marais harbor
Lake Superior kayak trips, Grand Marais kayak tours and lessons. Out tours start in the Grand Marais harbor and we make sure you get your sea legs before heading out to Lake Superior. Day trips from Pigeon Bay and Tettegouche State Park. Camping kayak trips can be custom planned or we can use one of our itineraries. Lessona take place in Grand Marais and we offer 6 different courses.

Gunflint Trail Area
zip line north shore gunflint trail Towering Pines Canopy Tour
at Gunflint Lodge
A 2+ hour trip through the canopies of old growth white pine on the ridge behind the lodge. Sky guides lead each group from station to station, with a bit of nature and history shared at each stop. The 8 zip lines of the course vary in length up to nearly 800 feet in length. Each stop has a wonderful view. The trip is suitable for ages 10 to 99.
gunflint trail Gunflint Trail Association
Woods. Water. Wildlife. Year-round vacations of a wildly different nature ... in northeastern Minnesota. The Gunflint Trail is a year-round vacation area surrounded by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Boat Fish
Hike Canoe
Bird watch Enjoy wildflowers
Watch for wildlife Cross-country ski
Snowmobile Snowshoe
Dogsled Dine, shop & Stay!

Grand Portage Area
grand portage Grand Portage Lodge and Casino
On Hwy 61 in Grand Portage, about 30 miles northeast of Grand Marais
218-475-2401 or 800-232-1384
The casino is open daily with bingo, video slot machines and live blackjack. Adjacent to the Grand Portage 100-room lodge with restaurant, lounge, fire lit lobby and nearby tennis, hiking and marina.
transportation Grand Portage Isle Royale Transportation Lines
"Providing passenger and mail service from Grand Portage to Isle Royale for more than 50 years."
GPIR Line currently has two vessels traveling to the island, the MV Voyageur II, which circumnavigates the island 3 times per week; and the MV Wenonah, which makes daily trips to and from the southwestern end of the island.

national monument Grand Portage National Monument
off Hwy 61 is about 40 miles NE of Grand Marais
Grand Portage Great Hall or Ranger Station (mid-May to mid-October): 218-475-2202
The Monument preserves a vital headquartered of 18th, 19th and 20th century fur trade activity and Ojibwa heritage. It includes the reconstructed headquarters and the 8-1/2 mile Grand Portage, or Great Carrying Place. Monument grounds, trails and the Grand Portage are open year-round. The reconstructed palisade and buildings are open mid-May to mid-October, 9am to 5pm.

canadian flag The International Border between the USA and Ontario, Canada
on Hwy 61 is about 40 miles NE of Grand Marais

Thunder Bay is located about 37 miles northeast of the border and more info can be found at

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Real Estate Shipwrecks Shopping Site Map Snow Report
State Parks Waterfalls Weather Winter Activities  

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