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!
We are in late summer limbo with warm days – no more hot days until 2019 – and cool mornings and evenings. With the blueberry and raspberry season over, we are starting to bear, or at least bear scat. Flocks of Canada geese are enjoying late season grass while sandhill cranes are high stepping through pastures. Ferns and underbrush are starting to turn gold while an intermittent maple will be a blaze of red, orange and yellow. This is an excellent time to be outdoors, bug free, recent rains upping rivers flow, and enhanced distance viewing due to lower humidity.