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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!
You can ski at Lutsen Mountains weekends through May 6th, yes May! With the recent dump of snow, you can still cross country ski, too. Details on the Snow Report page. Along Highway 61 and Lake Superior’s shore, I expect the snow to break up and melt, exposing old brown grass and underbrush. We’re in between seasons in April. It’s about the quietest time of year on the shore, so plan accordingly – more shops and restaurants closed, lowest prices at lodging, lots of room in the parking lot.