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Superior Trails: Scenic Travel on the Lake Superior Circle Tour.

Your Travel Guide to interesting places to see and things to do . . . including Scenic Drives, Hiking, Waterfalls, Camping, Campgrounds, State & National Parks, Wilderness Areas and other recreational attractions. And this time of the year, where to find the best fall color scenic drives around the lake.

Temperatures have moderated around Lake Superior from Grand Marais & Duluth, Minnesota to Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Cooler nights have brought fall color to the leaves and the crisp air we love for fall hiking.

Time is NOW to take your fall color trip or weekend to see the fall colors around the world's largest fresh water lake.

Fall Color Bayfield to Ironwood Scenic Drives
Fall Color Scenic Drives from Bayfield, WI to Western Upper Peninsula, Michigan

- Fall Foliage Color Reports -
LATEST UPDATE: October 3rd
Recommended Fall Color Tours and information on Peak Fall color appearances around Lake Superior

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Scenic Fall Drive: Black River Scenic Byway and Little Girls Point.

Recommendations for upcoming Events & What's New on SuperiorTrails - Go To:
Lake Superior Travel Fall Events and Scenic Drives

Save Money on Gas on your Lake Superior Vacation

Hi . . . Ross and Jo Reinhold here.

We're glad you dropped in. SuperiorTrails is #1 website for scenic travel and outdoor recreation around Lake Superior. Our guide covers the travel regions (three states and one Canadian province) around Lake Superior encompassed by the Lake Superior Circle Tour.

Here we share with you our travel notes and pictures on exploring, hiking, canoe tripping, waterfall discovery, camping and winter recreation along Lake Superior's Scenic Roads & Byways. We cover cities, quaint seaside villages, and scenic and recreational attractions along the Minnesota North Shore, Ontario's North and East Shore, and the South Lake Superior Shore of the Michigan Upper Peninsula, and Wisconsin.

In these pages, we highlight a number of the interesting places we've found worthwhile to visit and explore. We also profile a number of the interesting events in each region and recommend some places to stay whether that be comfortable lodging, a full service campground, or roughing it.

Do you enjoy hiking? One favorite of those who drive the Circle Tour is Duluth, Minnesota and its Canal Park Lakefront. Duluth's Lakewalk trail is a favorite of hikers, walkers, and bikers. Traveling north of Duluth along the Minnesota North Shore offers one of the nations top hiking trails, the Superior Hiking Trail. Over in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is another top rated hiking trail system: Porcupine Mountains Park. Wisconsin's Bayfield Peninsula is home to the Apostle Islands National Park and Madeline Island, with its historic village of LaPointe, is another popular destination.

The Ontario portion of the Lake Superior travel route takes you through the remnants of a mountain range that once were higher than the Rockies, but still offer dramatic views of Lake Superior. Ontario Provincial Parks offer modern campgrounds with some great hiking trails, impressive waterfalls, and picturesque scenery.

Whether you take the whole route or just visit a particular region around Lake Superior, we think you'll enjoy the experience.

See our new Superior Travel page of upcoming events and more ideas of interesting things to see and do while traveling around Lake Superior.

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Bayfield Applefest
Fall Harvest & Color Festival

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Porcupine Mountains
State Park

has some of the best fall color
in the Upper Peninsula.

Oberg Mountain Oberg Lake
Minnesota North Shore Fall Color
The view from the top of Oberg Mountain
is outstanding.


Planning Your Road Trip around the Lake Superior Circle Tour Scenic Drives

The regular pages of Superior Trails profile the regions around the lake in more depth, including lots of pictures to better appreciate what each area has to offer. Simply click on the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan UP, or Ontario links in the left hand column for a detailed directory to that regions attractions.

A second part of web site is our Lake Superior Trip Planner. It is essentially a condensced version of the regular site that includes maps, mileage data, and some of our recommended stops and highlights around the lake.

Should rising gas prices $$ impact that Lake Superior Vacation? See some interesting facts on actual gas costs of a Lake Superior Vacation.

Lake Superior Circle Route - Camping Directory

Directory to our pages on camping, hiking trails and public campgrounds found while touring around Lake Superior, organized by state and provence

lake superior beach rocksAgate Hunting Rock Picking on Lake Superior's Beaches

rock picking beach - little girls pointEnjoy rock collecting or rock hunting? Lake Superior offers a number of agate beaches with both Lake Superior Agates and numerous other beach stones that can be polished into gemstones

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Learn how to tell the difference between agates and other attractive beach stones, including identifying agate-wanna bees.

Agate collections on saleLake Superior Agate & Rock Hound Festival
Had a great time at this event - see our pictures, story, and a video.

Rock Tumbling & Polishing Agates
Special care is needed to ensure you don't fracture your prized Lake Superior Agate.


Learn some interesting Facts about Lake Superior

Ontario Canoe Trips - Wilderness Camping & Canoeing
Wabakimi Wilderness Park - Trip Directory

Maps, pictures, trip reports from our canoe excursions into Wabakimi Park, Ontario's largest and most remote wilderness canoeing and fly-in fishing park


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Also see - keyword search Lake Superior or enter whatever is your specific place of interest for recent updates on interesting things to see and do in around Lake Superior - Reinhold Development - 2013

scenic fall color drive report
See when Peak Fall Color is expected to arrive along the scenic Lake Superior Circle Route and our recommended
Scenic Fall Color Drives

Camping and Campgrounds Around Lake Superior
Lake Superior Camping
& Campground Directory

Lake Superior Circle Tour Route

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Wisconsin Fall Color
Tour Map
- Scenic drives near Lake Superior in Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula

Sea Caves at Tettegouche Park
View from the top of Shovel Point - Lots of hiking trails and scenic vistas at Tettegouche State Park along the Minnesota North Shore leg of the Superior Circle Route.

Oberg Mountain Fall Color
Minnesota North Shore
Fall Color
from Lutsen to Grand Portage

Apostle Islands
See the lighthouses on an Apostle Islands Cruise

Madeline Island Big  Bay Park
Enjoying the great swimming Beach Big Bay State Park on Madeline Island

Travel Information

261 Steam Locomotive in Duluth Station
See Pictures & Video of Steam Locomotive 261 arriving in Duluth.

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Lake Superior Circle Tour Road Map & Guide to Travel Attractions around Lake Superior

Lake Superior Agate?Identifying Lake Superior Agates and Beach Rocks.

Lake Superior Circle Tour Travel Planner

Enger Park Tower
Duluth's Enger Park Tower provides a panaramic view of the city of Duluth.

Upper Peninsula Porcupine Mountains
See our Directory of our favorite Upper Peninsula Scenic and Recreation areas.

ultimate guide to traveling Lake Superior Region
Lake Superior Circle Route Hiking & Travel Guides

Camping the North Shore
See this book and more in our Lake Superior Bookstore.

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Upper Peninsual Fall Color
Tour Map

About the Superior Hiking Trail
The Superior Hiking Trail offers some of the best fall color and winter hikes in the midwest.

Golf Courses Around Lake Superior
See our
Reviews of golf courses around Lake Superior