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Minnesota North Shore Travel: Places to see, Things to do, Hiking, & Waterfalls along the Lake Superior Circle Tour

In 1997 we began our first Lake Superior Circle Tour travel adventures in Duluth, Minnesota, then traveled up the North Shore of Lake Superior and then east through Ontario. We repeated this clockwise tour in subsequent years.

In the years since, we've made a number of trips each season to various destinations along the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior from Duluth, Mn to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

On our travels we frequently break up the day with short hikes from 1 - 3 hours in length. Both the North Shore state parks and the Superior Hiking Trail offer an abundance of trails.

Among the scenic bonuses of trekking along the North Shore are numerous rivers with waterfalls that empty into the Lake Superior basin. So for our added scenic enjoyment and as a defined hiking goal, many of our hikes have been treks to discover and enjoy these falls - most of which we photographed. Thus waterfalls are featured in many of the photographs in these pages. . . with an occasional lakewalk, a shot from the top of several peaks that we climbed, or another scenic view.

In 2010 we added another series of recreation pages to our North Shore section of SuperiorTrails: golf course reviews. We've played and profiled a number of courses from Duluth to Grand Portage and have compiled a directory of North Shore Golf Courses

Winter is a great time to enjoy the north shore: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, winter festivals. See our report on a winter north shore visit to some of our favorite hiking trails on snowshoes and sampling some of our favorite restaurants.

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Minnesota North Shore Directory
Lake Superior Circle Tour

- Minnesota North Shore Directory Page (you are here !)

- Minnesota North Shore Waterfalls

- Minnesota North Shore Golf Courses
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- Duluth, Mn Calender of Events Page

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- Two Harbors to Beaver Bay

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- Tettegouche to Temperance River
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- Cascade River to Grand Portage
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- Directory to North Shore Minnesota State Parks, Campgrounds
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- Winter Activities & Events Minnesota North Shore

- Lake Superior Campground Directory

-Travel Planner - Planning your Lake  Superior Circle Tour

- Lake Superior Scenic Drive Mileage Guide & Fuel Costs

-Travel Planner Lake Superior Travel Maps with Mileage

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- Minnesota North Shore Scenic Fall Color
- Fall Color Lutsen to Grand Marais

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- Fall Color Scenic Drives
- Peak Fall Color Reports

fall leavesMinnesota North Shore Scenic Fall Color Drive (Blog Report)

  Hikers & Trekkers

Please visit Superior Hiking Trail Association Website for books, maps, guides to hiking along the North Shore. These folks take care of many of the trails you will use along the Minnesota North Shore . . . so support them with some purchases or join the Association.


Camping the North Shore

By Andrew Slade, a Duluth, Mn resident who has hiked and camped extensively along the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior. His guide book offers detailed profiles of 23 of his favorite campgrounds along or near the Lake plus information on 43 other campgrounds and camp sites.


  Lake Superior Agate Hunters & Rock Pickers

We took a side trip 35 miles south of Duluth, to the Minnesota Geology Interpretive Center near Moose Lake, Mn. See our report from our visit and some good pictures of Lake Superior Agates - including how they might look laying on the beach. Another page you might enjoy is our page on Agate Wanna-Bees to help you distinguish true Agates from ones that only look like Agates.

Silver Bay Golf Course, Silver Bay, Minnesota

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North Shore Golf Courses - Reinhold Development - 2014

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Winter - Wisconsin
Winter - Michigan UP
Winter - Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Bayfield Lake Superior Ice Caves
See the Fantastic Bayfield Lake Superior Ice Caves

Best Burgers in Duluth
Follow our Hunt for the
Best Burgers and Pubs
in Duluth, Minnesota

John Beargrease Race
John Beargrease Sled Dog Race
January 23 - 29, 2015

X-Country Skiing the North Shore

Skiing the North Shore
A Guide to Cross Country Trails in Minnesota's Spectacular Lake Superior Region. By Andrew Slade, a Duluth resident who has hiked, skied and camped extensively along the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior. His guide book offers detailed profiles of 35 x-country ski trail systems along the North Shore

Superior Hiking Trail from Lutsen to Grand Marais
Fall Color along the
Superior Hiking Trail
from Lutsen to Grand Marais

The Bentleyville Lift Bridge and Tree
Bentleyville Tour of Lights Christmas Village
Duluth, Minnesota

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

Sonju Hiking Trail in Winter
North Shore
Snowshoe & Ski Trails

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See our Snow Conditions Report page for latest info on skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and winter event conditions.

Duluth Enger Park Tower
Duluth's Enger Park and Enger Park Tower

Minnesota North Shore CampgroundsSuperior Trails Guide to North Shore State Park Camping and Campgrounds

Lake Superior Circle Tour Travel Planner

About the Superior Hiking Trail

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Hotel, Motel Lodging
Duluth, Mn, Two Harbors, Grand Marais, Minnesota
North Shore

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Canoe Trails:
Wabakimi Canoe Trips
Canoe Trip Storie