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Minnesota North Shore Travel, Minnesota Scenic Highway 61: Places to see, Things to do, Hiking, & Waterfalls along the Lake Superior Circle Tour

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Harbor View, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Things to See & Do Events
Minnesota Lake Superior North Shore Communities

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Oberg Mountain Trail
Minnesota North Shore Fall Color
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  Minnesota North Shore Directory (below)

red triagBest Rock and Agate Picking Beaches Along the North Shore

Minnesota North Shore Campgrounds
Guide to North Shore State Parks & Campgrounds

Canal Park Brewery Beer Garden
Enjoying the lake breezes and
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Beer Garden - Duluth's Canal Park


Grand Marais angry trout cafe
Many Superior Circle Tour
Travelers vote Grand Marais
as their favorite town

Minnesota North Shore Directory
(Scenic Highway 61)
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 & Hiking Trails

- 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

61 Gems

61 Gems on Highway 61: A Guide to Minnesota's North Shore-from Well Known Attractions to Best Kept Secrets

While this guide book covers a number of the popular North Shore attractions, it also uncovers some "jewels" missed by many North Shore travelers. Even if you've traveled Scenic Highway 61 many times, you may be surprised at the interesting places and things you've missed. 87% of the readers gave this guide 5 stars.


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. In 2014 we added a directory of best North Shore Beaches for Agate Hunting and Rock Picking.

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. The first festival of the winter is Duluth's Christmas Lights Village: Bentleyville Tour of Lights.

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  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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Minnesota North Shore Golf Courses

Fall Color Tips: Look for maples turning in the mountain ridges around mid-September. Now is the time to make your reservations for lodging or campsites.

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

fall leaves - Fall Color Scenic Drives
- Peak Fall Color Reports

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Duluth's amazing Bentleyville Duluth Christmas Lights Village.

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Duluth Holiday Events and Fun.

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Winter - Michigan UP
Winter - Wisconsin Winter - Minnesota
Winter - Sault Ste Marie.

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

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Tall Ships Festival

Voyageur Trading
Grand Portage Rendezvous Days

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

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Skyline Drive Scenic Road - Duluth, MN

Hiking the North Shore
Hiking the North Shore: 50 Fabulous Day Hikes in Minnesota's Spectacular Lake Superior Region

Andrew Slade is a veteran outdoorsman who has extensively explored Minnesota's North Shore both camping and hiking. He also has trekked the entire Superior Hiking Trail. These are his favorite day hikes along the North Shore.


duluth harbor and lift bridgeThings to Do and See in Duluth, Minnesota

Canal Park Brewery Beer Garden Enjoying lake breezes and views at the Canal Park Brewery Beer Garden - Canal Park.

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Gooseberry Falls
State Park

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Hiking and Camping Guides & Books

Fall color photos from Enger Park Tower
Skyline Drive offers best views of Fall Color in Duluth

About the Superior Hiking Trail

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

John Beargrease Race
John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
Duluth to Grand Portage
Minnesota North Shore

Best Minnesota
North Shore
Agate Beaches.

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


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See Duluth's Rose Garden at Leif Erickson Park.

Duluth Color Train
Scenic Fall Color
Train Ride

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Viewing Raptor Migration and Fall Color from Hawks Ridge

Understanding and Finding Agates
Our Reviews of the best guides to Lake Superior Agates and Beach Rocks.

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

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Reviews Golf Courses Around Lake Superior
See our
Reviews & Ratings of Best Minnesota North Shore golf courses.

Canoe Trails:
Wabakimi Canoe Trips
Canoe Trip Stories