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Two Harbors, Minnesota: Travel, Hiking & Waterfalls along the Lake Superior Circle Tour

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Agate Bay, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Two Harbors, Mn is considered by many to be the gateway to the Minnesota's North Shore. While much of the traffic through town is headed to points north, it is has much to offer as a worthwhile destination and an extended day visit for things to do and see.

Two Harbors Summer Events. In July the community hosts "Heritage Days" and a highlight of August is the annual Two Harbors Kayak Festival.

It's winter festival is the Two Harbors Winter Frolic, the second weekend in February (in 2018 that is Feb 9 - 10th).

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superior hiking trail store

For Jo & I, a typical first stop coming into town is the Superior Hiking Trail office and store to pick up some hiking maps and check out "what's new" in terms of books, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and gift items.

downtown two harbors
Our usual second stop is across the street (hwy 61) at the Vanilla Bean Bakery & Cafe for baked goods & coffee if we are heading down the road; breakfast or dinner if we are staying around Two Harbors for a while.

Another popular breakfast or lunch stop is 2 miles northeast of town at Betty's Pies.

Agate Bay, Sonju Lakewalk & Lighthouse

sonju hiking trail

The Sonju Lakewalk is an easy hike, with some more rugged side trails for the more adventuresome, the Sonju trail provides fresh air, exercise, and some scenic views along the lakeshore.

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sonju hiking trail

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  Snowshoe hiking the Sonju Lakewalk Trail.

Agate Bay Two Harbors

The Ore Docks are still operational allowing you to see, up close, some big ships docking and unloading.

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The Tugboat Edna G was retired in 1981 to service as a floating museum. two harbors tug boatNext to Edna is the Grandpa Woo excursion boat operating out of Two Harbors and other north shore ports.

two harbors lighthouse

two harbors lighthouse

The Two Harbors lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. Now in private hands, tours are available.

two harbors lighthouse

Also on the lighthouse grounds is the assistant Light Keeper's house and the restored pilot house from the iron ore freighter Frontenac.


Burlington Bay Camping & Rock Picking

Burlington Bay Campground, Two Harbors, MN
The Burlington Bay Municpal Campground is located along the lakeshore with over 100 campsites, all with electric service and some with sewer hookups. Burlington Bay Rock Picking Beach

Sparky Stensaas' rock pickers guide
says the Burlington Bay beach is a good spot to hunt for Lake Superior agates.

Burlington Bay Campground, Two Harbors, MN

But one end of the beach is relatively sandy and good for sunbathing and swimming.

The Burlington Bay Campground (pictured below) is in the process of adding a new RV subdivision to expand its capacity.

burlington bay campground addition

2 miles NE of Two Harbors, the Flood Bay State Wayside is a scenic spot for a picnic or rest stop. Its beach is another worthwhile stop for rock hounds.

tri Best Agate & Rock Hound Beaches along the North Shore

Lakeview National Golf Course, Two Harbors, MN

Two Harbor's Lakeview National Golf Course
, a scenic and challenging 18 hole course is located on the eastern edge of town across from the Burlington Bay Campground.

  Winter Recreation Page: Two Harbors to Beaver Bay

See Two Harbors Winter Events & Activities
plus scenes from the Sonju Two Harbors Lakewalk - Reinhold Development - 2019

Mobile-Friendly Lake Superior Circle Tour Travel Planner

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Lake Superior Camping
& Campground Directory

Best Camping along the Lake Superior Circle Drive.

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Things to Do and See in Duluth, Minnesota

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Grandma's Marathon
Race & Festival

Two Harbors to Duluth

KiA Duluth Drag Race

Kia Duluth Drag Race & Car Show


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

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Lake Superior Camping
& Campground Directory

Camping along the Lake Superior Circle Drive.

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

About the Superior Hiking Trail

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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.

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

Best Minnesota
North Shore
Agate Beaches.

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

Grand Marias Harbor and Trading Post Grand Marais Minnesota and its beautiful harbor voted as the favorite village around Lake Superior by circle tour travelers.

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

Duluth Color Train
Scenic Fall Color
Train Ride

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

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Hotel, Motel Lodging
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