Cliff overlooking Lake Superior
Palisade Head at Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay, MN is one of the best stops on the scenic North Shore in Minnesota. Updated 04.28.23; Originally posted May 17, 2020.
North Shore, Minnesota selfie of a woman on a cliff overlooking a lake
Palisade Head overlooking Lake Superior on Minnesota’s North Shore. If the sheer cliffs look familiar, Palisade Head was a filming location in the 1990s flick, The Good Son, starring Macauley Culkin and Elijah Wood (the fight scene at the end). There are no guard rails to block the stunning views of Lake Superior so use caution.

Where is Minnesota’s North Shore scenic drive?

Iona's Pink Beach SNA Minnesota North Shore

One of the best road trips in Minnesota (and the U.S.) is the North Shore scenic drive along Lake Superior (aka Highway 61). Although called North Shore, it’s actually on the west side of Lake Superior. This beautiful byway starts in Duluth, Minn. where I-35 ends. Highway 61 then continues until Grand Portage, Minn. near the Canadian border – nearly 150 miles total. The North Shore truly is the most scenic drive and road trip in Minnesota.


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3 Top things to do on the most scenic drive in Minnesota – the North Shore

Top things to do on the most scenic drive in Minnesota – the North Shore

Iona's Pink Beach SNA Minnesota North Shore
Iona’s Beach Scientific & Natural Area on the North Shore of Minnesota.

We live in the southern metro of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul) so the scenic North Shore is within driving distance of our home. And we’ve taken Minnesota’s scenic North Shore road trip often in the past while our son was a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD).

Here are some of our favorite Minnesota North Shore road-trip stops for beautiful day hikes and/or stunning photo ops in any season. You can find a convenient mile-marker guide on the North Shore Visitor website for most of these roadside attractions.


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Top things to do at St. Croix State Park | Hinckley, Minn.

Fall foliage at St. Croix State Park Hibbing Minnesota
St. Croix State Park is a top state park and worth the stop when heading to the North Shore scenic drive.

Technically, Hinckley, Minn. is not on the North Shore. It’s about 90 miles south of Duluth. However, it’s a great place to fuel up (gas and food). I highly recommend Tobie’s Restaurant and Bakery).

Evergreen trees overlooking St. Croix River
St. Croix State Park in Minnesota is home to two rivers: Kettle River and St. Croix River

With 33,895 acres, St. Croix State Park is the largest park in Minnesota. This beautiful park is about 21 miles off I-35. Two scenic rivers, Kettle River and St. Croix River, offer great canoeing and kayaking opportunities. You’ll also find beautiful hiking trails alongside the river and through the woods as well as a 100-ft. fire tower you can climb for some amazing views.

If you’re not into hiking, you can drive right up to the St. Croix State Park fire tower and many of the scenic overlooks. Please check the state park’s website if the fire tower is open.


Top things to do in Hinckley, Minnesota: The Great Hinckley Fire Monument

Entrance to Great Hinckley Fire Monument and Cemetery
Take a few minutes to pay your respects at the Great Hinckley Fire Monument in Hinckley, Minnesota – on the way to the North Shore.

As you head back to the interstate (I-35), take a few moments to stop at The Great Hinckley Fire Monument at 2460 Fire Monument Road. This memorial pays tribute to the 418 people who died in this forest fire in 1894. It’s estimated more than 200,000 acres or 400 square miles were destroyed in The Great Hinckley Fire. You can read more about this tragic fire and the heroic efforts of train engineers who saved hundreds of lives on the City of Hinckley’s website. It’s one of the best historical stops on your road trip to the North Shore in Minnesota.

The Great Hinckley Fire Monument inscription
Monument dedicated to the 418 people who died in the Great Hinckley, Minn. forest fire in September 1894.

Top things to do at Jay Cooke State Park | Thomson, Minnesota

River waterfalls forest trees
Jay Cooke State Park offers scenic hiking trails along the St. Louis River.

While still not technically the North Shore, Jay Cooke State Park is on the way. One of my favorite state parks in Minnesota, Jay Cooke offers miles of hiking trails – from easy mowed paths to rugged trails of rock and stone.

Swinging bridge over river in the woods
Jay Cooke State Park swinging bridge spans the scenic St. Louis River.

Leading to the beautiful trails is a swinging bridge that spans across the St. Louis River. You’ll also find wildflowers, beautiful waterfalls, and a pioneer cemetery on one of the Jay Cooke State Park trails. This cemetery dates back to the late 1800s. Jay Cooke State Park is one of the best MN state parks and is just a few minutes off I-35 on your road trip to the North Shore of Minnesota.

Waterfalls cascading water
Jay Cooke State Park, one of the best MN state parks, offers beautiful views of the St. Louis River and waterfalls.
Old cemetery headstone gravesite
Thomson Cemetery in Jay Cooke State Park is a pioneer cemetery dating back to the late 1800s

Top things to do in Duluth, Minn. – Gateway to Lake Superior and the North Shore

Sunrise at Lake Superior in Duluth Minnesota
View outside our hotel in downtown Duluth – Canal Park and Lakewalk overlooking Lake Superior and the lighthouse.

I could write an entire blog series on all the cool things to do in Duluth, Minn. – one of my favorite cities. Here are just a few of my favorite things to do in Duluth on your road trip to the scenic North Shore in Minnesota.

Canal Park and Duluth | Lakewalk: Top things to do in Duluth, Minn.

Statue of angel in memorial garden in Duluth Minnesota Leif Erikson Park and Rose Garden
Duluth, Minn. Lakewalk: Erickson Park and Rose Garden is a beautiful stop on your way to the scenic drive on the North Shore.

We typically stay in Canal Park in downtown Duluth as it is right on Lake Superior and within walking distance of many attractions. And the Duluth Lakewalk is a paved 7.25-mile path along Lake Superior with lots to see and do. The popular Brighton Beach is at the end (or the beginning) of the Duluth Lakewalk. Duluth is one of the must stops as you begin your scenic drive on Minnesota’s North Shore.

Padlocks on a post on a rocky shoreline of Lake Superior with lighthouse in the background
Love locks on Lake Superior | Duluth, Minn.
Duluth Lakewalk view of Lake Superior with park bench and aerial lift bridge in the background.
You can see the historic aerial lift bridge from a distance in this shot.

Historic Aerial Lift Bridge: Top things to do in Duluth, Minn.

Aerial Lift Bridge Night in Duluth, Minnesota
Aerial lift bridge in Duluth, Minn. This is one of the best stops on your North Shore road trip in Minnesota.

Watching ships and boats pass under the historic aerial lift bridge in Duluth is one of our favorite things to do – and a huge hit for kids and adults of all ages. Here’s the Duluth port ship schedule so you can time your visit perfectly for this video and photo op.

As you can see in the following clip, Lake Superior acts and looks more like an ocean. Make sure to add Duluth to your North Shore road-trip itinerary.

Here’s a link to a live Duluth aerial lift bridge webcam.


Glensheen Mansion – the most visited historic home in Minnesota: Top things to do in Duluth, Minn.

Glensheen Mansion Christmas Tour Exterior Shot of House with Snow

As you leave Duluth’s Canal Park on your way to the North Shore of Minnesota, I-35 ends and you’ll then head north on Highway 61 or London Road as it’s called within the city limits of Duluth.

Glensheen Mansion globe and bookshelves

And 3300 London Road is where you’ll find the most visited historic home in Minnesota, the Glensheen Mansion. This 27,000-square-foot estate features 39 rooms and sits on 12 acres along Lake Superior, and is open for tours throughout the year. In the summer, I love to wander through the gardens and grounds with breaktaking views overlooking Lake Superior, visiting the historic Glensheen Mansion is also one of the top things to do in winter to shake off cabin fever.

Flowers fountain garden lake
Glensheen Mansion gardens overlook Lake Superior. This historic home is one of the best stops in any season on your scenic North Shore drive.

Climb Duluth’s Enger Tower for stunning Lake Superior view: Top things to do in Duluth, Minn.

Enger Tower Duluth, Minn.
You can climb the 80-ft. Enger Tower for sweeping views of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn. Five stories of steps, this observation tower was built in 1939.

We made a quick stop at the Enger Tower in Duluth, Minn. on one of our North Shore road trips. Here you’ll find stunning views of the surrounding area including Lake Superior and Duluth. Check out That Traveling Chick’s experience – one of my fellow travel tribe bloggers who lived near Duluth.

View from Enger Tower of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn.
View of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn. from the Enger Tower.

The best hiking trails

Within 50 miles of Duluth, Minnesota

Take the scenic North Shore route on Highway 61

As you leave Duluth city limits, you’ll be able to choose the faster Highway 61 (relatively as it does get quite busy during the summer) or the older scenic route. I recommend taking the North Shore’s scenic route as this is where you can stop off at some waysides, check out the popular Brighton Beach, and enjoy the scenery.


Agate Bay | Two Harbors, Minn.: Top things to do on the North Shore

Agate Bay on Lake Superior; rocky shoreline on great lake
Two Harbors offers beautiful hikes along the Lake Superior shoreline. It’s a beautiful stop on your Minnesota North Shore road trip.

We stopped in the town of Two Harbors, Minn. to check out the lighthouse and take a short hike along Lake Superior’s Agate Bay.

Deer on hiking trail
Hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota almost guarantees crossing paths with wildlife.

While there were warnings earlier in the week to watch out for black bears, I was happy and surprised to come across only a deer when we visited. Note that Two Harbors can get a little congested so you may come upon some traffic (especially during road construction season).


Betty’s Pies | Two Harbors, Minn.: Best place for dessert on the North Shore

Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors, Minn. is the best place for dessert on the North Shore. Not only do they offer the best cream pies, baked double-crust pies and crunch-topping pies, we also love their vanilla shakes. Additionally, Betty’s Pies serves breakfast and lunch. Check their website for hours of operation as they do have seasonal hours. You can also order pies online for pickup or shipping.

Milkshake and slice of pie sitting on car hood
We always stop at Betty’s Pies when we’re on the North Shore – the most scenic drive in Minnesota.

Silver Creek Cliff Wayside Park and Tunnel | Two Harbors, Minn.: Top things to do on the North Shore

Silver Creek Cliff Wayside Park and Tunnel on North Shore MN
One of the best stops on the North Shore of Minnesota: Silver Creek Cliff Wayside Park

As you head north on Minnesota’s most scenic drive (Highway 61) on the North Shore, you’ll drive through a couple of tunnels like the 1,344-foot Silver Creek Cliff Tunnel. It took three years to blast through the North Shore’s tallest bluff.

View of Lake Superior at Silver Creek Cliff Wayside Park on North Shore Minnesota
I honestly could sit and watch Lake Superior do her thing all day and all night. You can find scenic views of Lake Superior at the Silver Creek Cliff Wayside Park in Two Harbors, Minn. – a must-stop on the scenic North Shore.

Be sure to pull over at the Silver Creek Cliff Wayside Park near Two Harbors, Minn. for a short walk on Gutchi-Gami Trail for some stunning views of Lake Superior. And you can also see what the exterior of the Silver Creek Cliff tunnel looks like.

Check out That Traveling Chick’s post for more details and photos.

Silver Creek Cliff Tunnel through bluff on North Shore Minnesota
Tunnel on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.

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Gooseberry Falls State Park | Two Harbors, Minn.: Top things to do on the North Shore

Gooseberry Falls State Park North Shore Minnesota
Upper Falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park on the North Shore of Minnesota

Minnesota’s most popular state park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, attracts upwards to 782,000 visitors annually. And for good reason. Gooseberry Falls features not one, not two, but four waterfalls as well as miles of bike and hiking trails, a campground and an educational visitor center.

See my related waterfalls series:


Gooseberry Falls to top of waterfall with evergreen trees
You can walk right up to the top of Gooseberry Falls and watch the water cascade below.


Gooseberry Falls waterfall on scenic North Shore
Gooseberry Falls State Park is beautiful even during the summer drought of 2021. The bridge above is Highway 61 / North Shore – the most scenic drive in Minnesota.
Frozen waterfalls Gooseberry Falls State Park on North Shore Minnesota
Gooseberry Falls is beautiful in the winter also – one of the best frozen waterfalls in Minnesota.

Iona’s Beach – aka Pink Beach – Scientific and Natural Area | Two Harbors, Minn.

Pink Beach at Iona's Scientific and Natural Area on Lake Superior on the North Shore of MN
Pretty in pink: You’ll find this stunning beach on the most scenic drive in Minnesota: The North Shore of Lake Superior. Located in Two Harbors, MN, the pebble beach derives its colors from the nearby cliffs of pink rhyolite and felsite bedrock.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park | Two Harbors, Minn.: Top things to do on the North Shore

Split Rock Lighthouse on Minnesota's North Shore
Stopping at the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse is one of my top things to do on the North Shore in Minnesota where the lighthouse overlooks Lake Superior. Note: We came across this cairn on one of our visits. We’ve since learned that while stacking rocks look beautiful, they’re not beautiful for the environment.

Then head just a few miles north to one of my favorite things to do in Minnesota, the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse. You can tour the historic Split Rock Lighthouse, the lighthouse keeper’s house and the fog signal building. You’ll also find many bike and hiking trails, including the famed Superior Hiking Trail. See my full post about all the great things to do at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

Stairs down to the shore below Split Rock Lighthouse Minnesota North Shore
Stairs leading down to the pebble beach for great views of the Split Rock Lighthouse

And for a fabulous photo op of the Split Rock Lighthouse, take ~200-stairs down to the pebble beach (just remember you’ll need to walk back up – but it’s worth the view!). If you need to catch your breath, you can stop and rest in a couple of places to get more photos of the Split Rock Lighthouse.


Black Beach | Silver Bay, Minn.

Black Beach in Silver Bay, Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior
Minnesota’s North Shore is home to Black Beach / Onyx Beach in Silver Bay, Minn. One of the best stops on the most scenic drive in Minnesota – the North Shore of Lake Superior. The black sand comes from taconite mining (low-grade iron ore tailings) decades ago.

Tettegouche State Park and Palisade Head | Silver Bay, Minn.: Top things to do

steps leading into forest at Tettegouche start park
Tettegouche State Park Trail

One of our favorite day hikes is at Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay, Minn. – just 13 miles north of the Split Rock Lighthouse. Beautiful trails through the woods that take you to stunning waterfalls.

Fall foliage colors and waterfall and river
High Falls waterfall at Tettegouche State Park

But first stop at Palisade Head for some breathtaking panoramic views of sheer cliffs and Lake Superior. Technically, Palisade Head is part of Tettegouche State Park, but it’s not connected contiguously and the entrance is two miles before the main entrance of the state park.

Illgen Falls Tettegouche State Park Minnesota waterfall hike

You’ll find Illgen Falls in a separate section of Tettegouche State Park. It’s easily accessible from a small parking area on Highway 1 (about a mile off the North Shore).

Cliffs and fall foliage overlooking Lake Superior
You’ll find breathtaking views of Lake Superior at Palisade Head at Tettegouche State Park in Two Harbors, Minn.

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park in Silver Bay, MN

Wooded area in the winter at George H Crosby Manitou State Park on North Shore Minnesota

If you’re looking for a remote wilderness, then visit George H. Crosby Manitou State Park. It’s located on the North Shore, but it’s off from Highway 61 quite a bit so plan on an hour or so to get there. You’ll find very secluded and rugged trails through beautiful woods where one trail leads to a serene lake and another leads to the beautiful cascades on Manitou River. We hiked here during the winter and this one-mile trail took us over an hour to reach the frozen waterfall since the trails were not well maintained. But it was worth the view for this scenic frozen waterfall.

Frozen waterfall on a frozen and snowy river surrounded by evergreen trees
Frozen waterfall at George H. Crosby State Park
George H. Crosby State Park Waterfall North Shore Minnesota
Free-flowing cascading waterfall at George H. Crosby State Park in Minnesota

Temperance River State Park in Tofte, MN

Ice forming over a lake with trees in background
Temperance River State Park is one of the best stops on the scenic drive along the North Shore of Lake Superior. While you can hike on the west side of Highway 61 as well, this beautiful view of Lake Superior’s shoreline is just a few staircases down.

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Temperance River State Park Lake Superior view on bridge
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Lutsen Mountains | Lutsen, Minn.: A favorite thing to do on the North Shore of Minnesota

View from the top of a mountain overlooking fall foliage and a lake on a gondola ride
Take in some amazing fall foliage views on the Summit Express Gondola at Lutsen Mountains
The sound of silence at Lutsen Mountains – a perfect meditation

Lutsen Mountains, a popular Minnesota ski resort located 34 miles north of Tettegouche State Park, is beautiful in every season. During the summer you can ride the Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide. We had so much fun when we stayed in the area when my son was in preschool. The alpine slide was closed for the season when we visited in early October two years ago.



Aerial view of river and fall colors foliage
Lutsen Mountains is the best place to go leaf-peeping in the fall in Minnesota.

You can take the Summit Express Gondola 1,000 feet up Moose Mountain. There you’ll find a mountaintop chalet where you can take in the panoramic views of the Sawtooth Mountains, lush greenery, breathtaking foliage or snowy landscapes and Lake Superior. You can then catch a ride back down on the gondola. You can also find hiking trails, and, of course, ski trails.

View of Lake Superior from the top of Moose Mountain at Lutsen Mountains
Great view of Lake Superior from Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains in Lutsen, Minnesota

Best place to stay on the North Shore: Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen, Minnesota

Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen, MN is the best North Shore resort to stay. Perfect for solo travelers, couples and families, this dog-friendly resort is centrally located to all the best MN state parks on the North Shore, close to Lake Superior and only 1/4-mile from Lutsen Mountains Ski and Summer Resort. While our stay was hosted by Caribou Highlands Lodge and Odyssey Resorts, my opinions are my own. I only recommend places, products and services I would use or try myself.

Caribou Highlands Lodge best resort on North Shore in Lutsen, MN
Summer view of Caribou Highlands – best place to stay on the North Shore of Minnesota

Cascade River State Park | Lutsen, Minn.: Top things to do on the North Shore.

Snowy hiking trail in the woods with a tree overhanging
One of the best stops along the North Shore is Cascade River State Park in Lutsen, Minnesota – one of the best MN state parks for waterfalls and hiking.

If you’re a fan of waterfalls, you’ll find five small ones as well as Cascade Falls in Cascade River State Park in Lutsen, Minnesota. This park also offers camping, fishing, hiking trails and more than a mile of Lake Superior shoreline. Cascade River State Park is 10 miles north of Lutsen Mountains.

Cascade River State Park waterfall cascades

For another non-winter look at one of the best state parks in Minnesota, read about my friend Cynthia’s (at Adventuring Woman), adventure at Cascade River State Park adventure.

Lake Superior in the winter with blue sky
You’ll find this scenic view of Lake Superior on the North Shore near mile marker 100 near Lutsen/Schroeder, MN. The overlook is directly across from the Cascade River State Park trailhead on Highway 61.
Cascade River State Park North Shore Minnesota Waterfall
Beautiful cascades and waterfalls at Cascade River State Park on the North Shore of Minnesota

Grand Marais Lighthouse in Grand Marais, Minnesota

Sunset over a lake and a lighthouse with a couple standing in a pier
One of the best stops on the North Shore scenic drive is the Grand Marais Lighthouse in the charming town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. It’s a beautiful view of Lake Superior in any season.

Judge C.R. Magney State Park in Grand Marais, MN

Frozen waterfall in the woods
One of the best MN state parks is Judge C.R. Magney north of Grand Marais, Minnesota. It is home to Upper Falls as well as the mystical Devil’s Kettle Falls that plunges into a glacial pothole.
Devil's Kettle waterfall at Judge C.R. Magney State Park
A summer look at Devil’s Kettle waterfall in at Judge C.R. Magney State Park on Minnesota’s scenic North Shore.

Grand Portage State Park in Grand Portage, Minnesota

Frozen waterfall in the forest
Minnesota’s tallest waterfall at 120 feet, High Falls, is located in Grand Portage State Park in Grand Portage, MN.
Grand Portage State Park High Falls
High Falls at Grand Portage State Park is the most northern stop on Minnesota’s North Shore – it’s worth the drive on the state’s most scenic road trip.
Sign marking Canada, United States, Grand Portage
Grand Portage State Park is a great photo-op stop on the scenic North Shore road trip as you can see Minnesota (U.S.), Canada and Grand Portage Nation in one location. There’s even a selfie station here. This state park also serves as a rest stop and travel information center.

Does it cost anything to stop at these North Shore locations?

Most Minnesota state parks require a day pass ($7) or you can purchase an annual Minnesota state park pass for $35. The day pass allows you to visit more than one state park in a day. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park requires an additional entrance fee to tour the historic site. One exception is that the Grand Portage State Park is free year-round as it is a border visitor center. Native Americans may enter all Minnesota state parks for free.

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Here is a list of the best Minnesota state parks. Full disclosure: all Minnesota state parks are the best.


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River and waterfalls in the forest

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Split Rock Lighthouse on cliff overlooking Lake Superior with shoreline and fall colors






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98 comments

  1. Nice road trip post! I love the aerial lift bridge. Reminds me of the one outside of Chinatown in Chicago. And I’d love to see more of Glensheen Mansion. Love old mansions like that! Thanks for sharing Karen 🙂

  2. This looks like a gorgeous reason to get back to Minnesota. I have been a couple of times to the St.Paul area.

  3. Such a beautiful area! We love exploring our local area too – but will definitely need to keep this route in mind when we’re in your neck of the woods!

  4. What a great driving trip! I’d love to check out most of these places. I love a combination of beautiful scenery and history! Add some great hiking and I’m a happy girl.

  5. There are so many beautiful places to explore in Minnesota. I need to get up that way again. I’ve been to Minneapolis once, but that’s it! Hopefully we can make it there soon.

  6. Minnesota looks beautiful. So many hiking places, outdoor activities, and things to see. I have yet to go that far north in but it looks like it’s a great vacation spot.

  7. This is a part of the US that we haven’t explored and would love to some day. Your pictures are stunning!

  8. What beautiful scenery. There are so many places to stop along the way on this drive. I love the pictures you’ve captured along Lake Superior.

  9. Such a beautiful area! I’ve been to Duluth, to visit friends. There wasn’t enough time to see much beyond the lake area. I’ll have to return!

  10. Thanks for showing your road trip around Minnesota. Looks like lots of photography opportunities. What an amazing monument in tribute for those who perished in the great fire.

  11. I would love to visit this area someday soon. I haven’t been to MN before, but we plan to visit. These look like the perfect places for us to see. Peaceful and beautiful.

  12. Not a bad road trip Karen. And I do love a good one. Great hiking, excellent views. And that fall gondola ride would be perfect. It’s certainly the year to get out and see more of the area.

    1. Thank you! Very fortunate the North Shore is so close…we’ll be heading there soon to grab the last of my son’s things from his college apartment so will definitely be taking a hike or two in the area.

  13. Being a fellow Great Lakes neighbor, Hello from Michigan, we both know why they are called the Great Lakes… Because there are so many great things about them!
    I need to get up to visit Lake Superior as it’s been awhile since I was last there. Such beauty all because of the power of water!

    1. Water is so good for the soul! I’ve only been to Detroit (and that was a business trip)…would love to visit the UP especially and experience the Great Lakes from that perspective.

  14. First off, I’ve to say that you’ve definitely sold Minnesota to me! I’ve never been before when visiting the US. Gooseberry Falls is so pretty and scenic too. I’ve seen Duluth in a few films before, so it’s nice to read something more about it! Thank you for putting this trip on my radar 🙂

    1. That makes me so happy to hear! I’m actually writing a post right now about all the Minnesota state parks – and that I’ve challenged myself to explore more as I have only been to a fraction of the 75 state parks and recreation areas. Let me know when you’re in the neighborhood!

  15. It looks absolutely amazing and I would love to visit and road trip in Minnesota. Lake Superior looks so serene and would love to visit the falls. I hope we will make it there one day!

    1. I hope you get the opportunity. Minnesota’s north shore on Lake Superior is one of my favorite places in the world.

  16. This is gorgeous! I love how different the landscapes are from one place to the next -the change in colors is really nice! And I just can’t get over the fact that the North Shore it’s actually on the west side of the lake xD

  17. So much to see on this route and your photos illustrate how beautiful it is perfectly! I guess you could spend quite some time checking out everything. I would especially like to visit the Glensheen Mansion – it looks beautiful in the snow.

    1. There is so much to see and do along the North Shore. I love Glensheen Mansion also. I’m looking forward to visiting their gardens and grounds next month.

  18. I love Lake Superior and have spent quite a bit of time on the Michigan shoreline. this is a great post and I feel inspired to go there! Thanks!

  19. This looks like so much fun! I’ve never been to Minnesota, but I love the focus on outdoor activities! I would definitely visit.

  20. Wow, I had no idea Minnesota had so much to offer! It’s hard to even pick a favourite spot. I love the sound of those waterfalls in Gooseberry Falls State Park, looks like the perfect spot for a bit of hiking! Gorgeous pictures too.