the Visit Neighboring States Series
We just returned from our second visit in eight months to the Lake Superior North Shore in Minnesota. Nope, we don’t have any family up there, we just LOVE it! It’s a beautiful, remote, natural retreat!
Duluth sits at the base of Lake Superior. Here Interstate 35 ends and Highway 61 begins. Highway 61 runs all the way north to Canada. Along the way are charming little communities and stunning state parks including Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche.
The best way to plan a trip is to pick up a North Shore guide which lists all the attractions, lodging and more by mile marker along highway 61 from Duluth.
3 Important Tips for Visiting the North Shore
- There aren’t a whole lot of roads after you leave Duluth. Highway 61 is the main route. Because…It’s not commercialized! In Two Harbors there is a Mc Donald’s and you’ll recognize a few other brand names but otherwise, its local shops, cafe’s, attractions and lodging…
- Lodging is important on the North Shore. The main attractions in the area are outdoors in nature. Lodging, like The Grand Superior Lodge, becomes part of the destination.
- Even in the summertime, the weather is much cooler, so bring hats, gloves and jackets. Summer lake water temperature is about 42 degrees.
4 Reasons to Visit
Ok, after reading all that, you’re probably wondering why anyone would visit, let alone visit with young children! Because…
- The natural beauty is breathtaking! Think mini-version of Colorado but half the driving time. From Des Moines to Duluth is about six hours.
- Superior Hiking Trail is “Ranked in the top 10 hiking trails of the world by Backpacker Magazine!!” and you can hike portions of this trial with your kids!
- Peace! The North Shore is a retreat…a calm in our busy lives.
- Family trips like this are more than checking items off a bucket list. It’s a time for pondering, connecting and refreshment! Lake Superior North Shore Minnesota with Your Kids!