Summer in Minnesota is best spent one way and one way only: out and about! And there’s no more magical place to experience the state’s beauty than the iconic North Shore. Here are 5 must-see North Shore destinations to explore this season and beyond.
Duluth’s famed Canal Park is a central hub of urban life in the city. Situated between the city’s vibrant downtown and serene waterfront, the expansive park features more than four miles of walking paths and access to Park Point. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch sight of a freighter passing under the Aerial Lift Bridge.
Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the most scenic spots on the North Shore to catch the sunrise (but don’t worry if you sleep in; it’s beautiful any time of day). The history of the iconic lighthouse — which has safely guided ships to shore since 1910 — is as exciting as its beauty. If you’ve never been, place this historic spot at the top of your list.
Lutsen is the North’s largest ski area, offering something for everyone year-round. Plan a hike to the summit to enjoy stunning summer lake views or hop on a mountain bike for an all-day adventure through the forest. For the ultimate destination experience, observe Leave No Trace practices in the pristine wilderness of Lutsen SNA.
This is undoubtedly one of the most serene spots on the North Shore. Plan an afternoon exploring the sights or grab a rod and see what you can catch under the surface of Lake Superior. If you’re hoping to get out into deeper waters, the crew at Grand Marais Boat Rides and Charter Fishing has 30+ years of experience on the lake; you’re sure to learn a thing or two from the guides.
This state park boasts more than 20 miles of hiking trails that weave between the falls, lakeshore and surrounding forests. Gooseberry Falls features many notable spots and offers several campsites, so pack accordingly if you’re planning a long weekend excursion.