The North Shore of Lake Superior is an absolutely stunning area of Minnesota. Home to eight beautiful state parks, stunning lake views, a myriad of activities, and wonderful local restaurants. If you’re heading to Minnesota, you have to plan a trip up to the North Shore.
Currency: US Dollar
MSP – Minneapolis/St. Paul
DLH – Duluth
STC – St. Cloud
Electrical Outlets: 120V supply voltage and 60Hz
Accommodation – Camping is a very popular option on the North Shore, but it is very difficult to reserve a campsite because it is such a popular destination. Reservations can be made up to 120 days before your planned date, and you will want to jump on that reservation ASAP. Reservations can be found here. As an alternate camping option, you can camp in the national forests. These campgrounds are first come, first serve, so I recommend trying to get there early on a weekday.
Grand Marais is pretty much my happy place. This cute little town on the North Shore is full of Minnesota charm and surrounded by incredible beauty.
Angry Trout Cafe is only open in the warm season and sells lake fresh fish caught daily. You definitely have to make a stop here if you are visiting Grand Marais. Angry Trout Cafe: One of my favorite restaurants of all time, the
this local brewery and play a game of cribbage while enjoying a fresh beer. This brewery always has little concerts and events, so check out what is going on during your visit. Voyageur Brewing Company: Hang out at
World’s Best Donuts: A Grand Marais classic, these donuts are a favorite all over the midwest. Make sure you get there early because they do sell out on a regular basis. You’ll have to gauge how busy it seems when you’re there, but I’ve seen them sell out before 8 AM.
An extremely popular ski resort in the winter time, and full of beautiful hiking trails in the summer time, Lutsen is a well-known destination on the North Shore.
Lutsen is probably the best ski resort in Minnesota, and definitely worth the trek up for a winter weekend! Lutsen Ski Resort:
Sea Kayaking: In the summer, you can rent kayaks or take a sea kayak tour from the Lutsen resort. It is such a fun and exhilarating activity to try out!
Alpine Slide! Buy a single ride for $16.50 or buy a package of rides to enjoy all the fun! Alpine Slide: Take the chairlift up and then zoom your way down on the famous
For anyone who loves to backpack, the SHT is a 310+ mile trail that stretches from the Canadian border, down through Duluth following the ridge line that overlooks Lake Superior. This trail, full of roots and rocks, takes you up to every peak and down to every valley possible. The trail connects through most of the state parks, so if you are planning to camp a night in one of these locations, check the website to see if you need to book a campsite ahead of time. I would recommend this if you are doing a longer trek because you wouldn’t believe how good a porcelain toilet and hot shower feels after a few days in the backcountry.
Otherwise, all the backcountry campsites on the trail are first come, first serve. You can check out the SHT store in Two Harbors to pick up physical trail maps. Most people don’t attempt to hike the whole trail at once, but instead sections at a time. I have hiked about 100 miles of the trail spanning from Two Harbors to Cascade River State Park. I love this trail and will continue to explore it for the rest of my life!