Lake Getaways Without The Crowds
Lake Vermilion trip guide: What to do
For more information or to plan your trip, contact the Lake Vermilion Chamber of Commerce (218/753-2301; lakevermilioncommerce.com).
Comet Theater, Mercantile and Exchange A coffee shop, clothing store, live-music venue and Minnesota's longest-running movie theater all cram into this single space (218/666-5814; comettheater.com).
Cook Area Farmers Market Sustainably raised pork and lamb, homemade bread, handmade goods and lots of local produce fill a row of tents in Cook on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings (218/666-0354).
Mesabi Trail You'll enjoy the views, small towns and wildlife along the 100-mile-long smooth paved trail. A three-day pass costs $5, and towns on the route offer places to stop and rest (877/637-2241; mesabitrail.com).
Mineview in the Sky The Mineview in the Sky hits all the right notes for an educational display: It's fast, it's fun and it's free. See amazing panoramas and cool pieces of mining equipment, all along US-53 (218/741-2717; ironrange.org).
Minnesota Museum of Mining Learn about this part of the region's history as you climb aboard mining equipment and tour replicas of an underground mine and mining town in historic downtown Chisholm (218/254-5543; mnmuseumofmining.org).
Pictured: Mineview in the Sky offers a panorama of surrounding cities and man-made lake.