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Lake Superior circle tour

Two cars, five days and 1,200 miles of highway. Two sets of travelers with different ideas of the perfect vacation create memories of a lifetime around massive Lake Superior.
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    Canada's Highway-17 near <br>Rossport, Ontario.
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    A freighter passes Duluth.
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    The dining room at Naniboujou Lodge <br>near Grand Marais, Minnesota
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    Guests can climb the tower for a <br>Lake Superior view from Michigan's <br>Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn.
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    Both trailers and tents find beachfront <br>camping at Munising, <br>Michigan's Tourist Park.
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    Ojibwa pictographs decorate Agawa <br>Rock in Lake Superior Provincial <br>Park, where hikers follow signs <br>of the lake spirit Misshepezhieu <br>down the rock.
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    Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn

Trevor's Itinerary


DAY 1...4 STOPS 395 MILES Duluth, MN—Boned up on Great Lakes history at a museum and watched freighters pass under Aerial Lift Bridge. Peeked inside cavernous hull of old freighter William A. Irvin. Ashland, WI—Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center Got in touch with lake’s critter side with nature-heavy exhibits and trail in coastal wetland. Porcupine Mountains State Park, MI—Hiked to Summit Peak for a view of forest, lake and Apostle Islands hazy on the horizon. Munising, MI —Tourist Park Grabbed travel-magazine-worthy campsite (just look to the left) by the water of South Bay.

DAY 2...3 STOPS 270 MILES Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI—Kayaking all day in clear water felt like flying over lake’s rocky floor. Saulte Ste. Marie, MI/ONT—Grabbed dinner at Antlers, home of great burgers, wacky taxidermy and views of passing freighters. Breezed through customs in five minutes. Lake Superior Prov. Park, ONT—Oh, Canada! Spectacular sunset drive led to campsite near cobblestone beach. Pop-up trailer great for quick midnight setup.

DAY 3...3 STOPS 242 MILES Lake Superior Prov. Park, ONT—Walked rocky Agawa Bay beach, then followed cliffside trail to ancient pictographs. The life preserver hanging by the trail is a joke, right? Wawa, ONT—Took part in obligatory photo ops with world’s largest Canada goose and stuffed moose at Young’s General Store. Rainbow Falls Prov. Park, ONT—Another amazing lakeside campsite; gulls and chipmunks got a little too friendly as we ate around campfire.

DAY 4...2 STOPS 208 MILES Terrace Bay, ONT—Spent day fishing for lake trout and meeting local caribou in Slate Islands. Took bonus tour of local ATMs after learning that Doug the Fishing Guide only takes cash. Kakabeka Falls Prov. Park, ONT—Realized that our pop-up trailer really needs Chinese lanterns to compete in RV campsite culture.

DAY 5...5 STOPS 166 MILES Kakabeka Falls Prov. Park, ONT—Walked along system of decks that provide great views of falls. Wondered how thunderous these falls were before humans managed the flow. U.S. Customs, MN—When the agent asked if we’re carrying any fish out of Canada, we proudly said, "Yes! " Grand Portage National Monument, MN—Talked with reenactors at old fur-trading post and watched a craftsman building a canoe. Cascade River State Park, MN—Hiked along the river on part of famous Superior Hiking Trail. Split Rock Lighthouse, MN—Got inspired by story of keeper Frank Covell, who once turned the broken light all night by hand.


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