North Shore Trip Guide | Midwest Living

North Shore Trip Guide

Where Minnesota hugs Lake Superior, expect cozy cabins, stately lighthouses and lake views stretching all the way up the shore to Canada. You'll travel via the one road to the North Shore: US-61. It winds north from Duluth and slides through to Silver Bay.


Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters at Gunflint Lodge rents gear for fishing and skiing.
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North House Folk School.
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The Superior Hiking Trail.
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Where to stay

Caribou Highlands Lodge In Lutsen’s Sawtooth Mountains, the ski resort is a four-season destination. Rooms and cabins from $89. (800) 642-6036;

Cross River Lodge A quiet resort along the Gunflint Trail makes a hospitable and family-friendly fishing base. From $95. See reviews and ratings. (866) 203-8991;

East Bay Suites Stay in sleek lakeside condos with balconies and fireplaces in the heart of Grand Marais. From $149. See reviews and ratings. (800) 414-2807;

Edgewater Resort and Waterpark A tropical-theme water park draws families to this Duluth hotel. Free breakfast. From $89, with water park passes. See reviews and ratings. (218) 728-3601;

Fitger’s Inn The staff at this stylish inn is top-notch, and the location is fab: downtown Duluth and an easy walk to Canal Park. Ask for a lakeview room, from $135. (218) 722-8826;

Grand Superior Lodge Just north of Two Harbors, the resort is a perfect base for year-round exploring and offers lots of family activities, such as ATV rides and kayak tours. Choose from rooms, cabins or lakefront homes. From $119. See reviews and ratings. (800) 627-9565;

Gunflint Lodge All-inclusive packages draw guests to a lakefront resort at the edge of the Boundary Waters, 43 miles northwest of Grand Marais. From $179. See reviews and ratings. (800) 328-3325;

Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior Stylish, luxurious cottages line the lake 20 miles north of Duluth. Swim in the indoor pool, walk along the beach and unwind in the sauna. From $130. (218) 834-8250;

Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior Budget travelers like the affordable historic lodge rooms, but the modern condos and cabins are reasonably priced, too. Rates include great amenities such as guided sea-kayak trips. From $119. (800) 258-8736;

For more information: 

Visit Duluth (800) 438-5884;

Grand Marais Area Tourism Association (888) 922-5000;

Gunflint Trail Association (800) 338-6932;

Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association (888) 616-6784;

Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce (800) 777-7384;


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