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Just the drive along Minnesota’s North Shore is worth the trip — no itinerary needed. Local residents and tourists enjoy the natural beauty of its forests, rivers and of course, Lake Superior, during all four seasons. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, shopping and dining opportunities abound in the many small communities along the shore.

Artwork by artist Troy Becker, for DESTINATIONS magazine
Artwork by artist Troy Becker, for DESTINATIONS magazine

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NOTEWORTHY THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Visit Silver Bay's unique Black Beach

(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)
(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)

Silver Bay’s Black Beach is unique for its black-hued, sparkling stones. The black color comes from the natural transport of taconite tailings into the sand. The city of Silver Bay was founded in 1954 as a company town built to process taconite mined from Babbitt, Minnesota. The Black Beach Municipal Campground recently opened adjacent to the beach.

Hike to Lookout Mountain at Cascade River State Park

(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)
(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)

Lutsen may be famous for its ski resort, but there are other attractions worth visiting, as well. Cascade River State Park features five small waterfalls, hiking and cross-country skiing trails and a campground. Hike to Lookout Mountain to capture a postcard photo op on the North Shore.

Follow the light to Split Rock Lighthouse

(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)
(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park’s namesake may be one of the most iconic landmarks in Minnesota. The Split Rock Light Station, about 20 miles up the North Shore from Two Harbors, was completed in 1910 and guided the passage of iron ore freighters from the Iron Range. Tours are available. The state park also includes a gift shop, camping sites and picnic areas. The paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail passes through the park.



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More marvelous stops along the North Shore



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