The North Shore of Minnesota, bordered by the majestic Lake Superior, is a treasure trove of natural beauty, filled with jaw-dropping cliffs, pristine beaches, forested peaks, and gushing waterfalls. As a Mini-T Campervan owner, you have the unique opportunity to traverse this beautiful landscape at your leisure, making memorable pit stops along the way. Here are some of the most scenic routes, remarkable sites to see, convenient camping locations, and must-experience tours on your journey.
The North Shore Scenic Drive (Highway 61) is the most popular route for exploring Lake Superior's North Shore. This scenic highway, with the lake on one side and the Sawtooth Mountains on the other, offers breath-taking views of the wilderness. The 142-mile stretch begins at Duluth and culminates at Grand Portage, close to the Canadian border.
Sites to See:
Gooseberry Falls State Park: Start your adventure at Gooseberry Falls, home to three spectacular waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, and beautiful picnic spots.
Split Rock Lighthouse: This iconic, century-old lighthouse offers fantastic views over Lake Superior. Don't miss the adjacent state park, where you can explore the lakeshore or hike the trails.
Tettegouche State Park: Stop here for dramatic cliff views, serene inland lakes, and the highest waterfall entirely in Minnesota - the High Falls of the Baptism River.
Grand Marais: This quaint harbor village is a great place to take a break, walk around, and enjoy local art, food, and music.
Grand Portage National Monument: Get a taste of history as you discover the life of the 18th-century fur trade or explore the reconstructed depot and Ojibwe village.
Places to Camp:
Lamb’s Resort and Campground in Schroeder offers a beautiful beachside camping experience. The sites are rustic, perfect for your campervan, and you get a fantastic view of Lake Superior.
For those who prefer state parks, Tettegouche State Park provides scenic campsites nestled among birch, aspen, and fir trees, and the park is perfect for hiking and exploring.
Grand Marais Recreation Area and RV Park offer camping sites with full amenities and access to both Lake Superior and the harbor.
Tours to Take:
Vista Fleet Harbor Cruises at Duluth offers different boat tours that showcase the harbor, the lake, and the impressive international ships visiting the port.
Gunflint Trail is a must if you enjoy wildlife and wilderness. This 57-mile, winding roadway begins in Grand Marais and takes you deep into the Superior National Forest for a chance to spot moose, deer, and other wildlife.
If you enjoy learning about local history, take the Grand Portage Rendezvous Days and Powwow tour. This annual event in August commemorates the local history and culture with reenactments, dance, music, and food.
The Circle Tour:
For those who want an expanded trip, consider taking the Lake Superior Circle Tour, a 1,300-mile journey around the world's largest freshwater lake. This extended tour will take you from Minnesota to Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada, showcasing spectacular views, diverse landscapes, and unique regional attractions. Make sure to prepare appropriately, with proper identification for international travel.
Exploring the North Shore of Minnesota in your Mini-T Campervan can be an unforgettable experience. You get to travel at your own pace, enjoy the flexibility of choosing your stops, and witness the magnificent beauty of nature that Lake Superior's shoreline has to offer. Pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare for a campervan adventure of a lifetime.
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