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Old 09-18-2021, 01:42 PM   #1
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MN North Shore Exploration

Iím going to be in the Minnesota north shore area in a few days. Trying to figure out the must sees and good places to stay. Will have 4 or 5 days to spend there. Would like like to find a good resort style campground (at least full hookups, cable and internet would be nice) for a home base and explore out from there.

Any suggestions for a home base and places to see would be much appreciated.
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We stayed at a nice full hook up campground at Two Harbors, north of Duluth. There was a really good micro brewery there and a good pizza place as well. A little ways north of town was Betty's Pies....fantastic selection of great pies.

From there, we day tripped up to the Canadian border and back down to Duluth for a week. Lots of beautiful scenery, especially in the fall. A really nice historical mansion was between Duluth and Two Harbors.

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Thanks TXiceman. Iím guessing the campground may be Penmarallter Campsites. Just talked to them and booked a couple nights. Thatís all they had open. Seems thereís some kind of end of the season thing going on next weekend in Two Harbors and everything is booked up. Lady said they are 2 miles from Two Harbors and last year the road was backed up past them.

Weíre hoping they have a cancellation and we can get another night or two.
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Grand Marais City RV Park/campground. Full hookups, right at the edge of town, right on the water of Lake Superior. The North House Folk School is adjacent, where you can watch people practicing ancient building and woodworking crafts, and also catch a sunset or moonlight sail on the Hjordis, a 50í traditionally-rigged steel schooner. Some decent/interesting restaurants and galleries and a lighthouse at the USCG station in Grand Marais, also the terminus of the Gunflint Trail which you can drive all the way out to the edge of the BWCA; watch out for moose on the road around dusk. A short drive further north takes you to Grand Portage right at the Canadian border. Great state park there with trails back into the wilderness. Middle Falls, worth the 2 hour hike, but be prepared for bears etc. The scenery is breathtaking, both overlooking Superior and back at the falls of the portage river.


On the way up or back from your camp in Grand Marais, you can stop at the Naniboujou Lodge near Hovland for a good meal in a very historic cultural icon once owned by Babe Ruth and some of his cronies. After you eat you can relax and listen to the waves in one of the adirondack chairs down at the gravel beach a few yards from the lodge.



Duluth is great, but we like the small town/lakeshore atmosphere and access to the wilderness at Grand Marais.
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Anywhere along the lake is scenic but I've had alot of fun just in Duluth. This campground has full hookups available as well as Wi-Fi...

Campsites | Indian Point Campground, Duluth Minnesota

It's bordered by the St. Louis River, has paths and some boat rentals. Been there, small and nice. I don't know how busy they are or how late in the season they are open.

If your exploring Duluth, a few high points for me are:
The Karpeles Document Museuem
Corps of Engineers Center at Canal Park
Railroad Museum (lots of steam locomotives)
Road of Seven Bridges
Enger Tower
William Irwin
The Duluth Grill (nice restaurant)
The Congdon Mansion (staff won't talk about the murder, the full tour goes to the top floor where they show some of the structure, kinda expensive but well worth it)

In Superior, Wisc.:
The Whaleback freighter Meteor
Bong Travel Center/Reststop (pay to tour the downstairs exhibits, well worth it)

Duluth has a decent park system and a nice lakewalk.

For day trips outside of Duluth there are some stops I can recommend:
The Soudan Mine
Hull-Rust-Mahoning Mine in Hibbing (a very large hole)
The Palisades Scenic Overlook (tight drive!)

In Washburn Wisc. there is used bookseller. Many titles are old and eclectic or odd. If you like books you'll find something.
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The route between Two Harbors and Grand Marais is sprinkled with state parks, and for good reason. If you're spending a week there, plan to visit each one of them to enjoy the trails, waterfalls, and shoreline.


Be sure to take your car to the Palisades, where you will find yourself standing a couple hundred feet above the lake and a nearly-straight-down cliff face (where you may see climbers rappelling up or down with their ropes).


At Grand Marais, from the boat launch area definitely walk out past the Coast Guard station to Artist's Point. Grab a pizza at Sven & Ole's, too!
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Burlington Bay in Two Harbors is a nice city campground right on Lake Superior, get a site in the David Hill addition large sites full hook ups beautiful view of the lake. It Is right in the city and those sites are open ( not wooded ) newer section of campground. You can go south from there to Duluth or North up the shore for numerous sites and places to explore. Maybe I'll see you there be there next week myself.
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