As the leaves begin to change and the air becomes crisp, October is the perfect time to explore Two Harbors, Minnesota, and its stunning surroundings. Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, this northern gem offers a unique late fall travel experience. From scenic hikes to cozy accommodations and local attractions, here are some essential tips for a memorable visit to Two Harbors in October.

1. Embrace the Fall Foliage

Two Harbors and the surrounding North Shore area are renowned for their breathtaking fall foliage. In October, the landscape transforms into a tapestry of red, orange, and yellow hues. To make the most of this natural spectacle, plan hikes in nearby state parks like Gooseberry Falls State Park or Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. These trails offer some of the most stunning vistas of Lake Superior framed by colorful leaves.

2. Take a Tour Through the Haunted Ship – Duluth, MN

Each year, throughout the month of October, the Irvin undergoes a spine-tingling transformation into a haunted ship, where the very essence of fear takes on a haunting reality. Located just minutes from Two Harbors, you can prepare to confront your deepest fears as they come to life, seemingly without end. Embarking on the self-guided tour, you’ll witness a remarkable reversal of the once-historic ore ship, revealing its true, eerie identity. 

3. Indulge in Local Flavors

Don’t miss the opportunity to savor the flavors of fall in Two Harbors. Local restaurants often feature seasonal dishes, such as hearty soups, fresh-caught fish, and delectable desserts using apples and pumpkins. Ask locals for their recommendations, or check out the many cafes and eateries. Some of our favorites include Cedar Coffee Company, Northshore Pizza Cafe, and Rustic Inn Cafe.

4. Plan a Visit to Split Rock Lighthouse

October is an excellent time to visit the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse. The historic site, perched on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior, offers guided tours that provide insight into the region’s maritime history. The scenic drive along Highway 61 to reach Split Rock Lighthouse is an attraction in itself, with numerous opportunities to pull over and take in the fall scenery.

5. Ride the Train on the First Class Two Harbors Fall Colors Tour at the North Shore Scenic Railroad – Duluth, MN

Want a new way to experience the fall colors? Visit the North Shore Scenic Railroad, located nearby in Duluth, MN, and embark on the First Class Two Harbors Fall Colors tour, a 6-hour full day trip up the North Shore! 

During the 2-hour stop in Two Harbors, you’re free to shop, eat, and enjoy the area! Make sure to book your tickets quickly, as these tours will only be available until October 15th, 2023!

Nothing beats a trip up the North Shore in Minnesota during the fall! While you’re here, make sure you book your stay with us at the Country Inn of Two Harbors. After a day of fall adventures, we have the cozy comfort you crave!