Have you been thinking about planning a trip up the north shore this spring/early summer, but you’re not sure where to start? You’re not alone! We have the perfect road map for you to follow to ensure you hit some of the greatest, family-friendly spots Lake Superior has to offer.
Day 1: The journey north
The first day to account for is traveling. Not everyone loves the long drive, but we have a few things in store for you to look forward to! Driving through Hinkley, the number one place to stop at is Tobies Restaurant and Bakery. Depending on what time you pass through, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and then take some of their world famous baked goods with you!
If you’re feeling up for some adventure, taking a pit stop at Jay Cooke State Park is not something you’ll want to miss! You can take a walk on the Willard Munger State Trail, admire the beautiful River Gorge and take a brave walk across the swinging bridge.
Back on the road, you’ll soon meet Duluth. Enjoy a lovely walk around Canal Park, catch a big ship coming in and snap a few photos of the historic lift bridge! Don’t forget to hit one of our favorite restaurants while you’re in town including Va Bene, Grandma’s, or Canal Park Brewing Company. Check out one of Duluth’s infamous, breathtaking sunsets before heading up to Two Harbors for an unwinding night at the Country Inn of Two Harbors.
Day 2: A day of history and nature
Two Harbors is conveniently located near a variety of state parks and trails and there are hundreds of miles of wilderness to explore! Whether you have time for just one or all, pack up a delicious lunch and hit some of the most popular places, including:
- Two Harbors Light Station
- Gooseberry Falls State Park
- Split Rock Lighthouse & State Park
- Iona’s Beach Scientific & Natural Area
On you’re way back into Two Harbors, don’t forget to pick up some pie from northern Minnesota’s hidden treasure, Betty’s Pies! If you have a love of craft beer, don’t miss Castle Danger Brewery’s Taproom. They offer a variety of beers made right here in northern Minnesota and they’re usually playing live music on Friday and Saturday nights!
Don’t worry about dinner, there are great local restaurants to check out in and around Two Harbors!
Day 3: An afternoon in Beaver Bay
What’s a trip up the north shore without another day of exploring the great outdoors? It’s what we’re known for! Beaver Bay is a beautiful and historic oasis off of the great Lake Superior, north of Two Harbors. You can spend some time admiring and exploring the crystal clear views of Lake Superior, or you can take a journey around the Cove Point Loop (which does connect to the Superior Hiking Trail). You can also venture up the river and explore the bewitching Beaver Falls!
Another hot spot to check out in Beaver Bay is the Beaver Bay Agate shop. Agates are Minnesota’s state gemstone and Beaver Bay is a great place to find them, usually. If you’re having a hard time finding some, heading over to the agate shop will allow you to handpick some of the most beautiful agate’s Beaver Bay has to offer. You can also bring the agates that you did find in and have them turned into a beautiful piece of jewelry to remember your trip by!
Day 4: The journey back home
After an invigorating and adventure-packed weekend up north, it’s time to head back home. If you have some extra time, spending some time in Duluth is a great way to fill up the day! Check out Fitger’s for some shopping and lunch, take a walk on the newly renovated Lakewalk and stop at Duluth’s favorite, Portland Malt Shoppe, or take a scenic drive along the Skyline Parkway for a beautiful view of the lake and the city.
Now that you have the perfect travel guide, what are you waiting for? Contact us to book your stay before the tourist season hits! We have a fun mini-golf course and a relaxing sauna and pool for your convenience. We also offer AARP, AAA and senior discounts and children under 18 stay free.