Lake Superior North Shore Travel Guide + Photo Diary

links to some of the clothing we wore

the kids’ knits are from Miere the Label, their other clothes are mostly from
Childhoods Clothing and Go Gently Nation

Some of our favorite places to haunt along the North Shore:

Lutsen: we love riding the Gondolas up to the top of the mountains to take in the stunning views. We also love to do hiking at Lutsen – the trails take you through the beautiful forests and by the prettiest river views.

Eagle Mountain: we haven’t done this one with the kids yet, but you can hike up to the tallest peak in Minnesota and the views are breathtaking. All you see is miles of untouched wilderness and it’s so incredibly peaceful.

Temperance River – this is our favorite hike to do on the North Shore. If you take a left at the bridge under the waterfall and then stick to the trail that takes you along the lake, it’ll take you on a hike that is so beautiful and serene. Our kids love this hike because you can find tadpoles in the little pools on top of the cliffs.

Grand Marais – one of the prettiest towns in Minnesota, it’s right at the edge of the Boundary Waters and right on the water. Some of our Grand Marais faves:

The Angry Trout restaurant – fresh Lake Superior fish and lake side views. Everything is delicious and fresh. The wait is usually pretty long, but you can sit down by the lake with a drink (and the kids can play on the beach) while you wait.

World’s Best Donuts – not much more to say except: get the cinnamon sugar donut. You’re welcome.

Beth’s Fudge and Gifts – the BEST fudge (chocolate caramel every time) and bonus points: they have a big sandbox out front that the kids can play in while you sneak all the fudge.

And before you head out of town, take a walk along Artist Point to the lighthouse.

And finally, some stops along the way home (if you’re heading south):

Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors – the yummiest pies and the perfect little stop on the way home.

Tobie’s in Hinckly – the most giant, yummiest cinnamon rolls. WORTH the stop.

Gooseberry Falls State Park – if you’re in the mood for a bit more hiking, this is one of the prettiest hikes on the road up to Grand Marais.

Split Rock Lighthouse – it’s fun to walk around the outside of the lighthouse and take in the views, but for a small admission fee you can pay to go inside the lighthouse. A fun one for the kids!

Well that’s all I have for you guys today! I hope you found this guide helpful, and I hope it gave you the itch to visit Grand Marais. There is nothing else like it and everyone that visits knows what I mean. 🙂 Have you been there?

Until next time,


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