Explore Minnesota and Canada Along the North Shore

Gooseberry Falls in Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls in Gooseberry Falls State Park

The North Shore of Minnesota is a wonderful place to explore with your family on your summer RV vacation. This area is so inviting this time of year, with the lush landscapes and long warm days. You will discover a whole new world on the North Shore!

Your adventure begins in Duluth where you should visit some of the museums, art galleries and stop by the Great Lakes Aquarium to enjoy the amazing fish of the Great Lakes. Of course you will want to get going on your driving adventure, so take off on Highway 61 to experience it all. When you reach Stoney Point Drive, be sure to take this short side-trip to see Tom’s Logging Cabin and travel to Stoney Point for a picnic.

Stop off at Two Harbors for a snack or a meal and explore the town with your family. Burlington Bay Campground is the ideal place to park for a time while you enjoy the outdoor recreation. Hike the section of Gitchi Gami Trail or bike the path to get some great exercise and stretch those muscles.

If you love waterfalls, you’ll love Gooseberry Falls State Park, known as the gateway to the North Shore. Wildlife is abundant here and you will want your camera so you can capture the feel of this Lake Superior shore. Gaze out over the lake, spot some ships, or simply relax and let all cares melt away. Camping is available here too. Enjoy walking sections of the Superior Hiking Trail through the park.

Whether you are a rock climber or not, you should stop at Palisade Head. This is a place where serious climbers come to hone their skills. With the variety of climbs, Palisade Head offers something for everyone. If you aren’t a climber, you can still have a wonderful time watching others.

Temperance River State Park,a bit further down the road, will be an incredible place to see the pine forests, watch cascading waterfalls and hike the trails through the spruce and birch trees. More rock climbing is available at Carlton Peak, and of course, revel in nature’s most lovely surroundings. Lake Superior shines in the sun and you will be inspired and intrigued with its deep water mysteries.

Next stop should be Grand Marias with its harbor side galleries, shops and views. Dine on delicious food, stroll the town’s streets and enjoy the outdoor paintings everywhere. Throughout the year there are events and festivals going on which will entertain those of any age. Grab a cold drink and a burger and settle in for a long, quiet afternoon.

Moving on you will finally cross into Canada and continue on Highway 61 to Thunder Bay where, again, you will discover a long list of events throughout the year. You may just discover a unique festival or boat race happening when you arrive. Stop at Eagle Canyon or go sailing on the lake. After your visit, you can go back or continue all the way around Lake Superior and loop back to Duluth or perhaps drop down into Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. The choice is yours! Have a wonderful RV vacation!

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