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State Park in North Shore

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

The most visited spot on the entire North Shore. The shiner itself is a state historic site with a separate admission fee. Guided tours are available (they depart hourly), or you can explore on your own. If you don’…
State Park in North Shore

Tettegouche State Park

Like most of the parks dotting the North Shore, Tettegouche State Park offers fishing, camping, paddling and hiking trails to waterfalls and little lakes, plus skiing and snowshoe trails in winter.
State Park in North Shore

Gooseberry Falls State Park

The five cascades, scenic gorge and easy trails draw carloads of visitors to Gooseberry Falls State Park. Several cool stone and log buildings, built by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, dot the premises and…
State Park in North Shore

Judge CR Magney State Park

Magney State Park is a beauty. Hiking to Devil’s Kettle, the famous falls where the Brule River splits around a huge rock, is a must. Half of the flow drops 50ft in a typically gorgeous North Shore gush, but the oth…
Microbrewery in Grand Marais

Voyageur Brewing Co

It's hard to beat a brewpub with a lakeview deck for knocking back sturdy Belgian wheat beers. Spent grain from the brewing process morphs into pretzels and bread that cushions pork sliders and other stylish pub gru…
Deli in Grand Marais

Dockside Fish Market

The boat heads out in the morning, and by noon the freshly caught herring has been fried into fish and chips at the deli counter. Seven tables are scattered on the outdoor deck, and another seven indoors. Before lea…
Food in North Shore

Russ Kendall’s Smoke House

A groovy neon sign beckons you in. Four generations of Kendall folk have cooked up the locally plucked trout and line-caught Alaskan salmon. Buy a brown-sugar-cured slab, staff will wrap it in newspaper, and you’ll …
State Park in North Shore

Temperance River State Park

The eponymous waterway at Temperance River State Park belies its moderate name and roars through a narrow, twisting gorge. The scene is easy to get to, with highway-side parking. Then hike over footbridges and aroun…
Lighthouse in Two Harbors

Two Harbors Lighthouse

Minnesota's only operating lighthouse rises up over Agate Bay. The 1892 fog-buster sticks to a rhythm – 0.4-second flash, 4.6 seconds of darkness, 0.4-second flash, 14.6 seconds of darkness. That's how it goes all d…
American in Two Harbors

Betty's Pies

Racks of pie are Betty’s claim to fame, though there’s a lengthy menu of sandwiches, burgers and omelets, too. Try a fruit-filled, crunch-topping slice.