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…
State Park in Iron Range District

Hill Annex Mine State Park

You'll need to take a tour to see the park. On the 1.5-hour mine tour, a bus takes you around the open-pit operation where 64 million tons of iron ore were extracted. Excursions are held in summertime only, on Frida…
State Park in Bemidji & Chippewa National Forest

Itasca State Park

Itasca State Park is an area highlight. You can walk across the tiny headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River, which is pretty wild. Wade in the knee-deep flow and hop over a couple of stepping stones, then boast …
Museum in Duluth

Maritime Visitor Center

Located next to the Aerial Lift Bridge, the center has computer screens inside that tell what time the big ships will be sailing through. Cool model boats and exhibits on Great Lakes shipwrecks also make it a top st…
Park in Duluth

Leif Erikson Park

This is a lakefront sweet spot with a rose garden, replica of Leif's Viking ship and free outdoor movies each Friday night in summer. Take the Lakewalk from Canal Park (about 1½ miles) and you can say you hiked the …
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…