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Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive

Duluth, MN
+1 800-429-9297
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Great way to spend a day, wish we had more time

I am a beachcomber and was very excited to get to Brighton Beach and Two Harbours. Relaxing drive... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Great road for a long run

We stayed at the Larsmont Cottages and decided to head out for a long run on the North Shore Scenic... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Duluth, MN
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I am a beachcomber and was very excited to get to Brighton Beach and Two Harbours. Relaxing drive with gorgeous views of lake and forest just a short drive from Duluth. Lots of picnic spots and restaurants to encourage a longer stay. We'll be back

Thank nancybCancun
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed at the Larsmont Cottages and decided to head out for a long run on the North Shore Scenic Drive. I would recommend mid-morning. It wasn't too busy yet, but enough people passing along that it felt safe and there were other runners and...More

Thank mnpaddock
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This drive is always beautiful, no matter the season. Fall is probably our favorite when the leaves are turning. There are many great waysides to stop at for a look at Lake Superior as well as Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse and more beautiful spots...More

Thank Janie B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great relaxing drive along Lake Superior. Many scenic spots to stop and have a picnic or just take pictures. Nice public parks and beaches along the drive. Grills available to cook out. Always enjoy walking along the shore picking and skipping rocks!

Thank Heidi B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Easy to take it slow and enjoy the views and waysides. Wished I could have made it all the way to Canada but ran out of time. Guess I'll have to come back to complete the journey.

Thank SparklySunflower
Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to come up here for vacation as a kid and teenager, now I live up here! This area is so rich in history, nature and of course the Big Lake! This is similar to Alaska in some ways. Very rugged yet beautiful. And...More

Thank beyondthepavement40
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A gorgeous sunny day with the beautiful blue waters make this a wonderful drive that relaxes anyone who needs to get away from the work rat race!

Thank Jim-Reta H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Brought my family visiting from Florida up the drive to Gooseberry Falls and back. Cool weather but stunning beauty at the upper and lower falls of the Gooseberry River. Very nice and informative rest area and gift shop and a short easy walk to the...More

Thank ramorrispiper
Reviewed 1 week ago

The North Shore Scenic drive is well worth seeing. It is beautiful and relaxing. We stopped in Kitchi Gammi Park and Brighton Beach. It is a great place to enjoy the waves crashing on the rocks and watch the seagulls fly. We like taking a...More

Thank choc1243656
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There isn't a better stretch of road to take in the majestic surroundings than this one. There are also plenty of wonderful places to stop and enjoy along the way.

Thank Jennifer K
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Please i would love some opinions . We are going to Duluth for 6 days over the 4 th of July however we only have one day for the scenic drive . I for sure want to go to grand Marais. So I'm thinking of going from Duluth to grand Marais early early (what time does the town open ? Businesses etc...) start there then come back towards Duluth stopping at all the spots we've chose . Wouldn't it be a good way to end up late where our room is and the other way around we're late driving back from grand Marais. ??? Please I appreciate any input !! I've read every review . We are going on a Sunday July 2 nd . So I know it's gonna be busy .
2 May 2017|
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Response from kryssi62 | Reviewed this property |
I think your plan is very good to get a head start early. We did not go as far as Grand Marais.
Crazy question, I am a bit whimpy driving on mountains and roads on the side of a cliff. This drive sounds so spectacular. Do I need to prepare my mind for this type of drive??
14 March 2017|
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Response from Bruce K | Reviewed this property |
There are places where the road is next to the lake, but not very high up. The last cliff type areas were replaced with short tunnels many years ago. Minnesota is very good about using guard rails where needed, not at all... More
Hi :) We are a group of 7-9 people planning to take the North shore scenic drive. We plan to start at 7 am on the coming Saturday and start back from Grand Marais by Sunday evening 4 pm to Minneapolis. This is mostly our first trip along the Scenic drive and therefore have included a good number of places in the itenary. We plan to reach Duluth by 10 am and cover the following places: Duluth - Brighton Beach - Old Highway 61 - Two Harbors - Castle Danger - Goosebery Falls State park - Split Rock Lighthouse State Park - Beaver Bay - Silver Bay - Tettegouche State Park - Illigen Falls - Bell harbor - Little Marias - Caribou Falls State wayside - Sugarloaf cove - Schroeder - Temperance River State Park - Tofte - Lutsen mountains - Grand Marais - Gunflint trail (very beautiful trail) - back to Duluth. I request your suggestions for the following: 1) Are the number of places included in my plan possible to visit during the 2-day trip? 2) Places recommended/not recommended for visit. 3) We plan to halt on the Saturday night by around 6:30 - 7 pm. What might be a good point to stop and rest for the night. Please suggest any decent and reasonable places to stay. 4) We want to visit Lutsen mountains on Sunday morning and go for the Gondola ride. Is Schroeder a good place to halt for the previous night? Please provide your feedback and suggestions on my North shore trip plan. Thanks :)
5 October 2016|
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Response from Z8651LQmarks | Reviewed this property |
My advice is perhaps to streamline your itinerary as you have a very ambitious agenda for two short days. What is the point of racing to see everything at the risk of overlooking the natural beauty this scenic drive has to... More