Minnesota is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. The twelfth largest state of the U.S.,
it is the twenty-first most populous, with 5.27 million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the
Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state on May 11, 1858.
Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water". Those waters, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Nearly sixty percent of Minnesota's residents live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area known as the "Twin Cities", the center of transportation, business and industry, education and home to an internationally known arts community. The remainder of the state consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; deciduous forests in the southeast, now cleared, farmed and settled; and the less populated North Woods, used for mining, forestry, and recreation. The large majority of residents are of German or Nordic descent, but ethnic diversity has increased in recent decades. Substantial influxes of African, Asian, and Latin American immigrants have joined the descendants of European immigrants and the original Native American inhabitants.
The Lake Superior Circle Tour drive will take you through beautiful Minnesota towns like Grand Marais, Two Harbors and Duluth.
Minnesota State Parks
To learn about Minnesota State Parks on the North Shore or to make reservations online, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us
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Our Tofte hotel offers a variety of room types including suites with whirlpools. Wake up each morning to our free, hot, home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast and stay connected with free high-speed internet. Guests also enjoy our inviting, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
The AmericInn Tofte hotel is conveniently located in the Lutsen-Tofte area of Lake Superior’s magnificent North Shore - a year round playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Situated on scenic Highway 61, minutes away from world-class golf, hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails, snowmobiling, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
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Follow the North Shore Drive 80 miles north of Duluth to Schroeder, MN, and you'll find Lamb's Resort on Lake Superior. We are a quiet, family owned and managed resort on 60 acres with more than a 1/2 mile of private Lake Superior beach. Located in Schroeder, on Lake Superior and the Cross River, we are in the Tofte/Lutsen area midway between Duluth and Thunder Bay. Our convenient location is ideal for folks wishing to explore the entire North Shore of Lake Superior
Lake Superior Zoo
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Encounter fascinating animals from around the world at the Lake Superior Zoo! Situated in West Duluth's Fairmont Park, the zoo sits on over 16 acres of picturesque landscape at the base of Spirit Mountain. With rocky hillsides, majestic pines and beautiful Kingsbury Creek, the natural scenery makes an ideal setting for this attraction. The Lake Superior Zoo was started in 1923 by Bert Onsgard, with support from the city of Duluth and the community. The first resident of the zoo was a white-tailed deer named Billy. By the late-1920s, the zoo's collection had grown to over 220 mammals, birds, and reptiles.
AmericInn Silver Bay
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Our Silver Bay hotel offers a variety of room types including suites with a whirlpool and fireplace and rooms with balconies and lake views. Wake up each morning to our free, hot, home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast and stay connected with free, hotel-wide, high-speed internet. Relax in our inviting, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
We are conveniently located in Silver Bay, Minnesota, the Heart of the North Shore, on Scenic Route 61 half of a mile from Lake Superior and minutes from the Superior National Forest.
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We are at the center of the Lake Superior North Shore activity, year round! The Superior HikingTrail and the Gitchi-Gami Bike Trail are just outside our door, and Lutsen Mountains, the Superior National Golf Course and all the major North Shore State Parks are just minutes away!
Whether you are here to relax or explore, the Chateau LeVeaux is the perfect place!
We feature cozy and romantic lakefront condos with a balcony or patio and 3 hotel rooms each with a fireplace; you can’t get much closer to the Lake than this!
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Our Duluth hotel offers guest top hotel amenities, including pool and relaxing Whirlpool hot tub, and Fitness room.
Guests at one of the top hotels in Duluth enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, in-room coffe/tea & luxurious bedding in each room & suite.
Our Duluth hotel is centrally located and close to major Duluth college campuses.
Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
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Luxuriate in the comfort and beauty of the 100-room Grand Portage Lodge & Casino embraced by the Lake Superior shoreline just off Highway 61. At this cozy retreat, all rooms have spectacular views of the Lake Superior shore or the deep green mystery of Minnesota's north woods.
Unwind by the 3-story fireplace, dine in the Island View Dining Room, enjoy a cocktail in the lounge, or relax in the indoor heated pool or soothing sauna. Come for intimacy or come with everyone and make use of our excellent meeting and banquet facilities.
Ride Lake Superior
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The motorcycle ride around Lake Superior is humbling, scenic, tasty and spectacular. You will travel through three states and one massive province, experiencing different cultures and local traditions. The Ride Lake Superior website will help you plan out your epic motorcycling journey and identify the best attractions and activities all around Lake Superior.
Rydens Border Store
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Ryden's Border Store is a family owned business since 1947. We're located 1/2 mile from the US/Canadian border in Grand Portage, Minnesota.
We offer many services including Parcel Service, Money Exchange, Large Selection of T-Shirts & Sweatshirts, Many unique souvenirs, Duty Free Shop, Restaurant, Motel and Gas Station.
Call us, we ship Malkins Jam, Minnesota Wild Rice, Beef Jerky or anything we sell!
Grand Marais Recreation Area
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We offer 300 campsites from full hook-ups with 50 amp power to tent sites in a wooded setting. Large group campsites are available and all campers have access to four, modern bathhouses throughout the campground. Each campsite includes a picnic table and firebox. Outside firewood is not allowed. Wood, ice and convenience items are available at our office. Registered campers enjoy great discounts at the on-site, indoor municipal pool and near-by Gunflint Hills Golf Course. Other great features of this family-friendly campground include: full service municipal marina, picnic pavilion on the water, rec. hall, playground and Sweethearts’ Bluff Nature Area. Everything is within easy walking distance to downtown Grand Marais. Wi-fi is available for an additional fee
Lake Superior Trading Post
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We’re not the biggest thing in Grand Marais.
Nope. That would be Lake Superior.
Sure, we may be the second-greatest attraction in this grand little Minnesota town, but if you can pull yourself away from the big water (and it’s only 20 steps from our door), you’ll find we’ve got everything you’re looking for. From women’s and men’s clothing, to outdoor gear, to trail maps, camping supplies, or just a cup of Java Moose coffee to enjoy by the shore, Lake Superior Trading Post is Grand Marais shopping.
Solbakken Resort on Superior
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A quiet, family run resort on Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior offers you a retreat from the world. From cabins nestled along the shore, fireplace suites in our historic main log lodge, motel rooms overlooking the lake, a lake home for larger groups, as well as a beautiful home overlooking Caribou Lake, we provide a base for you to experience the Northwoods. Activities include guided fishing trips and hikes, rentals of canoes, pontoons, skis or snowshoes, shuttles to hiking and skiing, and summer Bar-BQ's.