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Trip List by Sarie4

Minnesota "Up North" for Newcomers

May 6, 2007  Recent vacation in Minnesota.
3.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

The great parks, restaurants, and places we found on our Northern vacation.

  • 1. Duluth
    Duluth, Minnesota

    There's not a whole lot to see here, but it's a nice place to rest your head at the end of the day. We stayed at the Inn at Gitchee Gumee and had a lovely stay. Duluth's a nice play to eat. We ate at Bennet's on the Lake which was affordable and delicious, and also at Blackwoods, also quite good and not too expensive. You can drive along the skyline (there's a path with that name) to see lovely views of Duluth (it's kind of cool to go as it approaches night) as well as small, beautiful creeks and bridges. The skyline is kind of long; enter towards the northern edge to see the creeks and bridges, and towards the southern end for the views of duluth leading up to the tower at Enger Park.

  • 2. Temperance River State Park
    Temperance River State Park, Schroeder, Minnesota

    Really cool gorge. Only park we saw just like that, like rock that's been split into two and water added in between. There are two waterfalls there, too. Short walk and pretty neat.

  • 3. Jay Cooke State Park
    Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton, Minnesota

    Our favorite park. Absolutely stunning. You walk out onto a bridge that's over rapids and gorgeous rock. You can climb out onto the rock, too. Absolutely wonderful. Our fave.

  • 4. Northern Light's Roadhouse & Pub, Beaver Bay, MN

    RIght along Highway 61. Really interesting menu...scandanavian delights, vension, great fish, interesting salads topped with strawberries, wild rice bread and soups, etc. The food was absolutely delicious, and the menu, the most creative and exciting one we saw on our trip.

  • 5. Gooseberry Falls State Park
    Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors, Minnesota

    Really lovely trails.... Three waterfalls (among the prettiest we saw) and amazing trail that leads to view of cliffs along the beautiful Lake Superior... Wonderful. Ended up hiking about 4 miles total.

  • 6. Palisade Head, MN.

    Just off highway 61, around the Silver Bay area. You should see a sign for palisade head. A great lookout point with views to Lake Superior as well as to a giant cliff with varying colors.

  • 7. Taylor Falls, MN

    In between the twin cities and Duluth. We went canoeing here, $40 for one canoe, for several hours. The water is calm and nice for the beginners that we were. It does take 2-3 hours, and remember to put the better steerer in the back!

  • 8. Split Rock Lighthouse
    Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, Minnesota

    The lighthouse is only open for visitors during late spring and then summer, so we actually couldn't tour it during our visit. We were able to walk around the grounds (careful--it closes at 4 PM). The lighthouse is very cute, and gives great views of Lake Superior. Take the trail down to the bottom for a closer up view of the lake and a nice spot to practice skipping stones.

  • 9. Tettegouche State Park
    Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota, United States

    You could probably skip this one. Out of all the parks we visited, this one had the least awe-inspiring routes. There are two falls, but there are an awful lot of stairs to get down to them. And you must come up the same way, so make sure your lower body is in good shape! Also, the trails don't really follow the river...you'll be in the forest most of the time. Because there is no bridge by the second, shorter falls, your journey will be really long unless you choose to just retrace your steps, and even then it's kind of long. But the waterfalls are nice. Just not the prettiest we saw or the most accesible.