Two Harbors has their Heritage Days celebration going on starting on the 4th. We will be up there for a few days at their campground. They have the best concerts in the park. Last year people brought folding chairs and blankets, picnic baskets and bug spray. Such a fantastic time! We're a younger family and even our little kids enjoyed themselves. :)
At Gooseberry Falls, if you have an extra 15 min, walk all the way down to the lake, or, better yet, stop at Split Rock Lighthouse, and drive the car down to the lake. There's an awesome shoreline walk, and you'll see a small island / nature preserve.
Head a bit farther up, and just before Tettegouche State Park there's a drive up to a peak along the shore - can't remember the name, but it's to the right as you are heading north. Then at Tettegouche, park the car (free at this park), and walk out to Shovel Point.
I also like going to Temperence River State Park. You can park on the side of Rt. 61 (for free). Walk up the river a bit past the "cliffs" area, and you'll get to a point where the river & scenery looks like Montana and the move "A River Runs Through It". Then before leaving, walk down stream where the river hits the lake. Awesome beach for walking & picnic.
I do the North Shore each October. It's a special place for me.
Palisade Head is the name of the cliff overlooking Lake Superior, just before Tettegouche. ( It's just after Silver Bay.) Well worth the drive to the top.
I love watching boats come into and leave the Duluth harbor under the lift bridge. There are not as many boats into and out of the Two Harbors harbor, but it is more amazing to see a 1000 foot boat finess in or out. Check the schedule of the harbors here:
After that thrill, Split Rock and Gooseberry Falls are very cool and highly photogenic.
Does anyone know if the road to Palisade Head is blacktop or gravel? We will be on a motrocycle.
Hondo, the road up Palisade Head is blacktop. It is a very narrow, steep road, suitable for only one car at a time in places. I.E Perfect for a bike! (Unfortunately it's not a very long climb).
To find Palisade Head, when heading up the N. Shore, after Silver Bay, (Signal light), there is a long open stretch of road, then the Americinn hotel, around the curve til you see the Palisade Baptist Church on the right, Palisade Head is just after that. There is a small parking lot at the bottom, they ask that you do not tow trailers up the hill, as it is very narrow in places.
Thanks yucatan-we'll check it out next week.