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Old 10-11-2016, 04:14 PM   #1
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Minnesota's Eastern Shore

We are planning a late spring trip next year to Minnesota's eastern shore, exploring potentially from Duluth north to the Canadian border (which we plan to cross).

I see on the map small towns from Two Harbors to Grand Portage. Recommendations on what to see and where to stay? We will probably spend 7 to 10 days in the area before school is out.

Is highway 61 a "friendly" route or is it like our west coastal highways. . .lot's of slow traffic?

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Old 10-12-2016, 10:24 PM   #2
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We live in Grand Marais, MN and have since 1989. I was born and raised in Two Harbors and lived there prior to moving to Grand Marais.

Hwy 61 is two lane and can be slow with all the tourist traffic, especially on a Friday heading north, Sunday going south. There are a lot of State Parks between TH and Canadian Border. Gooseberry, Split Rock, Tettegouche, Temperance River, Cascade River, Judge Magney and Grand Portage. All state parks have camping except Grand Portage. All have ample hiking trails. . Nice municipal campgrounds in Two Harbors and Grand Marais, not sure about Silver Bay. Grand Portage Indian Reservation also has campground next to Casino. There are also a couple of private campgrounds (Lambs in Schroeder comes to mind). Several national forest campgrounds inland. Lots of hiking opportunities, kayaking, canoeing, charter fishing on Lake Superior, mountain biking, stretches of paved bike trail along Hwy 61. Lutsen Mountains you can ride the Gondola up to chalet and or ride the Alpine slide. Grand Marais is a tourist town right on Lake Superior, little shops downtown. Community caters to art scene. Music at local bars is very popular. Outside seating, etc. Two Harbors not quite as quaint and touristy as Grand Marais. Grand Marais is more of a destination.
Lots of nice family owned restaurants up and down the shore. The North Shore is obviously geared towards outdoor activities. Numerous community festivals and events up and down the shore throughout the summer. Hope this helps.
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:23 PM   #3
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The Grand Marais Municipal Camground is a favorite of mine. It's right on the water and you can walk the short distance into town. I towed my 37' 5er up from Minneapolis on a Thursday in late September 2016. Traffic wasn't bad. Average speed on 61 was 55-60.
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:29 PM   #4
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The Grand Marais Municipal Camground is a favorite of mine. It's right on the water and you can walk the short distance into town. I towed my 37' 5er up from Minneapolis on a Thursday in late September 2016. Traffic wasn't bad. Average speed on 61 was 55-60.

Very true. The municipal campground in Grand Marais is a great location. Next to Lake Superior and close to downtown with many restaurants, bars, local brewery, and shops within walking distance.
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While traveling along the Lake Superior shoreline stop at Two Harbors Vis Center they have the "Whispering Giant on Display" this is also the Original Home of "3M Corp"! Youroo!!
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Be sure to plan ahead and reserve spaces. There are very few campgrounds in all of MN that will be able to accommodate a big rig if that's what you have. The seasons here are pretty short and most of the State parks are older and were built for smaller rigs.
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you can reserve state parks online (MN DNR) but don't wait till the last moment they are full most every weekend in the summer Most of the stated parks are on tributaries to lake superior and have awesome hiking, waterfalls and some gorges. I you want an excellent voyagers experience head up to Fort William just across the border. everybody is in period costumes and many demonstrations of fur traders life Have fun
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