North Shore Scenic Drive Distance from Duluth:
French River (12 miles) Silver Bay (54 miles)
Tom’s Logging Camp ( 17 miles) Palisade Head State Park (58 miles)
Knife River (19 miles) Tettegouche State Park (59 miles)
Two Harbors (25 miles) George H. Crosby Manitou State Park (60 miles)
Gooseberry Falls State Park (40 miles) Little Marais (65 miles)
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (46 miles) Schroeder (78 miles)
Beaver Bay (50 miles) Temperance River State Park (81 miles)
Taking a sightseeing day tour is a very popular activity among our guests. The North Shore Highway 61 is an All-American Road and provides an unbelievable scenic drive along the Lake Superior shoreline. Popular attractions on the Highway 61 day-trip include Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors Iron Ore Dock Pier Walk, and Palisade Head State Park. Add a stop at the local dining favorites, Scenic Café or Betty’s Pies for lunch. In planning your day trip on Highway 61, you probably don’t want to venture past Tettegouche State Park, in order to make it back to Duluth in time for dinner, depending on your evening planned activities. The Skyline Drive that goes along the bluffs of Duluth provides gorgeous views of Lake Superior and Duluth. Enger Tower, a historic landmark, is a guest favorite attraction on that beautifully scenic drive. Jay Cook State Park offers a panoramic and truly scenic drive in the St. Louis River Valley, and is a Fall hidden treasure.
Bayfield is approximately 90 minutes away and provides an opportunity to explore the Apostle Islands for a scenic day trip. We suggest calling ahead to check on ferry times so that you can plan your day accordingly. Some local restaurants will pack picnic lunches for you, and our 24-hour gift shop can supply you with snacks, water, beef jerky, soda, juice, and trail mix. Check with our 24-hour Concierge Service Center to help you plan and coordinate your day-trip adventure. Whatever your day-trip choice is, you’re centrally located to begin your journey from the Park Point Marina Inn hotel resort. Cross over the bridge from ordinary and take a day-trip in our scenic paradise.
- Skyline Drive Scenic Byway
- Hwy 61 North Shore – national road
- Jay Cooke State Park
- Madeline Island Bayfield
Fall colors in Duluth and on the North Shore of Lake Superior are spectacular. The landscape becomes alive in color with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. While biking, hiking, and touring this is as good as it gets, as the Sawtooth Mountains meet the shores of Lake Superior with their cascading leaves and majestic carpet of colors. Stunning maple hillsides, mixed with birch and aspen, collide with the blue waters of Lake Superior to provide unbelievably breathtaking scenery and fantastic photograph opportunities. Fall colors usually peak in the Duluth area from late September to early October. Leaf colors last for approximately 6-8 weeks but usually peak for 1-2 weeks. Maples turn first, then aspen and oak, and tamarack provide a late wave of yellow and gold. There are really two seasons of fall color on the North Shore of Lake Superior due to the temperature variations found from along the low Lake Superior shoreline to the inland high county and Sawtooth Mountains. The first season begins inland on the high lands around mid-September with color peaking between September 20th through the first week in October. Look for the orange and some red colors that are found on the high ridges where a lot of maple trees grow. The second season occurs directly along the shoreline of Lake Superior. Here, the aspen and birch trees produce a yellow burst of color along Highway 61. The yellow color usually peaks during the last week of September and may hang on through mid-October. The hotel provides a panoramic view of Duluth’s hillside and its beautiful fall colors.
Explore Duluth, the North Shore, South Shore and beyond! Hourly to full day trips are available for these scenic drives and adventures. These guided tours are great for sightseeing all the attractions Duluth has to offer. They have many activities for every season from experienced adventurers to beginners.
Split Rock Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark and State Park in MN. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station soon became one of Minnesota’s best known landmarks and historic buildings. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the light station offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular […]
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. The state park is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife. Northshore Drive takes you all the way up for sightseeing the attractions of Gooseberry Falls.
Two Harbors, MN 55616
The spectacular scenery of the North Shore of Superior, including seven state parks, has earned this scenic route a national designation as an “All-American Road.” Small shoreline towns offer restaurants that serve local fish and produce as well as unique shops and art galleries.
Established in 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. World class mushers including have competed in the nearly 400 mile event – facing off against other seasoned competitors as well as the extremes of northern Minnesota weather and the deceivingly rugged terrain of the […]