Plan a 3-Day Highway Journey By Minnesota

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Day 1: Duluth to Silver Bay (55 miles)

​Duluth is price its personal lengthy weekend, however to get a taste for the town in a half day, head to Canal Park, a peninsula between Lake Superior and the St. Louis River. There, outdated manufacturing unit buildings have been repurposed as retailers, eating places and lodges, and a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, referred to as the Lakewalk, delivers beautiful views of Lake Superior and the enduring Duluth Harbor North Pierhead Gentle that marks the entry to the Duluth Ship Canal. From the boardwalk, you possibly can take heed to the waves crashing towards the close by jetty and really feel the brisk air coming off the chilly Superior water. 

​For a greater sense of what’s below the water’s floor, stroll quarter-hour previous the William A. Irvin Museum, a historic iron and ore freight ship you possibly can tour, to the Nice Lakes Aquarium, which is devoted to freshwater ecosystems, like these in and across the Nice Lakes. It’s an ideal exercise for multigenerational journey, serving as a enjoyable, informative primer on the panorama you’re about to traverse.     

Come lunchtime, seize a sandwich at Northern Waters Smokehaus, close to the Lakewalk. The deli-style restaurant smokes its fish in-house, from Atlantic salmon to Lake Superior trout and whitefish, in addition to different meats. And the value is affordable for such distinctive meals.

​Once you’re prepared to go away city, you’re solely going 55 miles up the shoreline on Freeway 61, so take your time. About 40 miles on, at Gooseberry Falls State Park, wander alongside accessible paths to admire the cascades of the Gooseberry River flowing into Lake Superior. One other 6 miles farther up the highway, don’t miss the Break up Rock Lighthouse, a dramatic brick construction perched atop a 130-foot cliff. The constructing, in service from 1910 to 1969, is likely one of the nation’s most visited lighthouses. Paved paths and ramps lead as much as the customer middle and into the caretaker’s home and fog sign constructing; from there, you climb 22 steps to succeed in the remark deck. The perfect view of the lighthouse, nevertheless, is from the park’s campground close to the lakeshore. The stroll from the campground trailhead to the seaside isn’t appropriate for wheelchairs as a result of it’s a mixture of gravel and filth, but it surely’s a simple amble — roughly 1 / 4 of a mile — to the seaside and beautiful lighthouse views.       

The place to remain: For a primary lodging possibility with wheelchair-accessible rooms, e book the reasonably priced AmericInn by Wyndham in Silver Bay, roughly 10 miles up the highway from Break up Rock Lighthouse.

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