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Planning your next adventure? Consider visiting Minnesota’s North Shore! With captivating coastlines, jaw-dropping cliffs, endless waterfalls, vibrant wildlife, quaint Midwest towns, delicious restaurants, and so much more, this destination is one to add to your bucket list. Take a peek at these stunning photos that’ll inspire you to plan a trip here as soon as possible!

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Not to be confused with Hawaii’s North Shore, Minnesota’s North Shore is located in the midwest and perched along the incredible Lake Superior.

Instead of dense jungles, golden sand beaches, poke bowls, lush mountains, endless resorts, and Hawai’ian culture, Minnesota’s North Shore boasts:

✓ The largest freshwater lake in the world (aka Lake Superior)
✓ Heart-dropping cliffs
✓ Countless cascading waterfalls
✓ Picturesque views
✓ Gorgeous rock formations
✓ Historical attractions
✓ Native American cultural sites
✓ Relaxing spa getaways
✓ Exciting hikes
✓ Vibrant wildlife
✓ And so much more

Even better, all of this can be found in a region that’s virtually unknown to those outside of Minnesota!

Native Americans and Minnesotans have known the beauty and awe of this place for hundreds of years, dating back to before America was America and the Lake Superior Chippewa and Ojibwe bands settled here.

It’s truly an exceptional USA destination and can offer a ton of things to do, whether you’re a family with kids, couple, solo traveler, or friend group. Get inspired to plan your trip to the North Shore in Minnesota by browsing my favorite 23 photos of this beautiful destination.


The view from Josephine Mountain is well worth the challenging hike to get there! This hike is about a 2.5 miles out and back, and features a tough climb to the top.

But you will no doubt feel accomplished once you get a peek of this gorgeous view of Minnesota’s North Shore and the islands dotted across Lake Superior!

Even in the depths of winter, Duluth and MN’s North Shore is stunning.

However, this destination during the winter season is not for the faint-hearted! On this day in particular, it was a brisk -10° F (-23° C).

When doing a road trip along Minnesota’s North Shore, you’ll find countless waterfalls, cavernous gorges, rocky cliffs, and so much more.

If you are into geological wonders, don’t skip out on this incredible destination!

Grand Marais is a small town located near the arrowhead of Minnesota (aka the upper righthand corner of the state). It features a ton of local shops, delicious restaurants, and cozy hotels and B&Bs.

It’s also a great base for exploring the rest of the North Shore, as you have easy access to Grand Portage, the Gunflint Trail, and the area of Lutsen, Tofte, and Schroeder.

This is the stunning view from Palisade Head, a must-visit destination along Minnesota’s North Shore located just north of Duluth.

Pigeon Falls, located in Grand Portage State Park, is the highest waterfall in Minnesota and well worth a stop when road tripping up MN’s North Shore!

You’ll find that Minnesota’s North Shore is one of the best places to visit in the US in the fall! Vibrant oranges, bright yellows, brilliant reds, and deep greens transform the landscape into a picture-perfect scene.

Ready to plan your trip to Minnesota’s North Shore? Here are some of my favorite resources to help you do so!

Sophie xx

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