Favorite spots: Lift Bridge in Duluth, Two Harbors Ore Docks, Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, The Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais Harbor, High Falls near Grand Portage, Kakabeka Falls, Ontario, Thunder Bay Marina, everywhere in Ontario, wonderful Provincial Parks, scenic High Falls at Wawa, Pancake Bay beach and all sand beaches on the eastern shore, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario restaurants, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Locks, Whitefish Bay Shipwreck Museum, Michigan State Parks, Tahquamenon Falls, waterfalls and parks all along the Tour, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Keweenaw Peninsula, Calumet, Houghton, Hancock, Copper Harbor, Fort Wilkins State Park, Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains, breathtaking Fall colors in Western Michigan, Ashland, Wisconsin and the Mural Walls, Washburn and the Chequamenon Bay, and from the Apostle Islands to Superior goes without saying how beautiful and diverse the landscape is, including the sea caves and sandstone formations.
Experiences: Shopping in Duluth and many other places on the Tour, viewing the Lakers, enjoyed Louise’s restaurant and Carmody 61 restaurant in Two Harbors, sailing on the Lake, the interpretive centers and gift shops at Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse, the tunnels at Silver Creek, the North Folk Schoolhouse in Grand Marais, MN, meeting the most interesting, talented, and friendly people all along the way, crossing the International Border once at Pigeon River and once at Sault Ste. Marie (that’s a bridge that isn’t easily forgotten!), breathtaking views of waterfalls, listening to the thunder of the water, and feeling the mist, photo opportunities at every turn, traveling some of the same routes of the Voyaguers, being able to study the history of the various destinations, attending various festivals, parades, and car shows, enjoyed viewing the various islands in the Lake, “played” with the Seagulls, eating the best pizza in the world at Chicago Bay Marketplace in Hovland, MN, and the list goes on and on. We liked everywhere we went and all that was offered. Actually being able to visit the areas of gold, silver, diamond, copper, and iron ore discovery was inspiring, experiencing the excitement that blueberry season offered, identifying wildflowers and trees, experienced a deeper appreciation of nature, sampled regional cuisines, such as turkey, dressing and cranberry pasties at Roy’s Bakery in Houghton, MI, enjoyed the fresh air the lake affords, and experienced the everchanging moods of the most beautiful blue lake in the world.
We took a couple of side trips off the designated Tour route, and travelled to Lake Nipigon. It was so beautiful there we stayed four days. Another side trip was to St. Ignace, Michigan and Mackinaw City, Michigan. My husband was brave enough to cross over the Mackinaw Bridge which connects the two peninsulas. We got the opportunity to see Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. One of the main attractions in that area is taking a ferry ride to Mackinaw Island. The weather was rainy, cold and windy the couple of days we were there so we didn’t go to the Island.
We are retired, so we took our time on this trip, making sure we saw the things that interested us the most, resulting in a 5-week timeframe. I completed two journals on this trip, and those, along with destination literature, postcards, and photographs, have given us a trip of a lifetime that won’t be easily forgotten.
Mary Spanel, Lake Ozark, MO