We recently completed the Lake Superior Circle Tour by car as a married couple. June 18 through June 26 were the dates, start to finish, of our adventure.
Our best experiences were as follows:
The Pictured Rocks Cruise at Munising, Michigan. The mineral-stained cliffs were awe-inspiring with Mother Nature at her best! The boat tour provided us with up-close views at eye level as well as a verbal geological lesson about the various colored minerals and descriptive names of the formations created by nature. We also were able to purchase a wonderful, colorful book that really portrayed our boat tour of these cliffs well: Pictured Rocks From Land and Sea, Souvenir Edition, Photographs by Craig Blacklock, $8.95.
Fort William Historical Park near Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here we had an excellent tour guide who took us through the buildings, one by one, explaining the fur trade that was part of life in the early 1800s and the interaction between voyageurs, native people and the fur traders. We were shown various real furs, how they were graded and assigned points at the North West company location.
The Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan. There was much to see and do at Whitefish Point. We toured the Keepers quarters dwelling, which was attached to the lighthouse; viewed artifacts and exhibits of various ships; watched a video/film about the ship Edmund Fitzgerald; viewed exhibits in the Lifeboat Station. Here we learned why Lake Superior has the reputation of being the most treacherous of the Great Lakes. One can easily spend an entire day here, as there are also scenic overlooks of Lake Superior and a gift store at this location.
We toured other sites along the way such as the Aerial Lift Bridge and the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, the Two Harbors Lighthouse and Split Rock Lighthouse along the North Shore, Bayfield shops and its fishing industry, waterfalls, etc., but our three best experiences listed above were the most educational and the time was well spent at those three locations. We used the Lake Superior Travel Guide (2013 edition). It was helpful and contained useful details.
Jerry & Zola Dasinger, Rogers, Minnesota