My wife and I just completed the Circle Tour of Lake Superior. Almost 3,500 miles of driving from our home in Kansas City to Duluth, Minnesota, where we began the tour. We really enjoyed the trip immensely and here are some highlights:
We visited the Fairlawn and Glensheen homes in Duluth as well as tried out some local food from Clyde’s and Pickwick.
We traveled the North Shore, stopping at Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse and also had a wonderful lunch at The Pie Place in Grand Marais.
We spent a full day in Thunder Bay and traveled to Kakabeka Falls, the Terry Fox memorial and sailed on Lake Superior in the evening.
We drove all the way from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie in one day and stopped very often to take pictures. Especially at Terrace Bay and Wawa. The drive from Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie was our favorite part of the drive.
After Sault Ste. Marie, we traveled to Whitefish Point and visited the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and learned all about the history of the many shipwrecks that occurred in Lake Superior.
The remaining part of the drive was stopping at Marquette and Fort Wilkins before returning to Duluth and then back home to Kansas City.
To answer the questions posted:
Which way is the best way to travel the Circle Route – Clockwise or Counterclockwise?
We went clockwise, so I can only base it on that and we enjoyed the trip.
Which part of the lake offered you the friendliest welcome?
The people in Thunder Bay were terrific.
What surprised you the most during your trip around the lake?
The food was tremendous.
What do you recommend as the optimum length for a full Circle Tour Trip?
All the way around. It was definitely worth it.
If you had a chance to revisit one area for a week, where would you choose?
Sault Ste. Marie. We wanted to do the train trip, but did not have time.
Where is the best high spot from which to view or photograph Lake Superior?
The Terry Fox Memorial was a great spot, but there are so many great places.
Bob & Darla Stalder, Kansas City, MO