In 2016 we did a two-part tour of the Lake. The first part of the Circle Tour started in May of 2016 in Hurley, WI. From there, we visited Ashland and on to Bayfield and the peninsula. We then traveled to Superior, WI and south to view the falls at Pattison Park, then back through Superior and on to Duluth where we visited the Lake Superior Magazine Outlet store and the Duluth Trading Company. After touring Duluth and appreciating the harbor views and the beautiful homes, we ended our first day at a motel about 40 miles south of Duluth.
Day 2, we traveled up the North Shore, stopping at Two Harbors lighthouse and then we visited Gooseberry Falls State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse. We had lunch at the Angry Trout in Grand Marais and then we visited and shopped at the Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Center. At the end of the day, we entered Thunder Bay, and spent the night there.
In the morning, we visited Kakabeka Falls. We continued on toward the top of the Lake, stopping occasionally to view the scenery. We had lunch at Drifter’s Restaurant, then continued on to White River for the night.
When we left our hotel, we found the Winnie-the-Pooh park just a short distance away. We stopped to view it. We then traveled to Wawa, stopping at the tourist centre to look at the goose and take more pictures. We visited Young’s General Store and purchased souvenirs. We proceeded to Sault Ste. Marie, crossed into the United States and stayed overnight in Sault Ste. Marie MI. The next day, we headed home, ending the first part of our tour.
We continued our trip in October 2016, starting again in Hurley. On the second day of this trip, we tried to get to the Michigan shoreline along Lake Superior, but the road was closed at that time. Instead, we went to the Porcupine Mountains and went up the Keweenaw Peninsula, stopping at Houghton to visit the AE Seaman Mineral Museum. We then toured Ft. Wilkins State Park. Along the way, we spent the night in Baraga.
The next day we traveled the main highway through L’anse, Ishpeming, Marquette, Munising, then traveled across to Deer Park, then back to the main highway and to Newberry, where we spent the night.
On the fourth day we visited the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls, traveled through Paradise and and up to Whitefish Point, where we viewed the Lake and lighthouse, toured the museum and other buildings there, and of course made a few purchases at the gift shop. We drove the scenic route along Whitefish Bay, but we were disappointed that there were so many trees we couldn’t see the lake! We stopped to view the Pt. Iroquois Lighthouse and proceeded on to Brimley and then Sault Ste. Marie, MI where we stayed the night.
The final day we drove around Sault Ste. Marie, viewed the Locks, toured and shopped at the Marine Museum. This was the end of the second half of the tour, so we headed home. We enjoyed our trips and hope to do another Circle Tour in the future.
William G. & Janet Tilly and Kay Tilley, Hale, MI