I left work early on a Thursday afternoon in Marquette and drove west to Duluth. The focus of my trip was Lake Superior’s North Shore, so the goal that first day was just to get to Duluth. On Friday, I did a little sightseeing in Duluth, including a trip to the Thompson Hill welcome center. The views from there are great, so don’t forget a stop there. The remainder of the day, I drove up Highway 61 through Minnesota, stopping at Two Harbors for lunch and some sightseeing. You’ll also want to plan stops at Split Rock and Grand Marais. I made one last stop at the scenic overlook just north of Grand Portage before crossing the border into Ontario. I spent a full day in Thunder Bay on Saturday, and a highlight of that afternoon was my visit to the Terry Fox Memorial northeast of the city. His story is so inspiring, and the views from the overlook are amazing. After my time in Thunder Bay, I made the drive to Sault Ste. Marie in a single day on Sunday. (If I could, I would have split up the trip and stayed in Marathon, but everything was already booked when I was making my plans.) It’s definitely worth stopping at the various scenic overlooks along the way. I took several photos at Kama Bay (the northernmost part of Lake Superior), for example, and the views rarely disappointed. Rossport was a cool stop right down on the lake. I stopped at Wawa to see the Goose, and then the drive from there to the Soo was amazing. Monday, I did a little sightseeing on the Canadian side of the Soo before finally crossing back to the States. I watched a freighter transit the locks before I started the trip home. All in all, a very nice trip, and definitely something I want to do again sometime!
Michael Gronseth, Negaunee, MI