We decided in early spring to do the tour and ordered the Lake Superior Travel Guide & Guide Book to help us decide our route, and where we wanted to stop. It was our decision to do the tour counter clockwise, as we have been along the north shore several times and if we ran short on time, or could not get reservations (We winged it with no reservations) we could always drive the extra few hours home. We hit Bayfield, Washburn and Madeline Island in Wisconsin. The Porcupine Mountains were beautiful with fall colors. Houghton, Calumet, where we toured the historic Calumet Theater, Eagle Harbor, and Copper Harbor. Marquette, Munising, amd Grand Marais, MI where we walked in the Picture Rock National Lakeshore. In to Paradise to see the lighthouse and Tahquamenon Falls. Sault Ste. Marie, and Mackinac Island for a little side trip. We also took in a 740 ft ship going through the locks before crossing in to Canada. What an amazing engineering experience. We stopped at a few of the bays and attractions that didn’t require a lot of strenuous hiking through Ontario (damn knees.) Stayed in Terrace Bay and went to the Aguasabon Falls and Gorge. Thunder Bay and on to Grand Portage. High Falls, Grand Marais, MN. Fall colors on the backroads were better than along the shore (peaked the week after we were there). The Lutsen Mountain gondola ride was amazing. I can’t seem to go past Split Rock Lighthouse without stopping at least at Pebble Beach to take a few pictures. And Gooseberry Falls. We will certainly do the tour again. Maybe a summer trip to hit more of the beaches, and enjoy summer weather. We took 2 small dogs on the trip, and were welcomed to most places for a small fee to have the dogs in rooms with us. A couple places even waived the pet fees. Our best fall colors were in the UP. Minnesota did NOT disappoint, though.
Jim & Torasie Larsen, New London, MN