Traveling Around Lake Superior
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Jo and I began our exploration of scenic drives in America and Canada with our first trip around Lake Superior in 1996. Since then we’ve repeated that circle tour a few more times as well as making journeys to individual regions around the lake to spend several days getting better acquainted with interesting things to see and do.
Lake Superior is the US and Canada’s inland fresh water sea. It is the largest fresh water lake (by surface area) in the world – yes, that is “in the world.” It is clean and clear and its 2700 miles of shoreline is largely un-populated. . . . the total population of all the cities, towns, and villages around Lake Superior is less than 800,000. A number of harbor towns and fishing villages have retained their links to the past and their unspoiled charm. There are huge tracks of forest, among the highest mountains you’d find in the mid-west, huge granite, limestone and basalt rock outcroppings, beaches that you can walk for miles, hundreds of waterfalls, lighthouses, national history parks, and top notch scenic and recreational state and national parks sprinkled all around the lake. We’ve profiled many of these interesting places, scenic drives, and things to do in our SuperiorTrails.com website. In these pages we’ll profile some of our more recent trips to Lake Superior regions.
The most popular winter event around Lake Superior is hiking across the ice to visit the unique Bayfield Lake Superior Ice Caves. Another popular winter event is the UP200 Sled Dog Race Marathon in mid-February.
Recent Postings of interest might be our Summer Events calendars for Duluth-Superior and Ashland-Bayfield areas. Put “Bayfield” or “Duluth” or other keywords in our Search Box and you’ll find these posts.
Interested in a Fall Color Tour of the Upper Peninsula? Check out our blog entries from our 2010 Fall Color Tour of Central and Eastern Upper Peninsula. See the start of our upper peninsula fall color blog entries here. In 2011 we sampled the fall color along Minnesota’s Scenic Highway 61. See our 2011 Minnesota North Shore Fall Color Tour.