Turns out you don’t drive north when you explore the north shore. From Duluth, it’s the north shore of Lake Superior but you’re actually driving east. That stumped me for a bit.
On Tuesday, we roused our boys early enough to eat the free breakfast in the hotel. Then, we set out to explore the North shore of Lake Superior.
Traveling The North Shore Scenic Highway
Taking a minute to say we hardly ever take the scenic routes because my husband is a no unnecessary detours kind of driver. I’m more a stop and see everything type. Getting to take the scenic route for day: a highlight of our vacation for me.
Exploring The Rocky Shores Along Highway
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Eventually, we arrived at one of our primary destinations, Gooseberry Falls State Park. I added quite a few license plates to my ongoing list in the parking lot. Note the guy off to the side in the photo above in swim trunks, we decided that group must be from Alaska! We were wearing sweatshirts though it did feel fairly warm on the hiking trails.
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
We opted not to tour the lighthouse but rather enter the state park and view it from the shore via a short hiking trail. The shores of the state park were on par with the beauty of the lighthouse. The shore also proved to be a great place to take a rest and watch the waves.
Once “home” again, we watched a big ship go under the bridge before calling it a night.