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1   in Minnesota Minnesota144 Miles

Motorcycle Roads The Incredible North Shore Tour

By RoadDog
on December 1, 2007

4.7out of 5

17 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Very easy to find and follow this ride. Starting in Duluth (a destination in itself!) and just take US Highway 61 (north) till you get to the US/Canadian border.

Scenery

Ocean-like views of the "Big Lake", open up from the heavily forested Saw-Tooth Mountains that run along side the shoreline! Work your way up along the spectacular North Shore shoreline, past numerous rivers and waterfalls, state parks and the Superior National Forest! Fantastic!! Too much to detail in this limited space, so suffice it to say this run will blow your doors off (if you had them :-)!! End at the Canadian border! . Lutsen Lodge

Road Quality

US Highway 61 all the way! The road is in good shape, mostly straight with some gentle curves. Grand Marias Bay

Roadside Amenities

You name it - high-end Lodges (Lutsen), to mompop cabins! Fancy restaurants, to small eateries! Can be chilly next to the Lake, so be prepared. And, there are SIX state parks along the way - yes SIX!

1) Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

2) Tettegouche State Park

3) George H Crosby Manitou State Park

4) Cross River State Wayside State Park

5) Cascade River State Park

6) Judge CR Magney State Park

Caribou River

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on September 1, 2010 5 out of 5 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This ride is magnificent whether you want to just stay on the road all the way to the border or if you want to take any of the NUMEROUS stops along the way including restaurants, resorts, & parks. Lots of hiking opportunities and innumerable photo ops. **TIP: Try to take in the scenery of the North Shore/Lake Superior when SOUTHbound; ideally in the afternoon. The view is all in front of you instead of over your shoulder. Also, be very alert and ready for cars stopped ahead of you waiting to turn left as their aren't any turning lanes!!

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By Guest
on August 5, 2008 5 out of 8 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Continue this trip on around Lake Superior! The scenery on the north shore beyond Thunder Bay is fantastic. Granite outcroppings framing fabulous views of the lake. It's quite a haul to Sault Ste. Marie, but I've been drawn back to make the trip three times now.
An hour north and west of Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario), there's a fantastic inn on Batchawana Bay named Salzburger Hof. Great view, food, service, and they love motorcyclists. Check their website: http://www.salzburgerhofresort.com/

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By Guest
on January 18, 2008 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

If you get up here to ride, take the time to make two side trips
-Highway One up to Ely. Great road, there was some construction summer of 07, but it should be done now. Keep your eyes out for wolves, bear and moose. I think it's about a 2 hour drive up.
-Take the Gunflint Trail out of Grand Marais all the way to the end, you can see Canada across the lake at the National Forest campground. You'll see the results of the forest fire last summer. Time is about an hour and a half each way.

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By vic106
on March 23, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Victory Cross Country

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is a great ride. Lots of things to see and do.

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By hunts4beer
on January 27, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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Motorcycle Type

Spectacular ride with lots to see and do along the way. Put this one on your bucket list. If you do the infamous Lake Superior Circle Tour you will be on this route.

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By Guest
on May 4, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Tri-Glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

Breathtaking scenery. Make sure to visit to Betty's Pies in Two Harbors. You won't regret it.

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By Guest
on June 24, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport

Nice road and the scenery was certainly beautiful. The air is crisp and the Lake is breathtaking. Did the ride at the end of May and about froze my fingers off.

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By Guest
on January 3, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make OTHER

Motorcycle Type Other

1) Take note to shift over onto Old 61 at north end of Duluth for the shoreline drive ... not the divided highway to Two Harbors. 2) Notice that the Gunflint is an absolute dead end in the wilderness, but that Hwy 1 to Ely lets you loop elsewhere if you wish. 3) Also check the parkways along the hilltops of Duluth for great views of the city and lake.

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By Guest
on February 4, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 1999

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Make sure to stop in at Lutsen Lodge (beautiful Northwood’s Lodge), and take a run up Lutsen Mountain to enjoy lunch and a beer at Papa Charlie's (fun restaurant and bar, with spectacular views and live music)!

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By Guest
on August 26, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Yamaha Stratoliner

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a must-do trip. If you can, try it in late September or early October. The scenery is fantastic at any time, but the fall colors and cool days add a great element to the ride. Definitely five stars!

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By Guest
on May 27, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Vstar

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great ride, don't forget to stop a the Rustic for great food. If your going back to the metro from there. Take 23 south out of Duluth through the park and round the curves. Much more scenic and relaxing.

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By Ziggy
on November 2, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW R1150RT

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Was a great warm up for the Superior Circle Tour.

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By Ziggy
on November 2, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW R1150RT

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Was a great warm up for the Superior Circle Tour.

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By Ziggy
on November 2, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW R1150RT

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

A beautiful ride and some of the best whitefish and pies on the planet.

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By Guest
on October 24, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I agree with a previous post - the ride around all the way around the lake to Sault Ste. Marie is great. Also another place for accommodations and fine dining (if a bit pricey) is the Naniboujou Lodge. See: http://www.naniboujou.com/

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By Guest
on July 2, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Absolutely stunning, a very scenic, beautiful and a learning experience. You can continue the ride across the Canadian border (if you have a passport) But even if you don't, there's plenty to do and see on the "state" side. From the lighthouse at Split-Rock to several state park and waterfalls, it's a dream ride. The views of the coastal line is amazing, and there are plenty of places where you can pull over and admire the views of Gitchee Goomie. Pack for cooler weather, as even in July, I wish it was a little chilly on the bike and I noticed most of the biker community wearing leathers.

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By Guest
on October 6, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1999

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Unforgetable. Majestic. Beautiful place. Friendly folks. Peaceful. Now if it would just stay 75 degrees and sunny all year long....

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