"The North Shore" Top 5 Page for this destination Minnesota Travelogue by zrim

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The shoreline of Lake Superior from Duluth to the Canadian border is called the "North Shore" by most Minnesotans. Highway 61 hugs the coastline the entire way and reminds me of Highway 1 in California. Obviously, there is a big difference in that our North Shore is icy, snowy and cold much of the year. But it is almost as dramatic as its counterpart in California.

The photo opposite is one of the many waterfalls along the North Shore. This one is called Gooseberry Falls and is the first real sight heading northward from Duluth.

Cliffs and coves dot the coastline. If you look carefully, you can spot the Split Rock Lighthouse on top of this cliff on the upper left corner.

There are great hikes every few miles along the North Shore. Basically, you can just pick a river, park your car and start hiking upstream. Sometimes you come across a chasm as seen here.

The streams are rocky, but the water is pure and ice cold.

Summers are short in this north country. The ice sometimes lingers on lakes until mid May. And the leaves begin to turn at the end of August. However, life thrives in this harsh climate. Wildflowers are abundant despite a two month growing season.

Wintertime can be especially thrilling as Lake Superior bashes the shoreline leaving the rocky coast covered in sheets of ice.

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