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Betsy Amundson

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Betsy Amundson is the manager at Lutsen Lodges, vacation rental homes, specializing in high-quality vacation home rentals in the Lutsen, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. While not managing her business, you can find her reading books and travel to exotic locations.

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5 Most Amazing Things to Do in Northern Minnesota


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Vacation in Northern Minnesota

Northern Minnesota is an area that mostly comprises Cook County. It includes the regions like Lutsen, Schroeder, Grand Marais, Grand Portage, and Tofte. The mesmerizing natural beauty of the area and several fun activities has made this area an incredible destination for a vacation. Regardless of the time of the year, there is always something exciting to do in Northern Minnesota.Read on to find out what’s in store for you on your trip to the north!

1. Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding

Lutsen Lodges Minnesota Vacation Rentals

Lutsen Lodges Minnesota Vacation Rentals

The highest mountains on the North Shore are in the Sawtooth range. The Sawtooth Mountains are 1088ft above the Lake Superior landscape. This breathtaking topography makes this place an ideal spot for skiing and snowboarding. What makes this area unique for skiing is that Lutsen offers more suitable terrain than any other destination. The features of the terrain are also exquisite with jumping jibs and the longest sloping run. This region also offers several easier trails for families and beginners. Moreover, you can also book a Lutsen Lodge to enjoy skiing and snowboarding for as long as you like.

2. Canoeing and Kayaking

Lake of the Woods Minnesota
Minnesota might be widely famous for its lakes, but its rivers are equally fascinating. Several lakes and rivers in the north are just the right places for canoeing and kayaking. If you do not want the hassle of carrying a canoe with you, you can get one from an outfitter. They offer everything that you would need for canoeing and camping in Northern Minnesota. This region has the most pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. You can reserve a forest chalet through Lutsen lodge reservations to find a place near the canoe area. You can also find all the necessary equipment and permits to set out on a safe adventure into the wilderness.
 
Canoeing and kayaking will not only be relaxing, but it will give you a chance to connect and enjoy with your family. Look for wildlife as you paddle across the sparkling water and share your love of nature with your loved ones. As serene and mesmerizing as the landscape is, it’s really no surprise that people have been kayaking here for hundreds of years.

3. Take a Trip to the National and State Parks in Northeastern Minnesota

Grand Portage State Park Minnesota

Grand Portage State Park Minnesota

The four State Parks in Northern Minnesota are exquisitely beautiful. All of these parks including the national parks are fascinating and appealing to travelers of all ages. The Grand Portage State Park has the highest waterfall in the state. It is also the only state park in Minnesota which is not owned by the state itself.
 
Here’s a list of the best things you can do in each park:
 

  • Grand Portage State Park: Enjoy the spellbinding view of the 120ft high waterfall. You can also reach the falls through an easy half-mile walk on the boardwalk.
  • Temperance River State Park: You can hike along the Temperance River Gorge to enjoy the beautiful view of the falls.
  • Cascade River State Park: The Park offers the visitors to trek to the multi-tiered narrow section of the river which is known as the Cascades.
  • Judge C.R. Magney State Park: Peer into the Devil’s Kettle; a huge hole in the rock that is said to be bottomless. You can reach Devil’s Kettle by hiking beside the Brule River.

You can also take a trip to the National Parks like North Country National Scenic Trail and Isle Royale National Park. Apart from hiking and sight-seeing, you can also go fishing, kayaking, boating, and bird watching in the parks.

4. Towering Pines Canopy Tour

Zip lining
Canopy Tour Adventures is the most fun thing to do in Northern Minnesota. 43 miles above the Gunflint Trail, the Towering Pines Canopy Tour is the first of its kind in the state. So, if you have an appetite for adventure, this must be on your to-do list. This tour will offer you a bird’s eye view as you’ll zip between 200-year-old white pine trees.
 
Towering Pines Canopy Tour has eight zip lines through the forest canopy in Northern Minnesota. You will get to spend over two hours gliding through the old pine trees and fascinating wilderness. Usually, two guides accompany a group of 10 people through the heavy forests. The Towering Pines Canopy Tour will give you a spectacular overlook of the Lonely Lake, Gunflint Lake and the Canadian Shore. First, you will zip to the tower overlooking the Lonely Lake to enjoy the scenic view. Next, you will zip between the pines while the guides will share amazing information with you.

5. Watch the Northern Lights

Northern Lights
Believe it or not, most of the travelers that are going up north are in for the magical view of northern lights. Northern Minnesota is one of the best places to watch the northern lights which are also known as the Aurora Borealis. For most of the travelers, watching the northern lights is once in a lifetime experience. The northern location and vast dark skies make Northern Minnesota an ideal place to see the northern lights. This means you don’t have to go to the Arctic Circle to experience this alluring natural phenomenon. So, when you are in Northern Minnesota, make sure you do not miss out on this mystical experience. Make sure to check the Northern Lights forecasting before you set a camp under the dark sky outside your Lutsen ski lodge.

Final Thoughts

With the environment of Northern Minnesota, there is no limit to outdoor adventures on your trip. From a stunning sunrise over Lake Superior to hiking in the wilderness, your trip to Northern Minnesota has so much to offer. Get your Lutsen lodge reservations before the trip to enjoy your stay in the best vacation homes in Minnesota.

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Betsy Amundson

Betsy Amundson

Travel Marketer

Betsy Amundson is the manager at Lutsen Lodges, vacation rental homes, specializing in high-quality vacation home rentals in the Lutsen, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. While not managing her business, you can find her reading books and travel to exotic locations.

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