Hiking : The Hidden Gem of the Midwest: A Guide to Minnesota’s North Shore

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It may not be the big mountain skiing of the Rockies, but it’s perfect for families and locals in Minnesota.

Grand Marais

For a town of only 1,300, you won’t find better food or activities. The pebble beach in town is considered one of the prettiest in the country. Angry Trout, which sits on the harbor, is often ranked as one of the best restaurants in the state.

Recently launched Voyageur Brewing is locally owned one of two micro breweries on the North Shore. North House Folk School was the fourth folk school in the country that has become an epicenter of craftsmanship around the world, teaching walk-in classes like timber framing, blacksmithing, basket weaving, and many other traditional skills.

For gear rentals in any season, head to Stone Harbor to collect whatever you need.

Grand Portage National Monument

The only National Park unit in the U.S. that is co-managed by local Native Americans, Grand Portage was historic trail used by fur traders and early explorers that connected the great lakes with the hunters and trappers to the west. The Northwest Fur Company depot has been rebuilt with historical accuracy, surrounded by nearby Ojibwe tribal lands. One of the best restaurants along the North Shore, Naniboujou is nearby, adjacent to Judge Magney State Park.

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