Minnesota Bucket List ~Northeast Region

Headed to the northeast portion of Minnesota today. Brace yourselves! This is a long list. A few summers back we spent a week along the Northshore of Lake Superior and had the time of our lives! There are so many fun parks to see along the shore, so this list gets lengthy because of that!


  • Scenic State Park: Beautiful wooded, lake area.


  • Franz Jevne State Park: Located along the river, wolves and moose are known to roam the area.


  • Vermilion Falls: Stunning falls that empty into the Crane River.


  • Hill Annex Mine State Park: Site that explores the open pit mining heritage of the area.


  • Jay Cooke State Park: Contains a beautiful rocky gorge and among the top 10 state parks visited in Minnesota.


  • Minnesota Discovery Center: Largest museum complex in the state outside of the Twin Cities area. It details the history of mining in the area.


  • Enger Park Tower and Gardens: Overlook the port city of Duluth by climbing to the top of this tower.
  • Great Lakes Aquarium: Small aquarium that hosts a variety of fish and animals that call the Great Lakes their home.
  • Park Point Recreation Area: Beautiful sand dune area where you can also hike to the remains of a lighthouse.
  • S.S. William A. Irvin Guided Tours: Take a tour of a bulk freighter.


  • Bear Head Lake State Park: Provides great access to the Boundary Waters area.
  • International Wolf Center: Learn all about wolves and how we can help protect their population.
  • North America Bear Center: Visit the only black bear education center.

Grand Marais

  • Judge C.R. Magney State Park: Visit for a fun hike to the Devil’s Kettle Waterfall which disappears into a hole.

Grand Portage

  • Grand Portage National Monument: Visit this fun interactive old fort/trading post. Fascinating history!
  • Grand Portage State Park: Visit the park that sits on the U.S./Canada border and take in the beautiful waterfalls.

Grand Rapids

  • Forest History Center: Learn the history of the north woods and lumberjacks and how they shaped the area.
  • Judy Garland Museum and Children’s Discovery Museum: Take in Judy Garland and Wizard of Oz artifacts.


  • Hull Rust Mine View and Hibbing Tourist Senior Center: Look out over one of the largest open pit mines in the world.

International Falls

  • Voyageurs National Park: Located near the Canadian border, this national park is known for its waterways.


  • Cascade Falls State Park: Hike along the cascading falls the park is named for (and the nearby Cascade Lodge makes for a fantastic place to stay along the North Shore!)

Pine City

  • Snake River Fur Post: Reconstructed fur post located along the Snake River.


  • Banning State Park: Located along the Kettle River, this park is known for its series of rapids.
  • Minnesota Goose Garden: Native flora and sculpture garden.
  • Robinson Park: Explore this former sandstone quarry.


  • Sugarloaf Point SRA and Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center: Hike along this cove area on Lake Superior’s shore.
  • Temperance River State Park: Access this beautiful gorge area from a highway pull off!

Silver Bay

  • George H. Crosby Manitou State Park: Enjoy the cascades of the Manitou River.
  • Tettegouche State Park: Beautiful park filled with many waterfalls, including the highest falls completely within the state of Minnesota.


  • Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park: The mine within the park is Minnesota’s oldest, deepest and richest iron mine.

Two Harbors

  • 3M/Dwan Museum: Museum dedicatd to the early years of the 3M company.
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park: Minnesota’s most visited state park, this area contains several stunning waterfalls.
  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park: Tour the picturesque Split Rock Lighthouse and enjoy time along the shore of Lake Superior.
  • Two Harbors Light Station Museum: Tour this quaint little light station.

All attractions found on visitminnesota.com


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