RIDE ALONG THE RIDGE [ North Shore ] ROAD TRIP ATTRACTIONS Historic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is one of Minnesota’s most popular parks, but it’s beautifully quiet in the snowy months. Gooseberry Falls State Park is spectacular in all seasons. In winter, the famous falls hold still in an icy cascade. You can snowmobile in this park, but it’s worth exploring on foot to get a better view of the falls. Trailer the scenic Highway 61 route and stop in tiny Knife River to pick up locally made snacks, including smoked Lake Superior Fish. Two Harbors is the birthplace of 3M, an important historical mining and railroad hub, and the site of numerous stores where you can pick up trip supplies. The Lake Superior Maritime Museum on Canal Park in Duluth is open year-round. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers runs free tours of the center, which preserves the area’s maritime heritage and offers close-up views of ship activity in the harbor during the icefree months. Grand Marais is a great place to catch a hot meal after a day on the trails. This eclectic town has numerous one-of-a-kind restaurants, including uniquely Minnesotan pizza, fish and tavern fare. (Photo by Explore Minnesota) SELFIE SPOT - LAKE SUPERIOR You’ll have to get right down to the shore to appreciate the ice formations along Superior’s rocky coastline, and a couple of snowmobile trails will get you close to the water’s edge. Spur trails off of the North Shore Trail get close to the shore between Tofte and Lutsen, at Illgen City, at Cascade Park, at Grand Marais, Two Harbors and East Duluth. 18 Minnesota Snowmobiling Destinations