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Road Trips /Fall Colors

Road Tripping is the all-American past time. People have been loading up the car and visiting the North Shore since Ford came out with its very first automobile. Visit our beloved Split Rock Lighthouse State Park for pictures! But, if you want to get the most out of your road trip, visit the Silver Bay Area on the "Heart of the North Shore."

Even our highways are scenic, and several are National Scenic Highways. Highway 61 is the famous route along the shore from Duluth to Canada. Highway One leads from Tettegouche State Park to Ely and takes you on a winding path through deep forest where moose sightings are frequent.

A new road, Forest 11, connects Silver Bay to the Iron Range and passes through miles of boreal wilderness. Fall Colors on the North Shore can't be beat! Enjoy the splendor of a North Shore Color extravaganza with a scenic drive on Hwy 61, paralleling the shoreline; Hwy 1, thru the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains; or Hwy 11, thru the lush Superior National Forest. Since our forests consist of mature maples, yellow birch, and oaks… you will wonder why you didn't come sooner. The explosion of colors is phenomenal!

For a real adventure, book a Fall Colors ATV Tour and actually "experience" nature firsthand! Dazzle your eyes - and - your senses! Another way to enjoy our fall colors from beneath the forest canopy is to visit our local environmental learning center and hike to Wolf Lake where you will feel like you took a wrong-turn into the Swiss Alps instead! In fact, after you've hiked down to the lake, hike up to their mountain and experience 180deg; panoramic views of Lake Superior on one side and 180° panoramic views of the raw forests inland. Beautiful!

Our area is a naturalist's paradise, in part because Lake Superior funnels migrating birds along the shoreline. The spring migration of warblers back to our area is a sight to behold, and 26 species of warblers stay here to nest. We have many species of butterflies, insects and wildflowers, and interesting geology to explore.

Blueberries, several types of raspberries, and other edible berries are abundant on the shore and in the forest. There are countless scenes for photographers and artists, and our weather provides every atmosphere one could want. All are all-weather roads, meticulously plowed in winter. A real treat awaits the visitor who ventures along our roads, with countless snow-filled vistas.

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