Here in Minnesota, it’s almost impossible to be bored. If you find yourself with nothing to do, there’s a whole slew of great places to visit that you’ve probably never seen before. Why not start with taking a visit to each of Minnesota’s seven wonders? This seven wonders road trip — about 250 miles in total — will be one of the most unforgettable things you do all year. Take a look:
Minnesota has many more than seven wonders, but today we'll focus on those in the northern part of the state, mainly along the North Shore.
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1. Jay Cooke State Park
Just a few miles outside of Duluth, Jay Cooke State Park might just be the gateway to the North Shore. This 8,125-acre state park is home to the lower reaches of the St. Louis River, which rushes through a 13-mile gorge. This rugged park is a must-see in northern Minnesota, making it a perfect first stop on this seven wonders road trip.
2. Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gooseberry Falls is probably the most visited waterfall in all of Minnesota — and deservedly so. The stunning waterfall is also easily accessible. A short paved pathway will lead you to all the stunning tiers of water.
3. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Ask any Minnesotan to identify a photo of Split Rock Lighthouse, and nearly everyone would know exactly what it was. This iconic spot is beautiful both close up and from afar. Visit the lighthouse itself for a historic look at Lake Superior, with beautiful views of the lake from high up. And gaze upon the lighthouse from afar to take in the rocky cliff on which it stands. Either way, this Minnesota wonder is a must-see.
4. Black Beach
While Black Beach may not be a state or national park, it is still one of the prettiest — and most unique — spots in Minnesota. This natural wonder is the only black beach in the state. Against the choppy blue waters of lake superior and the blue and red rock of the nearby cliffs, the beach is a rainbow of colors. Not only that, but it's a great spot to take off your shoes and wade into the water on a warm summer day.
5. Tettegouche State Park
Continue your seven wonders road trip at Tettegouche State Park, where the High Falls of the Baptism River is the tallest waterfall completely within Minnesota. With a 70-foot drop, it's sure to inspire awe to anyone you visit. Many other famous Minnesota sights are on display at this park as well. Visit Palisade Head and Shovel Point for gorgeous views over Lake Superior and its jagged cliffs.
6. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
We can't talk about Minnesota's wonders without mentioning the Boundary Waters. This huge million-acre expanse is amazing for fishermen, hikers, campers, and anyone who wants to fully immerse in nature. As you canoe through tree-lined lakes or cast your line in crystal-clear waters, you'll feel at peace in the untouched wilderness of the Boundary Waters. This wonder of Minnesota is simply breathtaking.
7. Voyageurs National Park
Our next and final stop on the seven wonders road trip is way, way up in northern Minnesota. Voyageurs National Park is Minnesota's only national park, and it's well worth a visit. The main access to Voyageurs is by water, so you'll need a boat to visit. But if you can manage that, you'll be blown away by the rugged, spectacular beauty of this northern park. Amazing fishing, camping, and wildlife await anyone who takes the trouble to visit.
Would you take this road trip to Minnesota’s seven wonders? Let us know in the comments below!
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