When traveling Minnesota Hwy. 61 along the North Shore of Lake Superior, about five miles west of Grand Marais, you’ll encounter one of the tightest curves on this stretch of road. Just before the curve, however, you’ll see a pull-off with a panoramic vista out over Lake Superior. This is Good Harbor Bay Overlook – and there’s much more to this Minnesota roadside lookout than just a pretty view. If you take a moment to explore the wayside, you’ll learn how this view – and much of Minnesota’s most spectacular geography – came to be formed.

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So next time you’re driving by Good Harbor Bay, be sure to pull over at this small overlook – you’ll learn a lot more than you’d ever expect to in a classroom with a spectacular view – I’ve been fascinated by the Midcontinent Rift ever since I first learned about it! I think it would make an awesome road trip to follow the path of the rift zone through Minnesota and look for places where the dramatic rocks from this period in Minnesota’s geologic history are exposed. Have you heard of the Midcontinent Rift or visited any of these sites? Let us know in the comments!

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