Activity note: Less than 1/3 mile walking
Afternoon: Meet at the Days Inn Lobby at 4:00 pm. There you can get checked into your room. Your leaders will then go over introductions and the week's itinerary.
Dinner: Dinner at Blackwoods Restuarant
Evening: Orientation: As you get briefed on the schedule, please know that indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Boat Ride, Hiking on rocky lake shores and hiking trails - up to 2 miles.
Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the Days Inn.
Morning: We will board the Vista Fleet and take a tour of the Duluth Harbor of Lake Superior. Afterward, we will take national scenic highway 61 along Lake Superior with a stop at Knife River
Lunch: We'll enjoy a picnic lunch near the lake.
Afternoon: In the afternoon we will explore the rocky shoreline along Two Harbors, and the charming town itself.
Dinner: We will have a delicious dinner at Kamloops. Restaurant.
Evening: After dinner, we will settle into our rooms for the evening.
Activity note: Hiking up to 5 miles on rocky and uneven trails.
Breakfast: Breakfast at Superior Shores.
Morning: This morning we will head up to Gooseberry Falls State Park- one of the most beautiful parks in the Midwest - and enjoy taking in the falls and hiking on the trails.
Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic lunch
Afternoon: This afternoon we will visit historic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. For over 60 years, this famous light house warned ships of the rocky North Shore. We will explore the light house, and also enjoy hiking along the Split Rock River and part of the Superior Hiking Trail.
Dinner: Dinner at Bluefin Restaurant
Evening: We will settle into our rooms for the evening.
Activity note: Hiking up to 6 miles today on uneven terrain.
Breakfast: Breakfast at Cove Point
Morning: We will continue our drive up the North Shore to Grand Portage State Park. This is MN's last state park before Canada. It is also home to the state's tallest waterfall at over 120 ft. We will also visit Grand Portage National Monument. For decades, the French Voyaguers rendezvoused here with paddlers coming from Montreal and inland Canada to meet mid summer and trade goods. This is a wonderfully preserved and educational national monument to learn about the romance, conflict and enduring legacy of the fur trade.
Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic lunch on the shore of Lake Superior.
Afternoon: There is a tree on the North Shore that has been sacred to the Dakota and Ojibwe for hundreds of years. It is known as the Little Spirit Tree. Located on Grand Portage Indian Reservation, we will go with an American Indian Guide out to visit this sacred place and hear about its significance to the people of the area.
Dinner: We will dine in fashion tonight at the historic and renowned Naniboujou Lodge with its incredible mural. The food is as good as the atmosphere.
Evening: We will settle into our hotel rooms for the evening.
Activity note: Hiking on trails and on paved surfaces- up to 6 miles.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Magnuson Inn
Morning: We will hike the shores of Lake Superior at Lake Walk and take in its beauty and learn about the area's natural history.
Lunch: We will dine at the locally famous Angry Trout Cafe.
Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll head down the shore and hike at Cascade Falls State Park. The Cascade River is one of MN's most picturesque with canyons and deep plunges through its pine clad gorge. We will take in its beauty and hike along Lake Superior.
Dinner: Dinner at the Cascade Lodge Restaurant.
Evening: Back to the hotel for the evening on your own.
Activity note: Hiking up to 5 miles; uneven hiking trails
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We will spend the morning exploring and hiking at beautiful Tettegouche State Park, home to miles of trails, inland lakes, conifer forests, and amazing views of Lake Superior.
Lunch: Picnic Lunch
Afternoon: After lunch, we will stop at the Temperance River and hike along its beautiful banks. We will continue our drive back to Duluth, and upon reaching it, have a final hike through Leif Erickson Park and hear of the Vikings connection to MN.
Dinner: Dinner at the fabulous Tycoon's Alehouse.
Evening: Our Group Leaders will host a closing conversation about the program, with a chance for all of us to share our favorite experiences.
Breakfast: At the Hotel.
Morning: After breakfast, we say our goodbyes and wish you well on your next journeys- whether home or another adventure.