Plan Your Relaxing Grand Marais Vacation

The city of Grand Marais, Minnesota is a well-known destination for outdoor adventures. Nonetheless, if you want to have a less strenuous Grand Marais vacation, there are lots of relaxing activities that you can do in the city as well. Whether you want to go on a scenic drive or visit art and cultural venues, you will find that there are lots of opportunities for you to indulge in your favorite activities. BBOnline recommends that you take part in these activities during your Grand Marais vacation.

North Shore Scenic Drive
Highway 61
Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604

One of the main reasons why Grand Marais is such a popular travel destination is because it is surrounded by great natural beauty. If you want to experience the immense beauty of natural landscapes in northern Minnesota, it is recommended that you take a scenic drive on Highway 61. This drive is popularly known as the North Shore Scenic Drive, and it will take you all the way from Grand Marais to Duluth. The total round trip distance is about 250 miles. Throughout the journey, you will be driving with the magnificent Lake Superior on one side and wonderful bedrock formations on the other. Some of the interesting features that you will see along the way include rugged cliffs, waterfalls, beaches and the Sawtooth Mountains in the background. Highway 61 is the only scenic byway in Minnesota that has been declared an All-American Road.

If you are planning to take this scenic drive, it is best that you set off from your Grand Marais Bed and Breakfast early in the morning. This will give you more time to make stopovers along the way.

Schooner Hjørdis Cruises
Grand Marais Harbor
Wisconsin Street
Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604
(218) 387-9762

Another activity during your Grand Marais vacation is a cruise on Lake Superior. The North House Folk School offers daily cruises aboard the Schooner Hjørdis from May to October. This splendid vessel is a 50-foot traditionally rigged schooner, and its striking colors and classic lines make it an iconic feature in the Grand Marais Harbor. It departs from the harbor several times a day, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. for the Lake Superior Schooner Outings; during evening time for the Sunset Over the Sawtooths Sail; and three evenings during each lunar cycle for the Superior Full Moon Sails. If you want to go on a cruise aboard the Schooner Hjørdis, you should call to make reservations before you leave your Grand Marais Inn.

Cook County Historical Museum
8 South Broadway
Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604
(218) 387-2883
www.cookcountyhistory.org/CCHS/Museum/Museum.htm

The Cook County Historical Museum is a place that you must visit if you want to learn more about the history of Grand Marais and Cook County. The museum is situated in the Lighthouse Keeper's House, a structure that is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. It houses many documents and artifacts that relate the lives of locals in the county during different eras in history, from pre-Columbian times to the present. Notable permanent exhibits include Cook County Schools, Medical, Military Service, Logging, Wireless Communication and others.