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Grand Marais Minnesota Vacations

Budget Travel Magazine named  Grand Marais as "The Coolest Small Town in America" for 2015. Grand Marais is a "far above average" small town. Their harbor on Lake Superior is a showcase for  hotels, cafes and shops.

The year round population of Grand Marais is about 1,400 people however the attractions and activities available rival many much larger cities.

Stroll along the breakwater to the lighthouse; hike to the cliffs at Artist's Point; find solitude across the bay at Sweetheart's Point.


Grand Marais Minnesota vacation ideas are perfect for families, couples and single travelers.

Grand Marais Minnesota Vacation Lodging

Grand Marais Vacation Rentals You get the whole house!

A bed & breakfast inn may be the lodging you want for your Grand Marais Minnesota vacation...a destination of choice for many who are on a honeymoon, celebrating and anniversary or enjoying a romantic Minnesota getaway.

MacArthur House B&B is right in town and offers five large bedrooms and one two room whirlpool suite.

Grand Marais Minnesota Lodging: Grand Marais offers a wide variety of hotels, bed and breakfast inns and other vacation lodging.

Many Grand Marais Hotels are Located
Right on the Harbor

Grand Marais Minnesota Vacations

Hotels with views of the Grand Marais harbor:

We list this stretch of Lake Superior shoreline as one of the Top 10 Minnesota Beaches.

Grand Marais Resorts and Lodges

Voyageur Canoe Outfitters: will prepare you for a top notch wilderness experience. They are helpful, competitively priced, and will guide you through everything needed for a successful excursion into the Boundary Waters. Voyageur is also a "5 Star" lodge to select if you want to hike local trails and explore local fishing. Come for fall colors; visit Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Minnesota Vacation Rentals can be a wonderful choice for a family vacation, family reunion or group getaway. Many of them are located on lakes in our top vacation destinations.

Take the 57 mile drive up Highway 12, also known as the Gunflint Trail. 

Gunflint Lodge: With spectacular lake views, the lodge includes the main lodge and both large and small cabins with wood burning fireplaces for winter vacations. The spacious and clean rooms are a treat! Some amenities include complimentary canoes & kayaks, naturalist programs, horse back riding, fishing trips to Canada, pontoon and fishing boat rentals and guided hikes. Options abound: hike up to the High Cliffs, relax in the jacuzzi and sauna and indulge in the amazing food. Come in winter for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sled rides and the Okontoe Horse drawn sleigh rides.

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Cross River Moosehorn Lodge: Situated on beautiful Gunflint Lake, come to experience the great kayaking, swimming, fishing and guided hikes. Highlights mentioned by those who have reviewed this lodge include the rustic yet comfortable accommodations and breathtaking decor, the spectacular food, incredible service, views of the lake and availability of boats and other amenities.

The famed Gunflint Trail extends from Grand Marais "into the wilds". Resorts and lodges along the trail are popular launching areas for Boundary Waters Minnesota vacations or an adventure in Voyageurs National Park. These lodges are also wonderful Minnesota vacation destinations for a family vacation or romantic getaway. Not just summer destinations, the lodges offer perfect fall and winter vacations. You can expect top notch accomodations, fantastic food and everything you need to get out on the lake for fishing or just enjoying the beautiful northern Minnesota scenery. If you've never seen a moose in Minnesota your best chance is in this area.

Read why we have listed Grand Marais as one of the Top 10 North Shore attractions.

Grand Marais Minnesota Tourist Attractions

Take a walk to the lighthouse in Grand Marais. Enjoy beautiful Artist Point and the solitude you may find at Sweetheart's Bluff. The is one stop on your Lake Superior Lighthouse Tour.

Grand Marais Minnesota Vacation Rentals

Grand Marais Minnesota Vacation Rentals
Grand Marais Vacation Rentals are privately owned cabins and homes that are offered for rent. We've found that renting one of these is a perfect way to host a family reunion, a church or business retreat, a scrap-booking or craft retreat or any other type of gathering where you need both lots of room and the ability to gather in a relaxed and homey atmosphere.

  Some of these vacation rentals overlook Lake Superior, others are a "cabin in the woods." You can read through detailed descriptions and prices to decided which is right for the Grand Marais area gathering or vacation you are planning.

Just 14 miles north of Grand Marais is Judge C R Magney State Park - Explore the mystery of Devil's Kettle.

Take a drive to Naniboujou Lodge for lunch or just to see the amazing decor.

Grand Marais Minnesota Fun

Things to Do in Grand Marais: Visit the lighthouse on the Grand Marais harbor. Pack a picnic lunch and head to beautiful Artist's Point. Find some solitude with a short hike to Sweetheart's Bluff; this easy half-mile hike starts just behind the west end of the campground.

Artists began to flock to Grand Marais many years ago and the community is now a destination for travelers who want to enjoy the galleries, workshops and stages here. The North House Folk School offers up to 100 different courses on a wide variety of subjects such as spinning wool and sailing.

Sawtooth Mountain Stables will get you out on a scenic, guided trail ride thru the Superior National Forest.

Drive a bit north to the Grand Portage National Monument...a free attraction that features a recreated fur trading post and historical artifacts. Climb to the High Falls in nearby Grand Portage State Park.

Grand Marais Restaurants: There are many good restaurants and cafes to choose from. Some of our favorites are Angry Trout Cafe for wonderful, locally produced, food and great views of the harbor. We always stop there when in Grand Marais. The Crooked Spoon Cafe is another consistently good eatery. Chez Jude Restaurant and Wine bar is fine dining that is perfect for a special dinner. Our picks for quick treats and kid friendly stops include Sven and Ole's Pizza, My Sister's Place, World's Best Donuts and Sydney's Frozen Custard.

Try the excellent smoked fish and some "Fish and Chips" at the Dockside Fish Market. Stop in for FREE samples at the Gunflint Mercantile Candy and Fudge Shop! The Lake Superior Trading Post overlooks the harbor and offers quality clothing and footwear as well as gifts, books, maps, camping gear, knives, toys, candy, candles, jewelry and much more.

Enjoy your Grand Marais Minnesota vacation!

If you are traveling farther up the Lake Superior shore, check out our page: From Grand Marais to Grand Portage

State Parks from Duluth to the Canadian Border

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Gooseberry Falls State Park - How to Get to Gooseberry Falls State Park: Drive 13 miles northeast of Two Harbors on State Highway 61.  

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park -  How to Get to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park: Drive 20 miles northeast from Two Harbors on Highway 61 to the park entrance.  

Tettegouche State Park - How to Get to Tettegouche State Park: Drive 4.5 miles north of Silver Bay on Highway 61 to the park entrance.   

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park - How to Get to George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park: Drive 7 miles north from the village of Finland on Lake County Road 7.  

Temperence River State Park - How to Get to Temperance River State Park: Drive 1 mile north of Schroeder on Highway 61 to the park entrance.  

Cascade River State Park - How to Get to Cascade River State Park: Drive 10 miles southwest of Grand Marais, just off State Highway 61.  

Judge C R Magney State Park - How to Get to Judge C.R. Magney State Park: Drive 14 miles northeast from Grand Marais on State Highway 61.

Grand Portage State Park - How to Get to Grand Portage State Park: The park is located 5 miles north of Grand Portage on Highway 61. The entrance to the park is on the west side of the highway, just before the U.S. Customs Station on the U.S./Canada border.  

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