Visit Two Harbors Minnesota and enjoy Minnesota tourist attractions on the North Shore just a few miles outside of Duluth.
This is one of several delightful small towns you will find on the North Shore of Lake Superior as you travel along Highway 61.
This town of about 3,600 people is the largest community on the North Shore once you leave Duluth.Once you arrive in Two Harbors, you have a number of options. If it is close to lunch time, we head straight to the Vanilla Bean Cafe and Bakery.
Be on the lookout for the tiny town of Knife River. We can't pass up a stop at Russ Kendall's Smokehouse there. We always buy a chunk of smoked salmon to take with us to our cabin.
If you have a sweet tooth, stop at the Great Lakes Candy Kitchen and fill a bag with your favorite treats. If you are staying nearby, plan one dinner at Emily's...a tradition in the area.Larsmont Cottages is a favorite place to stay when we go to the North Shore with children and grandchildren. We stay in a 3-bedroom cottage and enjoy all the amenities offered by this beautiful complex. Especially memorable are late night bonfires on the shore watching the stars.
To see the most interesting attractions when you visit Two Harbors Minnesota, take Waterfront Drive for several blocks to Lighthouse Point. You can explore the oldest lighthouse that is still in operation on the North Shore. If you schedule in advance you can also stay in the lighthouse keeper's house which now operates as a bed and breakfast inn.
When we visit Two Harbors, I often stop by to see the Edna G. My 94 year old mother's name is Edna Gertrude, so we feel a family connection! The Edna G is a tugboat which worked the Great Lakes and is now preserved as a museum ship. Edna G was built by the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company in 1896.Two of Minnesota's most popular state parks are near Two Harbors:
If you are heading back to Duluth, take Scenic Highway 61 and make a stop in Knife River.
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.
Read why Two Harbors is listed as one of our Top 10 North Shore attractions.
Traveling from Two Harbors on up the North Shore? Check out our page: From Two Harbors to Grand Marais.