5 Things To Pack for a Great North Shore Vacation

There’s no place quite like the North Shore in the spring. Everything is in bloom, the birds are back and it’s finally a little warmer in our typically-chilly area.

Quite honestly, it’s one of the most beautiful times to take a trip to Duluth, Two Harbors or anywhere in the Lake Superior area. A North Shore vacation is a peaceful one.

Below are five things you should bring with you before heading to our neck of the woods for a getaway!

1. Rain gear

We get our fair share of rain in the spring, but don’t let that stop you from exploring the gorgeous outdoors! Grab a rain jacket so you can head to attractions like Split Rock Lighthouse, and if you bring some rain boots you won’t have to cancel the many trail hikes you have planned. Don’t worry; the North Shore is beautiful all the time, rain or shine!

2. Something for your “me time”

If you’re looking to do less sight-seeing in favor of some quiet time away from the craziness of every day life, don’t forget to bring a good book, a few magazines or a journal to enjoy while you sit on your cabin’s front porch and enjoy the Lake Superior view. Not much of a reader or writer? Try cross-stitching, painting, or any other technology-free hobby you’ve been meaning to take up!

3. Your selfie stick

Let’s be real; with views like ours, you’re going to need it.

4. Lots of layers

Though we’ll soon be out of the teens-to-30s temperatures that typically plague us during the winter, there’s still some chill in the air during a Minnesota spring, particularly at night. Dressing in several layers will help you keep cool while you’re active during the day or in the sun but will easily allow you to keep warm once the temp starts dropping.

5. Your binoculars

For bird watching, or even better, for ship watching! It’s officially iron ore shipping season on the North Shore, and you’ll have a front row seat if you stay at Island View Resort, with its amazing Lake Superior views. You’ll be able to see iron ore boats load pallets in Two Harbors or you can head to Duluth’s Canal Park for a walk along the boardwalk to see the ships cross under the aerial lift bridge.

Now that your bags are packed, it’s time to book your stay on the North Shore!

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