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Set within the natural grandeur of Lake Superior’s North Shore, Lutsen provides a year-round escape for idyllic relaxation or adventurous recreation. The warmer months bring with them endless activities, from kayaking and fishing on the water, to epic hikes amongst forest and mountain landscapes. By winter, the snow-powdered slopes beckon skiers and snowboarders for their turn. Situated within the sprawling Superior National Forest itself, Lutsen offers both simple pleasures and contemporary indulgences, in an unspoiled wilderness setting.

Things to see

An alpine playground boasting over 1,000 skiable acres, Lutsen Ski Resort offers something for beginners and experts alike. Here 92 runs weave down the mountain scenery, with such attractions as the challengingly steep “The Plunge” and Mystery Mountain’s terrain park – a particular draw for adrenaline junkies in need of a fix. On warmer days, the 3.9 million acres of aptly named Superior National Forest provide an almost infinite source of adventure. Among fragrant conifers, babbling rivers, and a thriving wildlife, pastimes range from camping and hiking, to fishing or canoeing amongst the waterways Native Americans once traversed. Not far from Lutsen, Cascade River State Park yields even more options. Here trails meander among birch and white cedar woods, past rivers and crashing waterfalls, and black volcanic rocks. And let’s not forget the Lake Superior itself. Ever present, the largest of America’s Great Lakes shimmers in a sapphire hue, framed by the North Shore’s rocky ledges and lush forests.

Hotels in Lutsen

Whether you’re looking for a simple sleepover or a luxury laden stay, there’s a great choice of hotels in Lutsen and the vicinity to take your pick from. Choices range from tucked away bed and breakfasts and secluded cabins, to full-service inn or hotel lodgings with resort style amenities. Much of the larger establishments come packed with in-room comforts, such as toasty fireplaces and inviting Jacuzzi tubs, to all the standard mod-cons such as satellite television and internet access. Wherever you stay you can expect a view, be it a mountain vista, a wooded landscape, or a gawp-inducing lakeside panorama.

Where to stay

Whilst many of the hotels in Lutsen provide you with all the convenience and guidance needed to enjoy the great outdoors, the area’s little town center has been a go-to for visitors since 1930. Known as the Clearview Complex, a small scattering of locally owned shops sell everything from artist made handicrafts to any supplies you may have forgotten. The pockets of civilization that dot Highway 61 are home to a handful of restaurants, where you can savor anything from deli style comfort food to Scandinavian style fine dining. The Lutsen area is especially popular with hikers, offering several miles of its own trails, along with access to the fabled Superior Hiking Trail. A ride on the Mountain Tram can whisk you to the trailheads.

How to get to Lutsen

Lutsen’s nearest commercial airport is Duluth International, situated a 2 hour drive away along Highway 61. It’s well connected to many major US hubs, including Chicago O’Hare International, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International, and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport. Alterna. For those driving in from the south, you can get onto Highway 61 via Interstate 35, whilst those coming from the north/Canada simply need to follow Highway 61 through Grand Marais and into Lutsen.

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