Need help planning a North Shore tripI want to take a three- to four-day trip up the North Shore of MN. Lived here all my life, never done it. Traveling with our 17-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son. Best vacation ever was Colorado, where we hiked, fished, whitewater rafted . .. so kids don't like to sit still. Can you give us a daily agenda with options? We are horrible at planning vacations; it's overwhelming! - Nancy, Rogers, Minn.
It sounds as if you have a good handle on what you want to do.
The North Shore is a perfect place for active folks. Here's a perfect vacation for you and your family:
Stay in Illgen Falls Cabin in Tettegouche State Park on the Baptism River, which has a lot of swimming holes (see Cabin on a waterfall).
You'll be close to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, so go on one of its kayaking trips at Split Rock Lighthouse, www.wolf-ridge.org/programs/families/split_rock_kayak.shtml
If you can't get in at Illgen Falls, stay at Lutsen Resort, which offers free kayaking and hiking trips to guests.
On Lutsen Mountains, take a few rides down the Alpine Slide. If your kids are speed freaks and will want to race each other, spring for the unlimited pass.
Bring your bikes and do some hiking-biking combos, such as hiking from Temperance River State Park to Britton Peak, then returning by bike on the Gitchi-Gami Trail (see Walk 'n' roll).
Hike the five-mile Split Rock River loop or the eight-mile Cascade River loop. Hike to Eagle Mountain, Minnesota's highest point (see Hiking the North Shore).
See the waterfalls, tour Grand Portage National Monument and Split Rock Lighthouse and do all the other sightseeing things.
For a guide, see North Shore by the mile.