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Where to take photos on Lake Superior Circle Tour?

We are planning a late September Lake Superior Circle Tour to take pictures. Could you give us ideas of where we might get the best views? Thank you. - Sharon, Pine City, Minn.

In late September, you'll be hitting peak fall color, and all the views will be good. But here are some ideas:

In Duluth, drive Skyline Parkway. You'll find especially great views from Ely's Peak, Bardon's Peak and Enger Tower. At Hawk Ridge, you'll get to photograph hawks up close; naturalists show them to visitors right after they've been banded. See Duluth's Skyline Parkway and  Hawk heaven.

In Two Harbors, stop at Waterfront Gallery downtown (not the highway strip) and ask outdoors photographer John Gregor and his staff about great locations on the North Shore. The lighthouse down the street is gorgeous framed by fall color, and you'll probably want to photograph Split Rock Lighthouse, too.

One of the classic vantage points for fall color is the Oberg Mountain trail near Tofte, where the inland maples should be at peak. Carlton Peak also has a great view. For details and trailhead locations, see Hiking the North Shore.

In Thunder Bay, you can get great views of the Sibley Peninsula right from Marina Park. You'll probably want to photograph Kakabeka Falls, too. See Exploring Thunder Bay.

The north shore of Ontario is very picturesque; you may want to stop at Aguasabon Falls. On the highway, watch for moose. South of Wawa, stop at the Agawa pictographs. They're a challenge to photograph; try for later in the day.

In Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the best views are from the clifftop hiking trail. See Michigan's Pictured Rocks.

On the Keweenaw Peninsula, don't miss Brockway Mountain Drive, which is famous as a fall drive. There's a great overlook of Copper Harbor at the end. See Copper Harbor refuge and Digging the Keweenaw.

You'll probably find the best fall color of the whole trip driving through Ottawa National Forest and at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. DO NOT miss hiking the Escarpment Trail, 300 feet above Lake of the Clouds. See Afoot in the Porkies.

For help planning your trip, see Lake Superior's greatest hits. You'll have a great time. Just be sure to bring a lot of memory cards!

Last updated on August 14, 2009