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How many days to do a quick Circle Tour of Superior?

We would like to plan a Superior Circle Tour! We have seen most of the Minnesota side from Duluth to Grand Portage and some of the Wisconsin and Michigan side, including Mackinac area. So we wouldn't really need as much time to stop often, being we've seen those spots. So how many days could it take to do a quick Circle Tour, do you think? We would plan on camping every night. - Matt, Janesville, Minn.

Some people do the Circle Tour of Lake Superior in a weekend, but I don't really see the point of that.

It's 1,200 to 1,300 miles, so it depends on how many hours you want to spend driving each day.

If you took a week of vacation, you have nine days, so you'd only have to drive two or three hours a day. If you did it in three days, that's more like eight hours of driving per day.

Like you, I don't want to spend much time on the areas I already know really well. But every time I do the Circle Tour, I find more things I wish I had time to do.

For example, here are some of things I want to do on my next Circle Tour:

  • Camp and hike in Ontario's Pukaskwa National Park

  • Backpack the Lakeshore Trail in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (up to five days)

  • Kayak around the Keweenaw Peninsula

  • Camp on Stockton and/or Oak islands in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

  • Take the Agawa Canyon excursion train from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Things I've already done that I recommend spending extra time on:

You might get some ideas from our nine-day, eight-night Circle Tour itinerary: Lake Superior's greatest hits



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Last updated on July 23, 2012