A Circle Tour of Lake Superior!

Prepare yourself for a world-class touring experience that is truly superior. This distinct 1,300-mile circle tour by highway, around the world’s largest and most famous freshwater lake will absolutely amaze your senses. Lake Superior’s changing moods and awesome power will thrill and fascinate you. For years it’s been a great leisure trip for families, now tour operators and group travel planners are discovering the trip around magnificent Lake Superior, and groups are loving it! This is the place to go for the true relaxing sounds of nature and running water. There are outstanding nature parks, native arts and culture, shops, outdoor attractions, boat tours, hiking trails, historic rivers, sandy beaches, wonderful waterfalls and large lighthouses to visit. This beautiful international journey around Lake Superior will be touched by both Canadian and American cultures, maritime, native and
fur-trading history. Its uniqueness and color is unsurpassed, particularly during the fall months when the air is clean and fresh and the foliage and forest colors are unbelievable in their rich yellows, oranges and reds. You will come home feeling refreshed from this journey.



Our prime location in Minnesota’s Superior North Shore region and wonderful amenities make the AmericInn Lodge and Suites your best lodging choice while in the Silver Bay area. The AmericInn is located on scenic Route 61 just outside the village of Silver Bay approximately one-half mile from Lake Superior and just minutes from the Superior National Forest and several showcase state parks. A variety of room types are available, including rooms and suites that offer whirlpools, fireplaces, balconies and spectacular Lake Superior views. All rooms have microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers. The hotel also features two spacious meeting rooms for business meeting and social gatherings. Start your day off right with our complimentary AmericInn Perk breakfast buffet and stay connected with our free High-Speed Internet access throughout the hotel. Guests of all ages enjoy our indoor heated swimming pool, large whirlpool, steam room, kiddy pool with frog slide, and, of course, our 110 foot figure-eight Big Splash Waterslide. Cozy up next to the fireplace in the lobby, or lounge while soaking up the sun on our scenically beautiful grounds. The AmericInn offers spacious accommodations perfect for relaxing after a long day of enjoying all that the Silver Bay area has to offer.


Black Bear Casino Resort, Minnesota’s premier casino is the place to be with over 2,000 slots, table games, bingo, fine dining, golf, and a 408-room hotel with pool. Everything you deserve from a true destination casino. The Bear’s friendly staff is here to welcome you and to ensure your visit is a memorable one. Remember it’s okay to go a little wild!


Some say Grand Marais, MN is the best part of the Lake Superior Circle Tour. Speaking modestly, we agree! This charming harbor village, perched on the shore of this big lake, is known for art – indoors and out – unique shops, galleries, is famous for great food, offers a range in lodging, and boasts the most spectacular scenery you’ll see on the Circle Tour. Every nook and cranny has personality, and most everything you’ll want to see is harborside. Easy to stroll and enjoy it all! Walk out to our lighthouse, to Artists’ Point, check out North House Folk School, enjoy a cappuccino, fresh fish, and great homemade pie. Find world-class art of the North, at Sivertson Gallery, and visit Joynes Ben Franklin – the most unusual B.F. in the country! All this, and so much more, in Grand Marais.


Experience Fun and Excitement! Journey along Highway 61, the All American Road, to the great rendezvous place, Grand Portage, and experience one of Minnesota’s most picturesque areas. Visit Grand Portage for recreation, relaxation, attractions, and entertainment. Grand Portage Lodge & Casino is your ultimate getaway! Enjoy the fun of a 24-hour casino. Relax in our comfortable year-round lodge. Enjoyment is yours! For reservations call 1.800.543.1383.


Grand Portage Isle Royale provides the fastest trips over the shortest distances to Isle Royale National Park. We use two boats and access the most departure and arrival points of any carrier. We offer flexible scheduling consisting of trips from one day to multiple days, with a one-day trip including tours and activities while on the island. Contact us for help in planning a visit to the island.


Explore! Lodge to Lodge Adventure Tours with Odyssey Resorts. Experience 120 awe-inspiring miles along one of our country’s most magnificent All American Byways, Lake Superior’s Scenic North Shore. Travel through pristine forests, along a rugged coastline and view majestic mountainsides. Four beautiful resorts to choose from. Choose one Odyssey resort for your group lodging and enjoy complimentary activities at the other three as you explore.

Resorts/restaurants include:

Larsmont Cottages/Ledge Rock Grille (20 miles from Duluth),
Grand Superior Lodge/Splashing Rock Restaurant(Two Harbors, MN),
Caribou Highlands Lodge/Moguls Grille & Taproom (Lutsen, MN) and East Bay Suites, (Grand Marais, MN). Each resort offers special group menus, a personal step-on welcome; group lodging rates, driver discounts, and many exciting activities. Plan your group tour your way! Contact Barb Oswell, CTP, barbo@odysseydev.com, 218-728-8060, Ext. 114.


Restored to its early-20th century splendor, it is one of America’s
best-preserved lighthouses. “For many who visit Split Rock Lighthouse, this is their first view of Lake Superior,” says Lee Radzak, the historic site’s manager and modern-day keeper. Special activities and events will be offered throughout this year to celebrate its 100th Birthday. Group tours include a private guided tour, a 22-minute film and admission to the exhibit gallery. Call 218-226-6372 for more information.



Take an Adventure Tour to Michigan’s beautiful and scenic Western Upper Peninsula to visit Copper Peak, the only ski-flying facility in the Western Hemisphere. Take our Adventure Ride via the 800 ft. chair lift and the 18-story elevator to the top of the world’s largest ski jump platform. The vista is unsurpassed in the Midwest, overlooking 2,500 square miles of the Lake Superior Basin. On a clear day see three states and some 80 miles across Lake Superior to Northern Minnesota. A historical tour highlighting the area’s unique ski flying, Native American, and mining history (copper and iron) will enrich the experience. Copper Peak is located 10 miles north of Bessemer, MI on County Hwy 513. Visit numerous nearby waterfalls and historic sites. 906-224-1349


Marquette Country, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is loaded with history, historic buildings and memorable happenings. Enjoy our mining history and pristine beaches, while at the same time marveling at our historic downtown buildings. Take the Shipwreck Cruise; dine in historic splendor, overnight in affordable lodging. Step on guide service available.


Michigan’s Upper Peninsula sits along the south shore of Lake Superior and is known for its rich heritage, friendly people and unrivaled scenic beauty. The area is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and features some of the finest wilderness parks in the Midwest including Isle Royale National Park and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Quaint harbor towns and lighthouses welcome visitors and sandy beaches and rugged cliffs frame the shoreline of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. When you enter Michigan’s Upper Peninsula . . . you enter a world of finest attractions and unique experiences unmatched anywhere in the Midwest. The rich and colorful history of the region, coupled with a scenic splendor still unspoiled, provides something for everyone.



Nestled on the south shore of Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. Ashland and the surrounding region is filled with nature’s best experiences, many historic landmarks, and a wide variety of attractions sure to please your active adult and student/youth groups. We also offer first class hotels and restaurants that will serve your groups in ways that will make you want to come back over and over again. Before visiting, make sure you call us to help you create your customized overnight tours or daytrips.


Welcome Aboard! The Ferry Line operates between Bayfield and Madeline Island and each trip offers spectacular views of the Lake itself and several of the 22 Apostle Islands. Once you’ve landed, your group will be “hand-held” on a narrated tour of the Island’s distinct points of interest, and experience a taste of Island living. We are an unspoiled and undiscovered Wisconsin destination and very group friendly!

Madeline Island Ferry Line
100 Main Street, Madeline Island 715-747-2051
Let Lake Superior weave it’s spell as you discover Madeline Island

Madeline Island Museum
226 Colonel Woods Ave, Madeline Island 715-747-2415
Discover the Island’s unique history! Video-slide show, interactive exhibits and more.

The Pub Restaurant
647 Main St., Madeline Island 715-747-6315
Lakeside dining (lunch or dinner) with a fabulous view

Woods Hall Craft Shop
712 Main St., Madeline Island 715-747-3943 or 715-747-3637
See a weaving demonstration, pottery, and jewelry all locally made
Island Thyme Colonel Woods & Main Street, Madeline Island
Find the unique island keepsake to remember your time here.

Big Bay Town Park
2305 Big Bay Road, Madeline Island 715-747-6913
Beautiful lagoon and 2 miles of secluded breath-taking sandy beach

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor’s Center
415 Washington Ave., Bayfield 715-779-3397
Your introduction to the 22 Islands starts here

Erickson’s Orchard & Country Store
86600 Betzold Road, Bayfield 715-779-5438
Watch cider being made. Good treats, gourmet foods & more

Hauser’s Superior View Farm
86565 Co. Highway J, Bayfield 715-779-5404
Come for the view, flowers, fruits & cider or wine tasting

Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
Top of Ski Hill Road, Bayfield 715-373-8368
Culture under canvas! Historical musicals & national performers – a must see

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 Co. Highway G, Ashland 715-685-9983
An introduction to this region through exhibits, artifacts, and viewing tower

Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
805 Lake Shore Drive, Ashland 715-682-2500
A warm welcome to Ashland, Ashland County, and the Chequamegon Bay area

Americinn Lodge & Conference Center
3009 Lakeshore Drive, Ashland 715-682-9950
We roll out the red carpet for your group

Best Western Lake Superior Lodge
30600 US Highway #2, Ashland 715-682-5235
Newly renovated, great lake views, & adjoining restaurant


Nestled at the western tip of Lake Superior, we are a great place to Hub and Spoke. Domestic and foreign ships, sailboats, cruise ships, lighthouses, waterfalls, roaring rivers, placid lakes and museums are but a few minutes away, and a myriad of other exciting activities, museums and historical sites are all within a day’s round trip drive. Let us help you create your next adventure by the greatest of the Great Lakes. We look forward to your visit! Contact: Jennifer VanAlstine, Group Services Coordinator, 715-394-7716, jvanalstine@superiorchamber.org.



Found on the shore of Lake Superior, at the head of the Great Lakes, Thunder Bay has always been a natural meeting place. The North West Company fur trading post, Fort William, established in the early 1800s, marked the first permanent settlement in the area. Come and relive the fur trade at Fort William Historical Park. There, costumed interpreters guide you through this exciting period in Canada’s history. Arrange for a Voyageur Feast, hosted by historic characters, for your group. Visit the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s world-renowned Permanent Collection of Aboriginal Art and experience a Woodland Art Workshop group package. View exhibitions, hear about spiritual totems, and create a painting in this unique artistic style. Natural attractions abound! Kakabeka Falls plunges more than 131 feet over sheer cliffs. View the falls from jutting platforms or trails along the gorge. Amethyst, glistening in its natural state, can be found at Amethyst Mine Panorama. Walking tours are offered to groups; afterwards “urban prospectors” can gather their own amethyst from this active working quarry. Canada’s longest foot suspension bridge and longest zipline waits at Eagle Canyon Adventures. The suspension bridge is 600′ in length across the canyon from anchor to anchor, and an amazing 150 feet off the canyon floor at its lowest point. Bon appetite! Thunder Bay offers a wide variety of dining experiences from fine dining to neighborhood restaurants. Then relax in first-class accommodations. Many hotels are group-friendly and work well with group travelers. 1-800-667-8386

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