Location: Lake Superior
Ease of Getting There: 7/10
Ease of Staying There: 7/10
Ease of Eating There: 6/10
On the north shore of Lake Superior, you’ll find the quaint community of Lutsen, Minnesota. With a population of 190, according to the 2010 Census, Lutsen will provide you with small-town hospitality.
Lutsen is a winter wonderland with an average of 120 inches of lake effect snowfall each year. Winter sport enthusiasts will enjoy Lutsen’s 250 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails (the biggest network in North America), 450 miles of snowmobile trails, and 1,000 acres of downhill skiing and snowboarding. The Cascade River State Park and Superior Hiking Trail are two popular outdoor sites to take in the beauty of Lake Superior and Lutsen’s surrounding nature.
Celestial enthusiasts will fall in love with Lutsen’s awe-inspiring view of the Northern Lights. The dark skies and northern location allow for those in Lutsen to experience the mystical wonder year-round, but the Northern Lights are visible more frequently in late fall and winter.
The community is home to resorts, inns, and lodges. Be sure to check out Papa Charlie’s Tavern & Stage, one of Minnesota's top music clubs, to experience live music during your stay. Other dining options include, Moguls Grille & Taproom, The Strand Waterfront Dining Room, Bluefin Grille, and Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains.
Lutsen, Minnesota, is a four-hour drive from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and most visitors travel via Minnesota Highway 61 for a scenic route along the coast. For travel by air, Duluth International Airport is a two-hour drive from Lutsen, Minnesota.