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Family Adventures in Cook County, MN

The Midwest's hottest destination for family friendly adventure: northern lights, hiking, biking, camping, paddling and more.

Plan Your Ultimate Summer Getaway in Cook County, Minnesota

Cook County, Minnesota is one of the nation's most beloved outdoor destinations. Located in Minnesota's Arrowhead and bordered by the north shore of Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Cook County attracts visitors with its rugged beauty, vibrant arts culture and unique adventures around every corner.

Dive in to Lake Superior. Paddle through lakes and streams. Explore hundreds of miles of trails by bike or on foot. Drive historic Highway 61. With a series of unique communities peppering the North Shore of Lake Superior, a summer road trip through Cook County is the ultimate family getaway.

Lutsen | Tofte | Schroeder
Gateway to the North Shore

The communities of Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder represent the southern gateway to Cook County. An easy drive from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, this area is home to the Sawtooth Mountain Range, the beautiful Superior National golf course and miles of Lake Superior shoreline. Visitors come here to hike, kayak, mountain bike and simply unwind.

Grand Marais
Artsy Harbor Village

Recently named America's Coolest Small Town, Grand Marais is an artistic harbor village welcoming artists, families, and adventure seekers alike. From art festivals to live music, outdoor adventures to extraordinary dining, there's truly something for everyone to enjoy. Nestled into the shore of Lake Superior, visitors come here to sail, shop, indulge and find inspiration.

Gunflint Trail
The Outdoor Enthusiast's Dream

In the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies the Gunflint Trail. Picture a storybook northwoods summer: loons, lodges, shimmering water and fantastic fishing. Visitors come here to spot a moose, see the northern lights, explore the pristine forest or paddle through more than a million acres of interconnected glacial lakes and rivers.

Grand Portage
Minnesota's Best Kept Secret

At the very tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead sits the community of Grand Portage. From Mt. Josephine, enjoy amazing panoramic views of Lake Superior, Isle Royale, Superior National Forest and the Susie Islands. Visitors come here to immerse themselves in the vibrant Ojibwe culture and take in the majestic sights of Minnesota's tallest waterfall, High Falls.

Getting Here

Cook County is an easy 4-hour drive from the Twin Cities metro area. Or, fly into a state-of-the-art regional airport located just outside Grand Marais.

Where to Stay

Lodging options in Cook County range from rustic and rugged to modern and luxurious. No matter what amenities you crave, lodging type you prefer or location you love – the perfect place to lay your head is here.

Your Next Step

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