Steeped in history, dotted with active iron mines, and surrounded by the Superior National Forest, Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range is a unique destination for families, couple and groups.
Experience unparalleled cycling on the 110-mile paved Mesabi Trail, take advantage of resort activities like kayaking, hiking and more at Giants Ridge, bring along your mountain bike to ride the most amazing trails in the Midwest, or golf award-winning courses.
Discover museums that explore Native American history, mining, labor and immigration, and see active mining take place from astounding viewpoints with knowledgeable docents onsite. Ride a trolley to a mining ghost town, go ¼-mile underground into a former mine, relive hockey history, or explore some of the last Finnish homesteads in the country. Visit a "castle in the woods," and the state's tallest bridge, or check out Bob Dylan's childhood haunts.
Taste local treats including chocolate, beer, pastries, smoked meats and more. Events here celebrate food, Finnish history, the onset of winter, local artists and much more. Find varied lodging from your favorite hotel brands and outstanding campgrounds to vacation home rentals and resort condos.
This region of northern Minnesota is also home to the super family-friendly ski mountain at Giants Ridge, superior cross country ski trails, and snowmobile trails that stretch from town to town, up to Canada and back!
Explore all 12 communities of the Mesabi Iron Range to experience nature, world-class birding, and even learn how this region helped shape American history. The Mesabi Iron Range is located an hour north of Duluth, and is connected to the North Shore of Lake Superior by the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway. Our "Ride Guide" provides itinerary ideas and scenic routes to explore by motorcycle or car. Visit this one-of-a-kind destination any time of year!