The Grand Marais Dragon Boat Festival is next week. Two Harbors Heritage Days was last week. Without the big festival crowds, this is the perfect mid-summer weekend to head up the North Shore. All you can do is hike, fish, shop, and enjoy the views. No mini-donuts to spoil your appetite for herring.
Plus, there's a great deal to be had this weekend. Entrance at all national parks July 18-19 is FREE. This includes our very own Grand Portage National Monument.
Grand Portage is a real treat for visitors of all ages. Set aside at least two hours to experience the rebuilt fort and the excellent historical reenactments. The interpreters are top-notch. Plus you can visit the new Heritage Center with its exhibits and bookstore. Hike up Mt. Rose while you're there for a great view of Grand Portage Bay.
Granted, normal admission is just $3.00. So you can apply those dollars for a purchase in the new Heritage Center bookstore.