There are quite a few “must-see” attractions along Minnesota’s beautiful North Shore. The incredible shoreline along Lake Superior is one of them, with its sparkling blue waters, rocky shorelines and cliffs, and rugged hardwood forests rising steeply from the shores. There’s more to the Duluth area than incredible scenery, though. There are a variety of interesting things to see and do. One thing we’d put firmly on the “must-see” list of attractions for anyone visiting Duluth is the Split Rock Lighthouse, located about an hour up the shore. Come stay with us at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, and let us help you plan an incredible getaway while you’re here.
Split Rock Lighthouse
The Split Rock Lighthouse near Duluth’s North Shore was built in 1910, after multiple shipwrecks occurred during a powerful 1905 storm. Since then, it has become known as one of Minnesota’s most famous landmarks, standing tall on a cliff, overlooking the rocky shores of Lake Superior. In fact, the Split Rock Lighthouse is considered to be one of America’s best-preserved and most recognized lighthouses. The Lighthouse ceased operations in 1969, but in 1976 was turned over to the Minnesota Historical Society and turned into a National Historic Landmark in 2011.
Today, visitors can climb the lighthouse, take a hike in the area, listen to the beautiful sounds of the foghorn, browse the lighthouse exhibits, and take incredible photos of this beautiful landmark. There are guided tours that leave from the visitor center throughout the day, or you can meander around by yourself as well. The Split Rock Lighthouse State Park in the adjacent area features 14 miles of hiking, biking, snowshoe and cross-country ski trails along the lakeshore and through the northern forest. It’s an incredible place to witness the fall color changes if possible, and is a favorite for amateur and professional photographers alike. The adjacent shoreline is also a beautiful and popular places for paddlers to dip their oars into the water.
After a beautiful and restorative day at the Split Rock Lighthouse, head back to Duluth for a delicious dinner downtown, and a relaxing evening at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast; the finest choice for accommodations in all of Minnesota. There’s a reason we’ve consistently ranked as a top Bed and Breakfast in the country. Come discover our award-winning hospitality this spring, when you visit the Split Rock Lighthouse. Book your room today.