Hotel near hiking and canoeing at Lutsen Mountain resort, which the New York Times dubbed “King of the Midwest Hills”
Hotel at a Glance: Mountain Inn at Lutsen
Mountain Inn at Lutsen lies just half a mile from the Lutsen Mountain resort, which the New York Times dubbed “King of the Midwest Hills” for its downhill skiing. You can still explore the resort’s scenic peaks in warmer months, though. Get aerial views of Lake Superior—and maybe even eagles and bears—as you ride the Summit Express gondola 1,000 feet up to the top of Moose Mountain. You can also hike on Lutsen Mountain’s woodland waterfalls or canoe along the Poplar River before heading back to the inn.
- Unwind with a signature massage at the new LutZen Reflections spa.
- In-room amenities: Flat screen TV.
- Free WiFi makes it easy to share your vacation photos.
- Tee off at the 27-hole Superior National at Lutsen golf course.
Lutsen, Minnesota: Lake Superior Resort Town with Renowned Hiking
The resort town of Lutsen, Minnesota, sits in backcountry wilderness framed by Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest. A year-round recreation destination, the area attracts families with golfing, biking, and some of the Midwest’s best hiking—more than 100 miles of trails wind through maple forests, cedar wetlands, and small ponds. You might spot a deer or a wolf sign along the way.
Take a drive up the Gunflint Trail, a 57-mile scenic roadway that runs past boreal forests and glacial lakes. At the northern reach of the Gunflint Trail lies the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a 1-million-acre wilderness reserve with more than 1,200 miles of canoeing trails. National Geographic Traveler named it 1 of 50 Places of a Lifetime in its Paradise Found category.