Start out with something brand new to Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range: a ski lift ride to the top of the mountain at Giants Ridge. Take it all in then head back to the base for a bite and a sip at The Sleeping Giant or The Burnt Onion.
Get a whole different view when you walk 1.8 miles along the Mesabi Trail in Virginia and cross the state’s tallest bridge in Virginia. You’re standing 200 feet above the former Rouchleau Mine Pit, now a source of the city’s drinking water.
Learn more about mining and glimpse US Steel’s Minntac operations at Locomotive Park in Mountain Iron. Pop in to Mac’s Bar for a burger, or bring a bike to explore the paved Mesabi Trail, one of the state’s longest, and currently paved between Grand Rapids and Gilbert, MN.
A trip to the Mesabi isn’t complete without a stop at Minnesota Discovery Center, a sprawling indoor/outdoor museum offering fall color trolley rides through September on Thursdays and Saturdays. Bring the kids for mini-golf themed fun in between exhibit exploration.
Your evening entertainment should most definitely include Moonlight Escape Rooms in downtown Chisholm. Try the Harry Potter-themed “Muggles and Mayhem,” or the underwater adventure, “Trident” weekends from the end of September to the first weekend of November.
If it’s outdoor adventure you crave, Lookout Mountain at the Laurentian Divide has hiking and mountain bike trails, but the newest trails in the area are up at Giants Ridge, and give mountain bikers a lift-served gravity ride and a lot more.
Maybe motorized is your thing, in which case we have the state’s best Off-Highway Vehicle Park. Jeeps, motorcycles, side-by-sides and more are welcome here.