Northern Minnesota Lodging Ideas


The lodging available in Northern Minnesota appeals to a wide variety of visitors.  The Iron Range holds and abundance of resorts, hotels, B&B, and campgrounds – all waiting for you to discover. What are you looking for? With all the Northern Minnesota lodging options, you can be sure that what you’re looking for can be found somewhere here on the Iron Range. Read more

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Tips for Planning a Minnesota Vacation


For most students, the countdown has officially begun – only 6 weeks left until school lets out for the year. For parents, another countdown has begun: narrowing down the ideas to plan a perfect Minnesota vacation for 2015.

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Have You Found the Perfect MN Golf Course?


The weather is warming up and the grass shoots are becoming visible at last.  With a shift in seasons and warmer temperatures arriving, many people are beginning to crave what is probably the most leisurely and enjoyable of summer activities: golf.

With golf balls and a new set of irons in hand, you are getting ready for this summer’s golfing season.  The question is: where are you going to go? Read more

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Four Wheeling in Minnesota


Spring is a relief to outdoor enthusiasts who are looking forward to the seasonal change from snowmobiling to four wheeling.  There are a ton of Minnesota ATV trails right here on the Iron Range that are regularly maintained and ready for your adventure. Read more

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Fishing in Northern Minnesota


Spring Fishing – Minnesota

Warmer temperatures and melting ice has gotten Iron Range sportsmen excited for spring fishing in Minnesota. The challenge is to have your plan in place for the Spring Fishing Opener, in the beginning of May. (Keep in mind that small and largemouth bass season opens two weeks later in areas South and West of Hwy 53, from Duluth to I-Falls.) Read more

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A Strong Finish at Giants Ridge


Take advantage of the lingering days of winter.

Take advantage of the giants ridge spring ski specials! The winter days are winding down to a close. Fortunately, there is still snow and cold weather enough to hit the slopes a few more times at one of the highest rated ski and snowboard destinations in the Midwest. With 35 downhill ski runs and 60 km of groomed trails for cross country skiing, this is a great place to spend the day. Read more

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6 Great Spring Events on the Iron Range


6 Great Iron Range Spring Events for the Family

As winter begins to fade, great events are popping up all over the Range. With warmer weather, the opportunity to get out of the house and attend a social event is readily taken advantage of.  Although there are a plethora of events worth attending, we narrowed it down to a small variety. Read more

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Visiting the MN Discovery Center

Located on Highway 169 in Chisholm, the Minnesota Discovery Center is a fabulous place for visitors of all ages. Open all year round, the Discovery Center offers a unique mix of history and modernity to educate and delight visitors.


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Snowmobile Trails from Town to Town, to Canada and back

WATCH: Why we love winter on the Range.

Watch and learn what winter’s all about on northeastern Minnesota’s Iron Range (spoiler alert: snowmobile trails and skiing). Thirty seconds isn’t really enough time to show it all, so this video only covers part of the story.


The state’s best snowmobile trails: find ’em on the Iron Range

The Iron Range is centrally located to more than 2,000 miles of Minnesota snowmobile trail, including the legendary Arrowhead state snowmobile trail and the Taconite state snowmobile  trail. Cruise through the Superior National Forest as you cover amazing terrain with all the straightaways, twist-n-turns, and hills-n-valleys you could want. Our groomers do the job right and keep the snowmobile trails in top shape. Just to make thing easy, for every Iron Range town, (that’s Hibbing, Chisholm, Mountain Iron, Buhl, Virginia, Eveleth, Gilbert, Biwabik, Aurora, Hoyt Lakes, Embarrass and Meadowlands), there’s a spur. Get in and out of dodge on well-groomed, easy-to-find trails. Make the most of trailside bars, restaurants and hotels and get the most fun out of your trip!

Snowmobile trails are only half of the story…

If you’re not a sledder, take a look at Giants Ridge Recreation Area, with top-notch ski school for all abilities, plus 35 alpine runs, two terrain parks, a tubing hill and play areas for the kids. Around the region, we’ve got hundreds of kilometers of nordic trails to try. Onsite resorts make it easy to get to the mountain, and if you’ve really got some skills, bring the trailer, too and hit the snowmobile trails from Giants Ridge Recreation Area. Go any direction for great terrain, scenery and winter fun. Get your winter trip info – including maps – today!

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Best Golf of the Season on the Range

On Minnesota’s Iron Range, golf courses are varied, numerous and among the top in the Midwest. And there’s no better time to experience the fun and challenging play of an Iron Range golf course than fall.


The Legend at Giants Ridge

Despite what’s commonly known about the Iron Range, this region, while steeped in mining tradition, is fully integrated into a landscape that includes the Superior National Forest, numerous lakes and rivers, and a great deal of reclaimed mineland.

And consider that while other courses around the region are baked from the summer heat, ours are hitting their prime. Days are cooler and the weather is perfect for a walk or ride around the links.

A long weekend or mid-week getaway means finding a place to stay then visiting up to seven “local” courses. All affordable, all entertaining.

Two of the top-rated courses are found at Giants Ridge Recreation Area in Biwabik. With awards and accolades galore, these courses seamlessly blend natural features with challenging design.


The Quarry at Giants Ridge

As the #4 public course in Minnesota according to Golf Digest Magazine, The Legend’s distinctive design is a marvel to all who set foot on her fairways. Younger sister to The Legend, The Quarry is sculpted in equal parts from tall timberland and reclaimed mine lands. In 2013 Golf Digest named it the top public course in the state and 20th in the nation. The Quarry recently made GOLF magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” the only entry from Minnesota to be included.

And if that’s not enticing enough, great fall rates, plus sweet lodging packages, should seal the deal.

Starting September 1, rates on either course drop to $62 on weekends and $52 Monday-Thursday. Includes cart. (Restrictions apply. Visit for details)

The Couples Fall Golf Getaway includes a two-night stay at the all-condominium property, The Lodge at Giants Ridge, plus two rounds of golf, a couple 60-minute massages, and range balls. (Again, restrictions may apply. Visit for details)

And, since winter’s coming, make the most of your perfect-season experience to play around. The stunners at Giants Ridge are just the beginning of the Iron Range golf course menu.  Consider including the Eveleth Muni on St.Mary’s Lake or the Golf Digest-rated Mesaba Country Club in Hibbing on your tour.

Great  golf and food await at Virginia Golf Course clubhouse, and the  character of the Hoyt Lakes course won’t disappoint. Hibbing’s muni is wide-open, perfect for a quick round before or after visiting some of the area’s historic sites and attractions.

Where to Stay: You’ll have a choice of historic bed and breakfasts, luxury guest accommodations, franchise hotels, resort villas or condos, mom-and-pop hotels or peaceful campgrounds. 

Where to Dine: Dine indoors our out at the Wacootah Grille overlooking Mine Lake  at Giants Ridge Recreation Area, or enjoy the view of the ski mountain at Giants Ridge from the deck or interior of The Lodge restaurant or pub. Don’t forget the WCCO-featured Vi’s Pizza in Biwabik, or the much-acclaimed Whistling Bird in Gilbert.

What to Do: Another great recreational activity in fall is bicycling. The paved Mesabi Trail bicycle path traverses 115 miles from Hoyt Lakes to Grand Rapids, with plenty of scenery and history in between. Rent bicycles, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards at the Rental Shop at Giants Ridge.  Through September, make the most of your Iron Range stay and visit a mineview, either Mineview in the Sky in Virginia, or Hull-Rust mineview in Hibbing. Dig into state and regional history at Minnesota Discovery Center, the Minnesota Museum of Mining (both in Chisholm), Gene Nicolelli Bus Origin Museum (Hibbing) and the US Hockey Hall of Fame Museum (Eveleth). 

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