Superior Wisconsin

Superior Wisconsin is located on the shores of Lake Superior, and just across the bay from Duluth, Minnesota. This is called the Duluth-Superior Twin Ports area that is one of the most important shipping ports on the Great Lakes. Even though it is the smaller of the two cities, Superior Wisconsin nonetheless has plenty of attractions that will make wonderful Superior vacations for people with all tastes and interests.

The Great Lake, the smaller inland lakes, and the nearby rivers are the most popular attractions in Superior providing river sports, fishing, and other outdoor recreation. One of the popular events that involves the twin cities is the Dragon Boat Festival held in August. Another of the lake-related attractions in Superior is the paved Osaugie Waterfront Trails that meanders past the busy harbor, and the sites that are important to the region's maritime history. Along the way, you can take advantage of tours of the Meteor—at 336 feet long, it is the only Great Lakes whaleback steamer still afloat. This is a National Historic Landmark, and it provides a fascinating insight into the region's maritime heritage. You can also continue on another trail to the historic Wisconsin Point Lighthouse built in 1913.

Other attractions in Superior include one of Wisconsin's state parks, Pattison, where you will find the highest waterfall in the state. The Black River runs through the park, and offers a natural hiking trail and a long superior beach for swimming. There is great fishing in the river and almost sixty camping sites. Some sites have electric hook ups, and flush toilets are available during the summer season. Also nearby is Amnicon State Park with similar attractions and facilities.

Most people on Superior vacations will visit the Fairlawn Mansion and Museum. Built by lumber and mining baron Martin Pattison, this 42-room mansion was built in Queen Anne Victorian-style in 1891. It is one of the important attractions in Superior and a city landmark. Another one of the interesting things to do is tour the Old Firehouse and Police Museum, founded in 1898 and housing a wonderful collection of fire fighting memorabilia and vehicles.

While there is no official Superior Beach in the city, the lakeshore is dotted with lovely secluded beaches. Head west along the lakeshore to the Bay Peninsula and discover your own, private Superior beach along with some charming little fishing villages. This is a very scenic route, with plenty of places to stop and admire the views. If you keep going, you will arrive at the gateway to the popular Apostle Islands, one of the most popular resort areas in the region. From the busy Superior port, you can take scenic cruises on the lake, viewing the many islands that are preserved as state parks.

Superior Wisconsin also has golfing venues and golf clubs that are accessible from the city as well as surrounding area. While you may think Superior vacations are best in the summer, you may be surprised at the number of year-round resorts and winter sports available. There is great ice fishing in this area, along with miles and miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. There is even a downhill ski resort. So don't discount this area any time of year.

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