Below are some great places to check out on your way to Northern Tier. For more information please refer to the following.
• Explore Minnesota 800.657.3700 – www.exploreminnesota.com
• Ely Chamber of Commerce 800.777.7281 – www.ely.org
• Iron Trail Visitors Bureau 800.777.8497 – www.irontrail.org
• International Wolf Center 1396 Highway 169 Ely, MN, 55731; 218.365.4695; www.wolf.org. You’ll find adventure, education, and fun at the center. Visit the resident wolf exhibit, wolf Den store, research expeditions and wolf weekends, and award winning exhibits. See 6000 square feet of fur and teeth, reality and lore about the fascinating age-old dance between wolves and humans.
• North American Bear Center, 1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731; Phone: 218.365.7879; www.bear.org. You’ll be entering Black Bear country in Ely. Here’s an opportunity to learn about the black bear, see several resident bears in a natural forest setting, view dozens of interactive videos and exhibits, and forage through the Bear Necessities Gift Shop.
• Dorothy Molter Museum, 2002 East Sheridan Street, Ely, MN, 55731; 218.365.4451; www.rootbeerlady.com. Dorothy Molter was known as the “Root Beer Lady.” She lived on the Isle of Pines on Knife Lake along the Minnesota-Ontario border from 1930 to 1986. Her wilderness home, memorabilia, and other personal items are here to be looked upon with fascination, respect, and wonder. Dorothy’s homestead was dismantled in 1987 and transported by dogsled and snowmobile to Moose Lake, and then on to Ely.
• Vermilion Interpretive Center, 1900 E. Camp Street, Ely, MN 55731. Depicts local history through photographs, oral histories, artifacts, and displays. Located at Vermilion Community College. www.vcc.edu
• Soudan Underground Mine Soudan, MN; Phone: 218.753.2245. Tower Soudan State Park offers visitors the opportunity to see Minnesota’s deepest and America’s first iron ore mine as it appeared when it closed in 1963. A three-minute elevator cage trip down to the 27th level, 2400 feet below the surface of the earth, begins your tour of Soudan Mine. You will tour some of the several miles of underground tunnels, escorted by an experienced miner. www.dnr.state.mn.us
• United States Hockey Hall of Fame 801 Hat Trick Avenue Eveleth, MN 55734, 218.744.5167 www.ushockeyhall.com. A mecca for hockey fans through-out the nation. The Hockey Hall of Fame pays tribute to a sport which has its American roots on the Iron Range. The displays include literature, photos, equipment, cups, and memorabilia from the world of hockey at virtually every level.
• The American Bear Association, Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, County Road 514, Orr, MN; 218.757.0172; www.americanbear.org. The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary operated by the American Bear Association in Orr, Minnesota is often described as the best place to see wild black bears in their natural habitat, and for good reason. From our expanded viewing deck visitors can learn about black bears by observing their natural behavior.
• Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, Hwy 129; 800.372.6437; www.mndiscoverycenter.com. The museum, research center and Heritage Park proudly showcase northeast Minnesota’s Iron Range. Board the historic trolley for a 2.5 mile ride on the Mesabi Railway to the site of the former mining community called Glen Location. A glimpse of life into this early mining community has been recreated with 1903-1915 historic depot and boarding houses. During the ride, view Glen-Godfrey iron mine.
• The Depot, 506 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802; 218.727.8025; www.duluthdepot.org. The old Union Depot now houses eight organizations, including the fascinating A.M. Chisholm Museum, a spectacular train museum, and a recreated turn-of-the-century Duluth ST.
• Lake Superior Zoological Garden, Grand Avenue at 72nd Avenue West; www.lszoo.org. More than 500 animals from around the world, plus a Children’s Zoo providing direct contact with many exotic animals.
• Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive on the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth, MN; 218.740.3574; www.glaquarium.org. The Great Lakes Aquarium is America’s only all-freshwater aquarium and interactive science center.
• Marine Museum and Canal Park, located at the foot of Canal Park Drive; 218.727.2497; www.lsmma.com. Duluth’s most popular waterfront attraction, the Canal Park Marine Museum is open year round, a free service of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Film shows, model ships, exhibits featuring the commercial shipping of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior harbor. At Canal Park, you’re within yards of giant lake carriers and foreign vessels as they pass under the Aerial Life Bridge and into the harbor.
• S/S William A. Irvin, Canal Park; www.decc.org. The flagship of US Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet, the Irvin is now permanently berthed alongside the Duluth Arena-Auditorium. Her rich staterooms and gleaming guest quarters were once used to entertain VIPs as “thanks” for past and future business. The elegant Irvin has been brought back to life as a floating museum.
Pine City, Minnesota
• Northwest Company Fur Post, Voyageur LN Pine City, MN 55063; 320.629.6356; www.mnhs.org. You can experience life at a fur post and Indian encampment from nearly 200 years ago. Costumed history interpreters demonstrate pelt handling, cooking, and other tasks of post and Ojibwe life.