Tourism, which includes the leisure and hospitality industries, represents a regional economic cluster that has become an essential piece of the economy. The industry has an economic impact of over $1 billion and contributes more than 20,000 jobs to the region. Spending exceeds half of a million dollars in wages, rents, and profits.

Simply put, the Northland is a destination with its extraordinary rivers and lakes, its hotel and bed & breakfast operations, and its food services and drinking establishments. Recreation is magnificent with spectator sports, canoeing, paddleboarding, bicycling, hunting, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, ice falls climbing, snowmobiling, and cross-country and downhill skiing.
Whether it’s the North Shore of Minnesota or the South Shore of Wisconsin, tourists gather to watch the beautiful waters of Lake Superior. Smaller lakes dot the landscape beyond, and the region includes Voyageurs National Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and 20 Minnesota and Wisconsin state parks. The region boasts a thriving arts scene in cities such as Duluth and Grand Marais, and festivals across the Northland celebrate its distinct heritage and local treasures.

Tourism Outlets:

Barkers Island - Superior

Bayfront Blues Festival - Duluth

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Canal Park - Duluth

Cook County Events and Visitors Bureau

Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra - Duluth

Fitgers Brewery Complex - Duluth

Forest History Center - Grand Rapids

Giants Ridge - Biwabik

Glensheen Historic Congdon Estate - Duluth

Grandma's Marathon - Two Harbors to Duluth

Great Lakes Aquarium - Duluth

Hartley Nature Center - Duluth

Hill Annex Mine State Park - Bigfork

International Wolf Center - Ely

Iron Range Tourism Bureau - Eveleth

Jay Cooke State Park - Carlton

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon - Minnesota's North Shore

Kettle Falls Hotel - Kettle Falls

Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival - Superior

Lake Superior Zoo - Duluth

Lutsen Mountains - Lutsen

Mesabi Trail

Minnesota Ballet - Duluth

Minnesota Discovery Center - Chisholm

North American Bear Center - Ely

North Shore State Trail

North Shore

NorthShore Inline Marathon - Two Harbors to Duluth

Northern Lights Music Festival - Minnesota's Iron Range

Paulucci Space Theater - Hibbing

Soudan Underground Mine State Park - Soudan

Spirit Mountain - Duluth

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park - north of Two Harbors

Superior National Forest

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame - Eveleth

Visit Duluth - Duluth

Visit Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids

Voyageurs National Park

Willard Munger State Trail