People will ask, so what is the best way to visit Lake Superior? There really is only one answer: It's best to travel in circles ... or rather,


touching all four shores along the three states and one province that create the Big Lake neighborhood.

It's been a long time coming, but these four shores now identify with the whole Lake Superior watershed. That wasn't always the case. Back in 1994, Lake Superior Magazine published the first map to include the land features and highways around all of the lake. Before that, you needed a separate map for Minnesota, Ontario, Michigan, and Wisconsin. 

Today, that map is part of our annual Lake Superior Travel Guide tracking along the 1,300 or so miles of the Circle Tour. More than 5.25 million copies of a free version have been distributed and we have a Circle Tour quick-look map, too (seen here). That travel guide was first published in 1988 due to customer demand and there's also now a book, Lake Superior, the Ultimate Guide to the Region

Lake Superior Magazine has gladly become the "Lake Superior Circle Tour HQ," and they're darn glad for it; they even set up a selfie-site in their Duluth outlet store and started the Lake Superior Circle Tour Club. (When you complete your circle, join for free to receive a Circle Tour Club logo cling, a certificate of circular achievement, and the chance to share travel tips on their website.)

There's no question more people want to circle the Big Lake by car, RV, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, and other favored transportation. (One retired couple walked around and wrote a book.) Whatever the mode, you must allow time for rock picking, tour-boat cruising, big boat watching, food sampling, attraction visiting, museum hopping, and just meeting friendly local folk. 

Don't forget your passport (or other proper border-crossing ID) and your camera. You'd better bring an extra camera card, too; you'll be taking lots and lots of photos.