Iron Range Vacation Planning Guide

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• GETTING HERE • we’re closer than you think

Duluth, MN . . . . . . 64 miles . . . . . . 1:12 drive time Minneapolis, MN . . . 196 miles . . . . . 3:00 drive time Chicago, IL . . . . . . 532 miles . . . . . 8:00 drive time Des Moines, IA . . . . 438 miles . . . . . 6:30 drive time Winnipeg, MB . . . . . 326 miles . . . . . 3:45 drive time

A H E The land here is magnetic. Beneath our rolling A D hills and towering pines is a band of iron that binds our communities together as one. Our communities are well known for our rich mining heritage and unique history, but dig a little deeper and you’ll quickly learn how our love for the outdoors has paved the path for some of the area’s best—and most unique—outdoor recreation opportunities.

We have some of the area’s best mountain bike trails and golf courses, a world-class ATV park and miles of trails for skis, sleds and so much more! Small mining locations have grown to charming towns, all connected via the state’s largest paved bike trail system, the Mesabi Trail. Within each community, you’ll find a unique glimpse into the historic economic drivers in the area—logging and mining—as well as have the opportunity to taste old-world recipes handed down from generation to generation. The Mesabi Iron Range is the place for family and friends to make memories that will last a lifetime.

111 Station 44 Road, Eveleth, MN 55734  |  218-749-8161  |  ironrange.org


AREA ATTRACTIONS Big Stick & Puck: Eveleth The world’s largest hockey stick is 107 feet long and weighs more than three tons. A giant rubber puck rests nearby. The structures are located within Hockey Plaza, where displays depict the history of hockey in Eveleth.

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 View of Tom Rukavina Memorial Bridge from Bridge View Park

Grant Street Finnish Heritage Homestead Tour: Embarrass B’nai Abraham Heritage and Cultural Center: Virginia For over 80 years, the B’nai Abraham Synagogue was one of four Jewish synagogues operating on the Iron Range, and the last to shutter its doors. Summer operations include temporary exhibits, programs and musical events. 328 Fifth Street South ironrangejewishheritage.org Tom Rukavina Memorial Bridge & Bridge View Park: Virginia The Tom Rukavina Memorial Bridge is a 200’ tall bridge that spans the historic Rouchleau group of mines. Mining in this area ceased in the mid 1970s and the three-mile wide canyon that remains has filled with groundwater. The bridge is open to motorized vehicles as well as pedestrian and cyclists. From Bridge View Park, you can see this amazing structure from a distance and learn about the construction of the bridge itself. Follow the Mesabi Trail from East Chestnut Street

Situated in the Embarrass River Valley, the town of the same name attracted Finnish immigrants at the turn of the last century, possibly due to a similar climate and landscape. Visit restored homesteads, log buildings and the Nelimark Home Museum in this guided tour. Find more information online by visiting embarrass.org. Finntown Overlook: Virginia Walk through a 50-foot caged safety bridge into the historic Rouchleau group of mines. This group of mines began as underground shafts, producing over 300 million gross tons of iron ore before closing in the mid-1970s. What remains is a scenic canyon that is nearly three miles long, a half-mile wide and 450 feet deep. Access at the east end of Third Street in Virginia. Greyhound Bus Museum: Hibbing Travel back in time to the year 1914 and meet the men and machines that created the Greyhound Lines. The Greyhound Bus Museum features a fine collection of artifacts, memorabilia and more. 1201 Greyhound Boulevard greyhoundbusmuseum.org

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AREA ATTRACTIONS Greens on Foreteenth: Virginia

BIG ADVENTURES

Get in a round of mini golf on this newly-built 18-hole course in Virginia. The course is ADA accessible and features unique landscaping and a spectacular waterfall in the center that streams down to a pond and fountain

 Hull-Rust Mahoning Mineview, Hibbing

110 South 14th Avenue West Inclusive Community Playground: Hibbing A great place for kids (and adults) of all ages and all abilities to play, Hibbing’s Inclusive Community Playground has plenty of accessible equipment to keep your family entertained. Complete with standard swings and slides plus sensory-rich equipment like a roller table, a friendship swing and a We-Go-Round. 323 East 37th Street

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Iron Ore Miner Statue: Chisholm

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Perhaps our most famous miner can be found in an 81-foot tall tribute to the men who built the Mesabi Iron Range. The 26-foot-tall Iron Ore Miner Statue stands atop a structure representing the “emergence of man through steel.” Based on an 1880s miner, Iron Man was dedicated in 1987 to the Mesabi, Vermilion, Cuyuna and Gogebic iron ranges. His looming presence makes for a great photo-op! Iron Man is located on Highway 169 in Chisholm. Parking is available.

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Hibbing was founded in 1893. Nearly 30 years later, miners discovered the richest deposits of iron ore right beneath the town. To be able to mine it, the entire town—buildings and all—moved south to the city’s present location. In the ensuing years, visitors and locals have enjoyed watching mining operations from the historic Hull-Rust Mahoning Mineview located near what remains of North Hibbing. In 2017, history repeated itself and the Mineview had to move south to allow for further mining operations. Re-opened in 2019, the Hull-Rust Mahoning Mineview is bigger and better than ever. Enjoy sweeping views of the City of Hibbing and catch a glimpse two-story haul trucks, supersized electric shovels, and more mining operations at Hibbing Taconite. The mining pit is an expansive 8.1 miles long and three miles wide and is one of the world’s largest open pit mines. Kids enjoy climbing on mining equipment in the park area, as well as shopping in the gift store located in the visitors’ center. Friendly volunteers answer questions and point out what’s happening across the mine. Open daily mid-May through September. It’s a must-see when you’re on the Mesabi Iron Range. Hull Rust Mineview: 611 McKinley Street Hibbing Tourist Center: 1202 East Howard Street hibbingmineview.org

 Iron VISITORS Man, Chisholm  Hull-Rust Mahoning Mineview, Hibbing IRON RANGE TOURISM BUREAU | OFFICIAL GUIDE | ironrange.org


Honk the Moose: Biwabik The classic children’s tale, “Honk the Moose,” was based on a real-life story about a moose who came to a small northern Minnesota town, and the boys who befriended him. Now a statue in the heart of Biwabik, “Honk” welcomes photos year-round. Find him in the Biwabik City Park and pick up the book from your favorite bookseller, or on Amazon.

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Hibbing Historical Society: Hibbing The city of Hibbing is known as “the town that moved.” Why? Because the city’s founders discovered rich iron ore deposits directly under the city’s center. Discover exactly how Hibbing earned its reputation with a firsthand look at exhibits that highlight Hibbing throughout the years, including an “old Hibbing” display. Hibbing Memorial Building, 400 East 23rd Street hibbinghistory.org

 Hibbing High School Hibbing High School: Hibbing You’ll never find another high school like Hibbing High School. Built in the early 1920s for the exorbitant price of $4 million (that adjusts to over $50 million today), no expense was spared when building this “castle in the woods.” Featuring hand-crafted, molded ceilings throughout the main level and cut-glass chandeliers in the auditorium, this school will have you transfixed the moment you ascend the marble staircases. Tours offered by appointment June through August on Tuesdays and Fridays from noon - 3:00 p.m. Please call 218-749-8161 time to schedule a tour. 800 East 21st Street

 Leonidas Overlook, Eveleth Leonidas Overlook: Eveleth Feast your eyes on this 15-mile panorama of the Mesabi Iron Range. You’ll see some of the most unique geographic features of the area, including active and historical mining locations and the Laurentian Divide, where water flows in multiple directions.

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Some of our attractions have seasonal hours. Visit our ironrange.org for updated hours, specials, and more.

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AREA ATTRACTIONS Longyear Drill Site: Hoyt Lakes

Olcott Park Greenhouse and Botanical Garden: Virginia

Make a quick stop for a short nature hike to the first site of diamond drilling on the Iron Range. Hoyt Lake’s revolutionary diamond drill was invented by E.J. Longyear in the 1880’s to bore through hard rock during mineral exploration. Located three miles north of Hoyt Lakes on County Road 110.

Enjoy the warmth of the tropics year-round at this historic greenhouse, once part of the greater Olcott Park complex in Virginia. Built in the 1920s and 1930s, the Greenhouse is home to a botanical garden containing hundreds of plants ranging from small cacti to large tropical palms.

Minnesota Museum of Mining: Chisholm

Olcott Park, 711 Ninth Avenue West  •  virginiamn.us

Delve into the area’s rich iron ore mining history. Kids (and adults) can climb on historic mining trucks, steam shovel, restored locomotive and a drill. Tour a replica underground mine and explore exhibits dedicated to Chisholm’s early days.

Olcott Park Fountain With surges of water that shoot 30’ in the air and highlighted by vibrant colors, the Olcott Park Fountain is a sight to behold. Built by Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers and first powered on in 1937, the newly- restored fountain is a bit of old-world splendor that all enjoy.

701 West Lake Street  •  mnmuseumofmining.org Mountain Iron Park: Mountain Iron A must-stop for all train enthusiasts! The Mountain Iron Park features a Baldwin 1910 steam locomotive, and is situated near the reclaimed Mountain Iron Mine, where iron ore was first discovered. Like an open-air museum, outdoor display panels depict the mining process. Picnic area onsite. AREA ATTRACTIONS

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Virginia Heritage Museum: Virginia selfie STOP

Nestled on the edge of Olcott Park in the heart of Virginia, this museum experience includes a trio of historic buildings from the city’s early days: the park superintendent’s residence, a Finnish log house, and a tourist cabin alongside the main museum building. Olcott Park, 800 North 9th Avenue West virginiamnhistory.com

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 Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm Minnesota Discovery Center: Chisholm Minnesota’s museum of the Iron Range features the land, the people and the mines of the region through enlightening indoor and outdoor exhibits and events. Ride a vintage trolley to a mining ghost town, and play mini-golf on the mining-themed course. This 660-acre facility features permanent and traveling exhibits that explore the history, culture and geology of this region. Learn about Native Americans, European immigrants, mining strikes, and much more. Sample traditional and innovative dishes at The Rustic Pig, the on-site restaurant, and find one-of-a-kind items at the gift shop. Explore your past at the Iron Range Research Center, a library that holds genealogical clues and much more. Minnesota Discovery Center is also home to the RedHead Mountain Bike Park and more than 15 miles of spectacular trails. Find access to the paved Mesabi Trail here, and look for Minnesota Discovery Center’s food truck, The Piglet, in the parking area. 1005 Discovery Drive  •  mndiscoverycenter.com

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AREA ATTRACTIONS Nelimark Homestead Museum & Gift Store: Embarrass

Splash Pad: Hibbing & Aurora

Many Iron Range settlers immigrated from Finland, bringing with them their “old country ways and language.” Experience life as an early Iron Range settler at the Nelimark Museum. Here, you’ll find a cluster of historical buildings, a 2.5-mile paved walking trail, and plenty of Finnish-American stories (some may be told in Finnish!).

Cool off on a hot summer day with a trip thorough one or both of the Mesabi Iron Range’s splash-pads. These two city-run, accessible, kid-friendly spaces are sure to elicit smiles and giggles from your whole group. Bennett Park: 520 East 13th Street, Hibbing Pine Grove Park: North 5th Street West, Aurora

4839 Salo Road  •  embarrass.org/heritage-homestead-tours

Wellstone Memorial: Eveleth

Paulucci Space Theater: Hibbing Launch into outer space in Minnesota’s largest dome planetarium. With an all-new 4K digital full dome projector and new shows introduced frequently, trips to the Paulucci Space Theater never get old.

A serene, six-acre site near Eveleth memorializes former United States Senator Paul Wellstone and seven others who died in a plane crash there on October 25, 2002. Find several interpretive markers as you follow a trail to the “commemorative circle.”

1502 East 23rd Street hibbing.edu/campus-services/paulucci-space-theater

7343 Bodas Road Wirtanen Pioneer Farm: Makinen

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Skibo Vista: Hoyt Lakes

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Take in sweeping 30-mile views of the conifers and hardwoods found within the Superior National Forest from this overlook. Watch for soaring eagles and migrating hawks, and if you visit in the fall, the changing colors are breathtaking. This newly-enhanced scenic viewpoint can be found on the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway east of Hoyt Lakes.

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Originally homesteaded in 1904 by Iron Range pioneer, Eli Wirtanen, this 40-acre farm has been lovingly restored over many years and is now a showcase for pioneer life in the region. The house, with its hand-hewn pine logs and dovetailed joints is a fine example of Finnish log construction. The farm is not staffed, visitors can take a self-guided tour. 5312 Markham Road

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 Iron Range Veterans Memorial, Virginia  U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, Eveleth Veterans Memorial: Chisholm U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum: Eveleth A nationally-acclaimed tribute to ice hockey, the world’s favorite coldweather sport. This museum honors hockey’s history by showcasing all levels of the sport. Entertaining displays and memorabilia give visitors the opportunity to experience thrilling game action and inspiring achievements of all those involved in the game of hockey. This is a must-visit for any hockey fan! 801 Hat Trick Avenue  •  ushockeyhall.com

A little further on

DOWN THE ROAD Looking for some more unique adventures nearby? Make sure to visit the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in Soudan, Heritage Museum at Fortune Bay in Tower, and the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids. And don’t miss the Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary near Orr!

This display of United States, Minnesota, Missing in Action, and the eight uniformed federal services flags is flanked by an M-60 A3 Tank, VH1 Helicopter and an F-94 C Jet Aircraft and anchor. The Iron Range Veterans Memorial was a project by Press-Lloyd American Legion Post #247, and is located near the Minnesota Discovery Center admissions building in Chisholm. Located on Highway 169 in Chisholm, near the Iron Man statue. Iron Range Veterans Memorial: Virginia This stunning sculpture created by local artist Gareth Andrews is a nine-ton bronze work of art that features nine life-sized figures representing all the wars from World War One to the Persian Gulf. This statue was commissioned to honor all veterans from the Iron Range area of Northeastern Minnesota. Located on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Second Street North in City Central Park in Virginia.

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AREA ATTRACTIONS DESTINATION DYLAN DRIVE HIBBING, MN In 1947, the Zimmerman family moved from Duluth to Hibbing. Dylan’s Dad, Abe, went to work as an appliance salesman at the family-owned Micka Electric while his mom Beatty worked as a sales clerk at Feldman’s clothing store on Howard Street. They raised two boys in a quiet corner house on Seventh Avenue East. Their youngest son, Bobby grew up playing ball in the streets with his buddies, listening to music on the AM radio from far-flung locations, and developed an affinity for motorcycles and music.

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A few years after graduating from Hibbing High School in 1959, Bob Zimmerman changed his name to Bob Dylan and went on to be one of the most recognizable and notable singer-songwriters of all time.

 Bob Dylan’s childhood home, Hibbing Bob Dylan Collection: Hibbing Inside the Hibbing Public Library, you’ll find a carefully-curated room full of various Bob Dylan ephemera, including items from his childhood home, high school yearbooks and many photos and documents. Open during library hours, must check in at the library front desk. Hibbing Public Library, 2020 East Fifth Avenue

Bob Dylan’s Childhood Home: Hibbing

Hibbing Dylan Project: Hibbing

Legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan was raised in Hibbing. He grew up in a stucco house on Seventh Avenue East (renamed Bob Dylan Drive) and walked two blocks to the historic Hibbing High School from sixth grade until he graduated in 1959. This private residential home has been lovingly repainted and restored to look as it did in the days when the Zimmermans owned it. The homeowner doesn’t mind cameras from the sidewalk, but please be respectful. Zimmerman’s former home is located at 2425 Seventh Avenue East

Built in 2021 to honor Bob Dylan for receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature, this public work of art is designed to inspire future artists, singers and songwriters. Sit a spell and experience Dylan’s lyrics in a whole new way. West Side of Hibbing High School, Bob Dylan Drive

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 Virginia Mural Project, Virginia

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It shouldn’t come as any surprise to find out that the arts are alive and well across the Mesabi Iron Range. Bob Dylan was raised in Hibbing and has spoken fondly of how his connection to the land has inspired him as a musician and visual artist. Looking for live music? Find it at many of our bars and restaurants, including acoustic brunches and Saturday afternoon sing-a-longs. Evenings in the summer bring the music outdoors, at Chisholm’s Pocket Park, City Park in Biwabik, and Olcott Park in Virginia. You’ll hear country, rock, folk and even a city band performance. Pining for something classical? The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra offers performances throughout the year, and the annual Northern Lights Music Festival brings together acclaimed musicians and students from around the world to produce and perform a full-length opera and numerous ensembles in communities around the region. The Arrowhead Concert Association, and the Mesabi Concert Association work together to bring national and international touring artists to the region. Mesabi Musical Theater, Northern Stageworks, and Small Parts Players keep it local, with performing arts for all ages.  Pocket Park, Chisholm

It’s easy to find unique art crafted by local artists, too. From utility boxes in Hibbing to our own Art of the Community installations across the Mesabi Iron Range, discover art in every town! While in Virginia, make sure to find all the murals of the Virginia Mural Project and download your map of the Virginia Public Art tour from ironrange.org. Want to bring art home with you? Visit the First Stage Gallery located within the Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia, or SoHo Arts and the Borealis Art Guild, both in Hibbing.

 Mines & Pines Revisited, Hibbing Celebrate art, commerce and community in downtown Virginia and the surrounding cities with first Thursdays QC. In the summer months, take in the flavors and unique arts and crafts at our favorite summer festivals—Land of the Loon in Virginia and Mines & Pines Revisited in Hibbing. Both offer lots of quality hand made items with plenty of local food vendors to satisfy your cravings.

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TRAILS for everyone

Thousands of miles of trails cut across the Mesabi Iron Range, allowing you to explore the natural beauty of the area from whatever mode of transportation you choose. Whether you prefer hiking boots or horse shoes, two wheels or four, skis or sleds, we have a trail for you.

We have maps! Get yours online at ironrange.org when you see this compass

 We have thousands of miles of uninterrupted trail riding in the winter

Snowmobiling  

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Northern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range makes a great hub to explore points east, west, north and south from sun-up to sundown. Well-groomed and signed, our trails get you away from traffic and out into the woods. Naturally, all trails lead back to comfortable lodging you can afford, with bars and restaurants close at hand.

Visit ironrange.org for up-to-date trail conditions. Check with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for snowmobile rules and regulations

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Birding   The Sax-Zim Bog is an international destination for birders, particularly in winter, when great gray owls, boreal chickadees, snowy owls and other migratory birds can be spotted along the gravel roads or snowshoe trails. Naturalist-guided activities offered year-round. Learn more saxzim.org Curling It’s only natural that the area that forms Olympic hockey players, is also home to Olympic curlers. Around here, there are plenty of places for long-time curling enthusiasts and newcomers to meet up for a match. Many local curling clubs offer practice nights, “learn to curl” events, bonspiels (team competitions) and more. Spectators are always welcome. Hockey Folks on the Mesabi Iron Range take their hockey games pretty seriously. It should come as no surprise that frozen sheets of ice can be found outdoors in all the communities across the Range. Feeling like playing a game of pick-up Hockey or just some skating around? Rent some skates at Range Sports and visit ironrange.org to find a sheet of ice near you.

 Carey Lake, Hibbing Fat Tire Biking   Fat tire biking is one of the hottest winter sports and there are plenty of trails to explore across the Mesabi Iron Range, including Redhead, Carey Lake in Hibbing. At Giants Ridge near Biwabik, you’ll find lift-served downhill fat tire biking in the winter along with XC fat tire biking. Nordic Skiing   Winter is the best time to explore any of the area’s 275 kilometers of Nordic ski trails. Find groomed trail systems at the Laurentian Divide, nine-plus miles at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, and the Carey Lake Trail system in Hibbing, The trails present a variety of challenges for skiers of all abilities. Snow Shoeing The Iron Range is a great snowshoeing getaway! Giants Ridge offers five beautiful trails, and a dozen cross-country ski trail systems in the area are open to snowshoers. Plus you can explore Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm by snowshoe.

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RECREATION Mountain Bike   Find world-class MTB trails, right here on the Mesabi Iron Range. From eight purpose-built, lift-served gravity trails at Giants Ridge, to the stunning terrain of 25 miles at the RedHead Mountain Bike Park in Chisholm, the Mesabi is an up-and-coming mountain bike destination like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. These systems are the crown jewels of the region. Find smaller systems online at Maple Hill Park in Hibbing and the Laurentian Divide north of Virginia.

Travel light and hang out with the locals when you choose to adventure Mesabi. Mesabi Outdoor Adventures is a group of volunteers that offers frequent day, overnight and moonlight outings and can supply gear when you join the group. Learn more at mesabioutdooradventures.org

150 Miles of red dirt mountain bike heaven

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Rent kayaks, SUP, canoes and MTBs at Minnesota Discovery center and get out and enjoy all that the Redhead has to offer.

 Giants Ridge, Biwabik ridetherange.com

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Mesabi Trail  During the summer months, there’s no better way to discover the unique character of each of the Mesabi Iron Range’s communities than by bicycling. Bike from town-to-town via the state’s largest and most scenic paved trail system, the Mesabi Trail. Park and ride from any of the trail’s convenient trailheads. From the Mississippi River in the west to the Boundary Waters in the east, the Mesabi Trail crosses bogs, forests and minelands in a 135-mile journey that is challenging, rewarding and inspiring. No bike? No problem. Bike rental and wheel passes are available in Hibbing at Bikes on Howard, and in Biwabik at Giants Ridge. Take advantage of the shuttle service and you can explore different legs of the trail at your leisure.

 The Mesabi Trail

mesabitrail.com Hiking   The Mesabi Iron Range has a number of trail systems —some rich with economic history and mine views, and others rich with untouched natural beauty. Whether you are looking for a trail close to town or one far from the nearest highway, an easy walking trail with your family or a challenging hike with a friend- there is something for everyone. Fall Color Tour   Anytime is a good time to cruise the Iron Range, either by car or motorcycle, but the autumn colors can’t be beat. The fall colors usually peak mid-September to early October, but timing does vary. Request your fall color tour guide and get up-to-date fall color information on our website

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RECREATION Disc golf There’s no shortage of disc golf on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Find interesting courses from one end of the Mesabi to the other, plus most of these courses are used year-round, so don’t let a little snow scare you off! Horseback Riding One of the best ways to experience the scenic beauty of the Iron Range is to explore the many miles of horseback riding trails. Ride a leafy path strewn with autumn colors through one of Minnesota’s well-preserved state parks! Motorcycle  

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All across the Mesabi Iron Range, we’ve got motorcycle-friendly hotels (ask for a free kickstand pad!), bike nights at local restaurants, and a whole lot of scenery and history.

All Terrain and Off-Highway Vehicles   You don’t need a car to explore the Mesabi Iron Range—we have hundreds of miles of off-road trails, plus the state’s only Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area that welcomes ATVs, OHVs and dirt bikes. You’ll find miles of trails over and around rocky hills, woods, mud-holes and more. Connect to club trails like The Ranger, or Quad Cities right from the park, and visit the Northern Traxx Trails in the Chisholm area, too. In Eveleth, Mesabi Mountain is a Jeeper’s paradise, and there are numerous forest service roads to explore. Tear it up in the scramble areas, try the hill climb, go crazy! It’s a playground for you and your toys – and it’s open year round.

 Downtown Chisholm

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 The Legend at Giants Ridge

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ALL-WEATHER FUN adventure starters 35 downhill ski runs Terrain park 60 km Nordic ski trails Snowshoe trails Tubing park Fat tire biking Learn to ski The Legend golf course The Quarry golf course Climbing wall Mountain bike trails Lakes Fine dining on-site Disc golf course Hiking

Unplug and reconnect with your family at Giants Ridge, the number-one-rated family vacation destination in Minnesota. Located in the heart of Minnesota’s unspoiled Superior National Forest of the Mesabi Iron Range, Giants Ridge offers incredible four-season fun and adventure for every level of outdoor enthusiast. Find world-class golf, excellent single-track mountain bike trails and the largest lift-served mountain bike park in the Midwest. The paved Mesabi Trail biking trails connect you to communities across the Mesabi Iron Range, right from Giants Ridge. Guests of all ages love to reach new heights on our outdoor climbing wall and kids love our convenient children’s play area. Take it all in with our scenic chairlift rides and then roam miles and miles of natural hiking trails, and play a round of disc golf on our 18-hole disc golf course. Things heat up when the snow starts falling at Giants Ridge! During winter, you’ll find the area’s best alpine skiing and snowboarding plus immaculately-groomed downhill + cross country trails for fat tire biking and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Visit giantsridge.com for special offers, fun-filled events, world-class recreation and more.

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SUP/Kayak/Lake Fun  

 The Legend at Giants Ridge Golf

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From Hibbing to Hoyt Lakes, the Iron Range has a smorgasbord of fun and challenging golf courses. These scenic and solid courses are family-friendly, with rates you can afford. You’ll find a pair of the nation’s finer course at Giants Ridge: The Legend and the Quarry. Eshquaguma Country Club, Gilbert • 9 holes, par 36 • 3200 yards

Mesaba Country Club, Hibbing • 18 holes, par 72 • 6753 yards

Eveleth Golf Course • 9 holes, par 36 • 3162 yards

The Quarry at Giants Ridge • 18 holes, par 72 • 7201 yards

Hibbing Municipal Golf Course • 9 holes, par 34 • 2657 yards

Virginia Golf Course • 18 holes, par 71 • 6228 yards

Hoyt Lakes Golf Course • 9 holes, par 36 • 3253 yards

Wilderness Golf Course at Fortune Bay • 18 holes, par 72 • 7207 yards

The Legend at Giants Ridge • 18 holes, par 72 • 6930 yards

There are plenty of lakes to explore by SUP, Kayak or canoe, but perhaps the most memorable, and unique experience will be to explore the pit at Redhead on a canoe, kayak or SUP. Equipment rental available through Minnesota Discovery Center. When it comes to lakes, Minnesota is known for its quantity and the Mesabi Iron Range is known for its quality. The Iron Range is home to some little gems: lakes that are small, friendly, accessible, and offer great amenities like campgrounds, beaches, trails and some amazing fishing. Scuba Diving The Iron Range’s lakes and abandoned mine pits are bound to give you a memorable experience when you dive in to see the beauty that lies below the water’s surface. Watch small perch and bluegills and large northern and lake trout swim around you. Turtles are plentiful and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a diving loon!

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BRING IT ALL BACK HOME

REFRESH

Around here, you’ll find mining trucks with big boxes, but not very many big box stores. Instead, you’ll find plenty of indie shops that carry a variety of carefully-curated wares. Bring home some genuine Iron Range souvenirs! Stop by Casey Drug or the Miner’s Daughter Gift shop in Chisholm for fun stickers, unique gifts and natural products. Find women’s clothing boutiques like moxie or Amazing Grace, and something for the guys at Benders. And for unique housewares, you must stop at the Silver Birch Gift Shop in Hibbing. Top off your day of shopping with a sweet treat from Canelakes Candy in downtown Virginia. Souvenir stops like Iron Range Apparel, First Stage Gallery, Jon’s Drug, Kunnari’s Farm Market, and Pine Grove Gallery, are just a few more shopping spots to check out.

No matter your adventure, you’ll want to relive it at the day’s end over a great meal with your crew. You’ll enjoy hearty fare at any of our local restaurants, and if you’re looking for craft beer, we’ve got it! Find yourself at Boomtown Brewery in downtown Hibbing or at Boomtown Woodfire in Eveleth. Looking for more Mesabi Iron Range originals? Foodies should check out our restaurant guide Canelake’s Candy Pizza The Freeze fort the708 ultimate listing ofDave great Iron Range 414 Chestnut Stree ’s Pizza Ninth Street North Virginia • 218-741-15 Snickers Pizza 57 201 Third Street South Virginia • 218-741-26 65 (Three locations) eateries like locally made pasta at Sunrise Virgin ia Chinese 212 Grant Avenue 218-741-DAVE (3283) Bach Yen Eveleth • 218-744-5 909 BakeryJue’sin specialty meats at RestaHibbing, Poor Gary’s Pizza urant & Lounge 2510 First Avenue 427 Chestnut Street 312 Chestnut Street (Two locations) Hibbing • 218-263-36 Virginia • 218-741-82 47 32 Virginia Sausage 420 Fayal Road • 218-741-7695 Koshar’s Kitchen in Gilbert, and 222 West Lake Street Eveleth • 218-744-5 Jamaican Chisholm • 218-254-23 508 17 215 Main Whistling Bird all manner of locally grown Sammy’s and made items Pizza Biwabik • 218-8 65-7036 101 Broadway 106 East Howard Stree t Rudi’s Pizza (cash only) Gilbert • 218-741-50 Hibbing • 218-263-75 30 74 at farmers markets in Hibbing, 710 East Howard StreeVirginia t Vi’s Pizza Mexican Hibbing • 218-263-6 545 301 Main Street Cazadores Restaurant and Aurora. Biwabik • 218-865-4 La Cocin a and Cant Thunderbird 164 ina Candy & Ice Cream

Need a fix or new gear? The experts at Mesabi Recreation, Bikes on 1404 South 12MallAvenue Virginia • 218-741-51 19 Howard, 30West and Range Sports can supply you with on-site Sandwiches Rhythm Deli repair, gear and more. Explore all of our retail outlets online! 2301 First Avenue

407 Chestnut Street Virginia 218-741-TACO (8226 )

Farmers Markets

Looking for fresh local produce, meats and more? Find area farmers markets at arrowheadgrown.org

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Vietnamese Saigon Café 111 Second Avenue North Virginia • 218-741-64 65

Pasties/Sarmas Hibbing Tourist Cent er Seniors 1202 East Howard Stree t Hibbing • 218-262-41 66

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YOUR GUIDE TO REST AURANTS ON THE

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LODGING Accommodation type:

Green Gate Guest Houses   5748 County Road 138, Biwabik 218-290-2607 | greengateguesthouse.com

Mitchell Tappan Carriage House   2125 Fourth Avenue East, Hibbing 218-262-3862 | mitchelltappanhouse.com

  Hotel/Motel

Hampton Inn   4225 Ninth Avenue West, Hibbing 218-262-0000 | hamptoninn.com

Wyndham    5480 Mountain Iron Drive, Virginia 218-741-7839 | 800-634-3444 americinn.com

Koke’s Motel   714 Fayal Road, Eveleth 218-744-4500 | 800-892-5107 kokesmotel.com

Northern Lights Lodge   404 Main Street South, Biwabik 218-780-4541 | 218-749-9278 northernlightslodgemn.com

Vacation Home

 Resort  Guest Cottage

AmeriGroup cInn  Campground by   Pet-Friendly 

Aurora Northern Pines Motel    310 West First Avenue South, Aurora 218-229-3377

Quality Inn    I502 Chestnut Street, Virginia 218-749-1000 | 800-777-4699 choicehotels.com

Birchbark Hideaway   5655 Birch Bark Landing, Aurora 763-258-4271 Chisholm Inn & Suites   501 Iron Drive, Chisholm 218-254-2000   |  877-255-3156 chisholminn.com

LODGING

Comfort Inn & Suites    8570 Rock Ridge Drive, Mountain Iron 218-741-7411 choicehotels.com/comfort-inn

Pine View Inn    903 North 17th Street, Virginia 218-741-8918 |  866-263-0535 pineviewinnmotel.com

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The Residence Club at Giants Ridge®   5850 Residence Club Lane, Biwabik 866-409-6650 residenceclubatgiantsridge.com Rodeway Inn    1411 40th Street East, Hibbing 218-263-8982 | 888-987-6498 choicehotels.com

 Green Gate Guest House, Biwabik

Country Inn of Hoyt Lakes    99 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Hoyt Lakes 218-225-3555 | 866-444-3555 countryinnofhoytlakes.com

Lakeshor Motor Inn   404 North Sixth Avenue West, Virginia 218-741-3360 | 800-569-8131 lakeshor.com

Eveleth Super 8    1080 Industrial Park Boulevard, Eveleth 218-744-1661 | 800-800-8000 super8.com

The Lodge at Giants Ridge®   6373 Wynne Creek Drive, Biwabik 218-865-7170 | 877-442-6877 lodgeatgiantsridge.com

Forest Garden Motel   413 South Main Street, Aurora 218-229-3676 | 800-718-2181

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Trails Edge Lodging    200 E Dakota Avenue, Gilbert 218-410-0692 | trailsedgelodging.com Villas at Giants Ridge®   6266 Giants Ridge Road, Biwabik 218-865-4155 | 800-843-7434 villasatgiantsridge.com


CAMP Fisherman’s Point Campground    5401 Campground Road, Hoyt Lakes 218-225-3337 Heritage Park & Campground    4789 Salo Road, Embarrass 218-984-2084 Iron Trail RV Park and Campground    Chisholm 800-711-7789 Sherwood Forest Campground    101 Wisconsin Avenue East, Gilbert 800-403-1803 Vermilion Trail Campground    6038 State Highway 135, Biwabik 218-865-6705 Veterans Park Campground    4392 Miller Trunk Road, Fayal 218-744-7444 West Forty RV Park    Fire #245 Highway 37, Gilbert 218-749-2821 West Two Rivers Campground    4988 Campground Road, Mountain Iron 218-748-7570 Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry Camp Vermilion   2555 Vermilion Camp Road, Cook 218-666-5465  | vlmcamps.org

IRON TRAIL MOTORS EVENT CENTER The Iron Range’s newest Event center The Iron Trail Motors Event Center is a brand-new 144,000 square foot venue for events, weddings and sports. Find state of-the-art upgrades in hockey and ice sport facilities, plus enhanced programming and fitness opportunities. The Event Center opened in September 2021 and is able to host trade shows, conventions, business meetings, community events and weddings with space to accommodate up to 500 guests. Check the calendar frequently and don’t miss out on open ice time and have some fun on the ice in ice bumper cars—a great way to spend the day and no skating skills required! 821 9th Avenue South  •  irontrailmotorseventcenter.com

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From big events like a county fair, a water carnival or a birding festival, to community events like “Honktoberfest” and “Doc Graham Days,” our calendar has it all, plus way more! For the most up-to-date listing of events across the Iron Range, visit ironrange.org/events.