Following the meandering south shore of Lake Superior, Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Scenic Byway is a journey back in time.
The 70-mile journey through the far north woods of Wisconsin delivers breathtaking views of the majesty of the lake, sandy beaches, and dense forests. It is populated with the quaint harbor towns of Bayfield, once a bustling shipping port, now filled with massive Victorian mansions built during the lumbering heyday, and Washburn, with a historic district built of native sandstone.
The tiny historic villages of Cornucopia, Herbster, and Port Wing, once thriving with loggers and fishermen, are now home to artists and craftsmen. Further on, you’ll be passing small farms and orchards, so typical of northern Wisconsin. The region is also home to the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area are dotted with the largest collection of lighthouses in North America.
Be sure to visit local museums to learn the stories of the Native Americans and the very hardy immigrant pioneers who survived freezing winters to make this land their home.