Grand Marais Artist's Point | Grand Marais Local Guide
Grand Marais Artist's Point | Grand Marais Local Guide

Grand Marais Artist’s Point

Grand Marais Artist’s Point

Artist’s Point in Grand Marais is something you don’t want to miss. It provides access to the shoreline along a narrow path of concrete. Following it, you’ll find tide pools and rocky shores that take your breath away. You can take the path all the way to the lighthouse. Or head the other direction and visit the pine tree covered “island”. Make sure you have sturdy, comfortable shoes and a good hand on your kids because this is all at your own risk. This location is a favorite for sunsets, storm and great shoreline photographs. And, as its name suggests, you never know when you’ll spot artists at work.

Artist’s Point was formed from eruptions 1.1 billion years ago, the dark gray basalt that makes up the point appears to undulate in many places and is hexagonal fractured where it meets the lake – with picturesque results. The rock patterns and silhouettes combine with the fantastically vivid water colors making the point a breathtakingly beautiful spot. Incredibly some of the fractures split the rock below the water line into narrow inlets barely ten feet wide.

It’s a fantastic vantage point for the Grand Marais harbor, and looking back on land to the Sawtooth Mountains. Don’t just walk out and back. Take your time; watch the waves roll in and watch the sail boats come in and out of the harbor. Artist’s Point is a great place to end your day with amazing sunset pictures.

0.3 mile out and back
Elevation Ascent: 8′; Descent: -7′
High: 611′; Low: 605′
Grade: Avg Grade: 1% (1°); Max Grade: 2% (1°)

Grand Marais Artist's Point | Grand Marais Local Guide

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#1 thing to do in Grand Marais

This should be at the top of your list for things to see in Grand Marais. So relaxing and peaceful! No food or drinks by there that you can purchase, restaurants near by. Clean: yes clean area. Different: Some place you never seen before!!!! Seating: no benches to sit on. Wait time: No wait time. Anyone can come and walk around. Length of time spent here: 1/2 hour to 1 hour. Perfect time of day to go: Anytime during the day when it’s not raining. For kids, couples: Not recommended for young kids, unless adult supervision is right next to them. Some areas of walking are VERY narrow and NO guard rails to hold on to. Water is on both sides you could fall into. WATCH your step at all times. Ground can be uneven at certain spots. Easy walking. A few steps here and there, mostly flat. – Kim H Minneapolis TripAdvisor Review

North Shore & Grand Marais Major Attractions Guide

Our North Shore & Grand Marais Major Attractions Guide singles out a variety of things to do in the area that visitors have rated as ‘must see/do’. Don’t limit yourself to this list – be sure to browse the rest of the guide for a better idea of what the Lake Superior North Shore area has to offer.

Grand Marais is a small village built along Minnesota’s Lake Superior North Shore and situated on a doubled-harbor stone outcropping of the shoreline. It is found on Highway 61, an All-American road and national Scenic Byway that skirts the North Shore. Grand Marais offers something to do for literally all kinds of visitors.

Outdoor activities are plenty year-round. If outdoors isn’t your ‘thing’, you’ll enjoy shopping while your partner is outdoors, and you’ll both enjoy the variety of dining experiences. Be sure to keep in mind that many restaurants and shops are only open seasonally, so call ahead to check.

View North Shore & Grand Marais Major Attractions Guide Guide.


About Superior Inn and Suites
At the Best Western Plus Superior Inn you’re sure to find that little something extra. With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, the Best Western Plus Superior Inn will stand out among other hotels in Grand Marais,MN. For the business traveler, a spacious work desk and free internet access are included in all our guest rooms to ensure you don’t miss a beat while you’re away from the office.

For extended stays, each room provides a convenient in-room mini fridge that is ideal for drinks and snacks. We also have an in-house fitness room, so you can keep up your workout routine while you’re on the road. As always, the Best Western Plus Superior Inn will provide you with the superior customer service that you are used to at any Best Western hotel.

Best Western Plus Superior Inn Grand Marais MN
Best Western Plus Superior Inn Grand Marais MN

We will definitely be back!

We LOVED the town of Grand Marais. This hotel was the perfect location to walk anywhere in the town. It was so convenient to just walk to restaurants, shopping and the beach. The view from the room was fantastic and unexpected. The room had a little patio that overlooked the lake. It was very clean and had a nice tile shower with a double shower head. So much nicer than what I expected. They also had a very nice fitness room, which I didn’t use since the weather was great and we got lots of exercise outdoors. But this would be great in the winter or inclement weather. There was a free breakfast which was nice. They kept it clean and well maintained, which I noticed and appreciated. Can’t wait for our next trip! We will definitely stay here again!

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Your Guide to Year-Round Grand Marais Recreation & Fun!

With over 400 lakes within a 25-mile radius, Grand Marais lives up to its reputation as a great place for year-round outdoor activities. Whether your activity choice is in, on or below the water (or even on land) Grand Marais offers a great variety of things to do for your entire family.

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