Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Portage
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Grand Portage National Monument is located in Grand Portage. A visit to Grand Portage National Monument represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Grand Portage trip itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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I saw the awesome views of the harbor and walked the external trails. Wasn't able to go inside the structure walled off.
If Minnesota's motto is "L'etoile du Nord" then this monument was be "Bijou du Nord" because a gem it is. First of all, for all you leaf peepers, the monument is open until Veteran's Day allowing you ... read more »
I collect National Parks and Monuments. Out of the 37 I have visited, this is the BEST and most well done facility I have seen! The building itself is beautiful and asthetically inviting.When we walke... read more »
This is one of the rare places where native Americans and European settlers cooperated to establish a booming fur trade. The actual trading post is recreated authentically to provide the visitor with a window to the past. Every intricate details of the daily lives of the traders are on display and one can't but marvel at the way how people used to live a couple of centuries ago.
Staff are excellent and enjoy what they're doing. The heritage center and old buildings are a terrific site. The trail... pop some popcorn for this. There is two campsites at Fort Charlotte which is off the pigeon river by Canada. Both sites are free and are decent. The trail though... I would rather walk to hell and back than to take that trail again. 8.5 miles of muck and swamp to walk through. From my pedometer the trail totals to about 11 miles for walking around mud pit after mud pit. Bugs are as expected for being in the middle of a forest. The entire trip is mostly uphill. Wear pants, otherwise plants and bugs will wear your legs down to the bone. Beaver pond is beautiful and so is the Pigeon River. Other than that, if you're a moderate level hiker then this is a nice challenge. I recommend a pack weighing 30lbs or less, otherwise every ounce kills.
Fascinating history. Plenty to see and do; walk around and explore all there is to offer year. I'd recommend planning for a couple of hours minimum.
I didn't get the opportunity to do the hike, although I would like to. The little village set up was pretty cool and historically very interesting. One of the people working there looked like Tobias Funke, which made everything better!
A perfect example of early life in Minnesota. A bit of a walk not that far away from the heritage centre. Friendly
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