If you love the North Shore, there is no better way to see it than from above.
Lake Superior Helicopters opened in 2009 and allow you to see one of the largest tourist destinations in the midwest.
I loved the experience, from the office staff to the pilot. Worth snagging a tour this summer.
They offer three different tours: Duluth (60 miles), North Shore (30 miles), and an Aerial (15 miles).
The Duluth Tour takes you to Jay Cooke State Park, one of the ten most-visited state parks in Minnesota.
The western half of the park contains part of a rocky, 13-mile gorge. This was a major barrier to Native Americans and early Europeans traveling by canoe, which they bypassed with the challenging Grand Portage of the St. Louis River.
The tour follows the River, flies by Ely’s Peak, Spirit Mountain, and into Duluth over the Aerial Lift Bridge, which is adjacent to Canal Park and spans the Duluth Ship Canal into the Duluth–Superior harbor.
The North Shore Tour takes you over the Port Terminal, Aerial Lift Bridge, and Canal Park waterways. You will also see the Glensheen Mansion, the Historic Congdon Estate is a 20,000 square foot mansion on 12 acres of waterfront property with 39 rooms that cost a total of $854,000, equivalent to more than $22 million in 2017, Hawk Ridge, a nature reserve and bird observatory renowned for its autumnal raptor migrations, and Lester River which passes through a canyon between Lester Park, where Amity Creek joins the Lester River, and the mouth of the river.
Finally, the Aerial Tour covers the Duluth/Superior Harbor. Located at the westernmost tip of Lake Superior, the Port of Duluth-Superior is North America’s farthest-inland freshwater seaport.
A remarkable 9-mile natural breakwater shelters the port’s 49 miles of harbor frontage. Twenty privately owned bulk cargo docks and an award-winning general cargo terminal populate the working waterfront, along with a marine fueling depot, a shipyard with dry docks, multiple tug and barge services, plus an intermodal cargo terminal. You’ll also see Enger Tower and Aerial Lift Bridge.
Lake Superior Helicopters also offers FAA-approved flight programs, creating a safe, positive, and productive learning experience for those that want a career as a professional helicopter pilot. With an extensive network, they also help to provide internships and job opportunities for graduates.
They also provide commercial helicopter services like a ride to your cabin or a golf course, aerial photo’s or inspect land or even a flight to dinner. How awesome is that?
Have you ever been?