If you are looking for an epic bucket list-worthy moto adventure, quality roads, breathtaking scenery, friendly communities, and numerous opportunities to stop and explore along the way, look no further than a ride around Lake Superior. Here are ten compelling reasons why you should add a motorcycle trip around Lake Superior to your bucket list:

Prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning landscapes surrounding Lake Superior. The views will leave you in awe, from rugged cliffs and pristine beaches to dense forests and cascading waterfalls.

Lake Superior Circle Tour Sign
Look for Lake Superior Circle Tour signs along the route.

The Lake Superior Circle Tour is a magnificent 1,300-mile (2,092-kilometre) self-guided tour around the beautiful Lake Superior. You can travel by car, RV, motorcycle, boat, bicycle, or even on foot. You can start your journey at any point along the lake’s borders and follow the highways connecting one Canadian Province (Ontario’s Superior Country and Algoma Country) and three American States (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan). Enjoy the stunning natural beauty and diverse landscapes along the way.

Neys Provincial Park
The park has a unique history as it was the location of Neys POW Camp 100 during WWII.

Experience the tranquillity of the vast wilderness surrounding Lake Superior. The rugged north shore is incredibly scenic, while the south shore has many spectacular beaches and state parks. In Ontario, you can visit  Pukaskwa National Park and provincial parks Sleeping Giant, Neys, Pankake Bay, and Lake Superior Provincial Park, where you can lose yourself in the beauty of nature and spot wildlife.

Split Rock Lighthouse
The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp that featured the Split Rock Lighthouse on June 17, 1995.

Discover iconic landmarks like the Split Rock Lighthouse, a historic beacon perched atop a cliff, or the mesmerizing Apostle Islands, a collection of stunning rock formations and sea caves. Stop at the Terry Fox National Historic Monument near Thunder Bay, learn about the Cooper mining history at the Quincy Smelting Works in Houghton and watch giant boats make their way through the locks in Sault Sainte Marie, MI.

Lake Superior scenic roadways
The route includes scenic by-ways.

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast looking for an exhilarating ride, the scenic roads of Lake Superior are an excellent choice. With countless twists and turns, these winding routes will keep you engaged and provide an adrenaline rush. Although there are too many fun roads to list, Highway 41 and 26 in the Michigan Upper Peninsula are a motorcycling dream, while the Trans Canada Highway along the north shore is perfect for touring.

downtown Marquette MI
Downtown Marquette, MI.

Explore charming coastal towns like Duluth, Thunder Bay, and Marquette, where you can indulge in local cuisine, visit art galleries, and learn about the region’s rich history and culture along the north shore communities of Nipigon, Terrace Bay, Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie will spoil you with northern hospitality.

Isle Royale Queen IV ferry
The Isle Royale Queen IV passenger ferry operates between Copper Harbor, MI and Rock Harbor on Isle Royale.

Take a break from riding and enjoy various water activities. From kayaking and paddleboarding to fishing and boat tours, Lake Superior offers endless opportunities for aquatic adventures.

View of High Falls from the East Deck, the third and smallest viewing deck.

Lace up your hiking boots (motorcycle boots will do) and explore the numerous trails that hug the shoreline. Witness breathtaking vistas, hidden waterfalls, and unique geological formations as you venture into the wilderness. Stop by Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Gooseberry Falls, and visit Minnesota’s tallest waterfall in Grand Portage State Park. In Ontario, check out Aguasabon Falls in Terrace Bay, hike to the edge of Ouimet Canyon and walk across the longest suspension bridge in Canada at Eagle Canyon Adventures.

Battle for the Seven Clans mural Sault Ste. Marie
Mural of the Battle For the Seven Clans painted by Ojibway artist Thomas Sinclair from Couchiching First Nation.

Learn about the Indigenous cultures that have thrived around Lake Superior for centuries. Visit museums and cultural centers to gain insights into their traditions, art, and history.

Sunset over Lake Superior Marquette MI
Sunset over Lake Superior, Marquette MI.

End your day with a front-row seat to some of the most spectacular sunsets you’ll ever witness. The vibrant colours reflecting off the lake’s surface create a magical ambiance, leaving you in awe.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure, why not hop on your motorcycle and embark on a Ride Lake Superior journey? Get ready to be captivated by the natural beauty, immerse yourself in the rich history, and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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