Riding around Lake Superior gives you insights into two different countries, one vast province, three states, varying landscapes, and the amazing people that make it all click. The route keeps you focused on circumnavigating the shoreline, but beyond that, inland, lies some incredible riding opportunities. Areas such as the Algoma region, the Thunder Bay area and the Keweenaw Peninsula are great excuses to extend your trip a few days. Add more miles to your Lake Superior ride with any or all of the 3 tours we’ve listed below.

Located at the eastern edge of Lake Superior, this region is a rock star for twisty roads and epic scenery.  Home to one of the most beautiful sections of the Trans Canada Highway (between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa, Ontario), the Grand Algoma Tour won’t disappoint. Allow an extra two days to complete the route. If you are a ‘stopper’ plan for three, there are numerous lookouts, funky shops, and restaurants to enjoy.

Rider Resources

Website: Grand Algoma Tour
Local Travel Information: Algoma Country
Time Required: 2 – 3 Days
Highlights: The Trans Canada Highway between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa, Lake Superior Provincial Park Lookouts, twisty action of Hwy 129, The Wawa Goose, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

Thunder Bay is way, way more than a pass-through or gas stop. The city has some amazing lookouts, waterfalls, canyons and THE GIANT: an island in Lake Superior known by local Ojibwe as Nanabijou. Legend has it that the giant was turned to stone when a rich silver mine’s (Silver Islet) location was disclosed by him. From the Thunder Bay waterfront, the Giant looks as though he is lying on his back with his head facing east. You can’t actually ride on top of the Giant, but you can follow his path along a twisty road that heads to Silver Islet through Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

Rider Resources

Website: Ride The Giant
Local Travel Information: City of Thunder Bay
Time Required: 1 Day
Highlights: The ride through Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ouimet Canyon, Thunder Bay waterfront

The Keweenaw Peninsula is perhaps the crown jewel of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  It also contains an amazing motorcycle road that must be ridden several times – US 41 at the top of the peninsula. The Ride Lake Superior route has you exploring the Keweenaw, but we recommend that you stay an extra day to really get to know the roads, the scenic lookouts, and the small-town charm. This Peninsula allows you to get really intimate with the Big Lake as it juts way out into its core. As you ride the Keweenaw’s shore roads, you’ll find yourself imagining what it’s like in November when a wicked gale blows through.

Rider Resources

Website: Keweenaw Peninsula
Local Travel Information: Keweenaw Peninsula
Time Required: Stay one extra day
Highlights: Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, The Covered Drive Hwy US 41, The Gay Bar

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