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This North Shore bucket list honors Glensheen Mansion's Chester Congdon

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If anyone is lacking in ideas for where to stop on Minnesota's North Shore, this new bucket list has all the must-see stops marked out.

Compiled by Glensheen Mansion staff, the list offers a broad overview of the 110-mile road designating five touristy stops, but it's not just about highlighting the drive. The list was compiled to remember the vision of Chester Congdon, the original owner of Glensheen Mansion and the driving force behind connecting the North Shore by highway.

Congdon worked for years to make his vision of a road hugging the lake's shoreline a reality, and this bucket list highlights some of the most important stops on that road.

First is Congdon's home, the 39-room Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. The mansion has nine themed tours – one by kayak.

Next stop is the city of Two Harbors featuring (surprise), two harbors. There are also a number of trail heads linking to the Superior Hiking Trail and the famous Betty's Pies.

As the larger clumps of buildings fade into the rearview mirror, the highway passes right by Gooseberry Falls, the next stop identified by the bucket list. Get wowed by the splendor of four waterfalls, over 25 miles of trails and spend the night at one of over 70 campsites.

From there, the list guides tourists to a beacon of light – Split Rock Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark.

The last stop: Grand Marais. Near the end of the North Shore, this city used to be a stop for fur traders. Now, it's a stop for anyone looking for a tasty walleye sandwich or gear for taking on the Sawtooth Mountains.

See the full bucket list here.

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