Destination guide

Superlative stuff on Lake Superior

Lake Superior is where size matters, coming in at a cool 350 miles by 160 miles. It's the largest of the Great Lakes, the largest freshwater lake in North America, and one of the largest on the whole planet to boot. It straddles the border between the United States and Canada, and covers a great stretch of Ontario and the Midwest. Its banks are lined with charming lakeside towns and wild national forests; its waters oscillate between ice sheets and gleaming swells with the changing of the seasons. With a Lake Superior vacation rental, you can explore the lot.

Things to do

Hopping the historic towns of Lake Superior

You could choose Lake Superior vacation rentals in Marquette to give you a base on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The town is steeped in industrial history, and comes with its huge Ore Docks, all next to the pristine clifftops and forests of the Presque Isle Park. Duluth, over in Minnesota, is another option. It's got the Enger Tower for sweeping views of the town, and the steam-puffing Lake Superior Railroad Museum, where the hulking locomotives offer a glimpse into the past. Meanwhile, on Superior itself, the handsome Isle Royale National Park awaits – think hiking, empty beaches, and stalking timber wolves.


Finding the wilds of Lake Superior

You won't have to stroll far from the door of most Lake Superior vacation rentals to realize this one's all about enjoying the natural beauty of North America. From the bays of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan to the remote wilds of the Isle Royale National Park, there are hiking trails and campsites, cross-country skiing routes and little coves to explore. Others will enjoy more laid-back scenic train rides through the fir forests, or hop on old steamers that crisscross from port to port. Just don't forget to have the camera at the ready.


Wrap up or dress down for Lake Superior

The wildernesses that line the banks of Lake Superior alternate between winter wonderland and summer playground for the adventurers who opt to vacation here. To make the most of the long hiking trails that filter through the Minnesotan and Michigan state parks, and the wonderful beaches that spill out of the national forests, it's best to book your stay for between May and August. For snow, when the Nordic ski routes open and ice sheets dot the bays, you're best off coming in December or January.

Natural features

Lake Superior's a vast wilderness

Covering a mind-boggling 32,000 square miles, there's no denying Lake Superior deserves its moniker. Still, it's hard to imagine the sheer wealth of wildernesses that cluster around its banks. On the Michigan mainland alone, there's the Hiawatha National Forest, home to golden eagles and stalking bears, and the Ottawa National Forest with its sweeping boreal woodland. In Minnesota, the huge Superior National Forest hides rivers and creeks, and comes patrolled by black bears and wolves. And then there's the Isle Royale National Park, where the Greenstone Ridge Trail passes empty woods and beaches.

Where to stay around Lake Superior?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,325 vacation rentals near Lake Superior. From 414 Cabins to 562 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Superior for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Superior?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Superior. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • United States: 555,268 vacation rentals
  • Michigan: 10,629 vacation rentals
  • Wisconsin: 5,532 vacation rentals
  • Minnesota: 3,606 vacation rentals
  • Canada: 31,218 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Superior! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Superior?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Superior:

  • Duluth: 135 rentals
  • Hayward: 340 rentals
  • Grand Marais: 175 rentals
  • Munising: 198 rentals
  • Marquette: 137 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Lake Superior?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Lake Superior are:

  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI (SSM-Sault Ste. Marie Municipal): 38 vacation rentals
  • Duluth, MN (SUW-Richard I. Bong): 77 vacation rentals
  • Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX): 106 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Superior?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Superior. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: 80 rentals
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park: 47 rentals
  • Giants Ridge Golf and Ski Resort: 42 rentals
  • Lake Superior Zoo: 82 rentals
  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park: 47 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Superior listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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