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Summer Resorts 2000-Midwest, Lutsen Mountain, Minn.


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At Lutsen Mountain, those summer travelers seeking adventure will surely find it, but a simple agenda works just as well. The unspoiled wilderness of Minnesota’s North Shore, dramatic Lake Superior views and peaceful surroundings bring visitors back to the area time and again. You’ll want to stay at Eagle Ridge (800-360-7666), where you can unleash the children in the Eagle Rangers Kids’ program (877-458-8736). They’ll explore the outdoors, go birdwatching, take nature hikes and more. What better way for them to learn about the environment than through hands-on experiences?

Lutsen boasts an extensive bike-trail system. With 50 miles of marked trails across four mountains, there’s terrain for every level of rider. Challenge yourself to an intense ride around Moose Mountain from the top of the North Shore Mountain Tramway. If you’re not an avid biker, take the tram to the summit, grab some lunch at the Mountaintop Deli and then take a laid-back hike, picking wild strawberries along the way. For a quick adrenaline fix, hit the alpine slide (a full-day, all-access pass costs $21; trail and lift pass is $18). If you still have a couple hours of daylight, play a round at the Superior National mountain golf course (218-663-7195).

DON’T MISS Lunch on the Mountaintop Deli deck, where you can see 100 miles across the lake into Michigan.

BEST DEAL The Complete Lutsen Vacation for Couples offers five nights’ deluxe lodging, a two-day all-access pass, 18 holes of golf, a fine dinner and more, for $350 per person. Call (877) 458-8736, or visit