Brighton Beach is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.
Make sure to pick up an ice cream cone at the Portland Malt Shop on Superior Street on your way. The line there might look endless, but they serve up the good stuff relatively quickly. They don’t accept credit cards so bring some cash. When you get to the beach area you can throw as many rocks in the lake as you want!
If you’re looking for a slightly longer drive, take the scenic route to Two Harbors.
It is about 22 miles with beautiful scenery. You can come back on the expressway if you’d like.
And just maybe you’re in the mood for another ice cream cone… You’re in luck—you can pick one up at Culver’s in Two Harbors.