Grand Portage National Monument (Grand Portage, MN)
Grand Portage National Monument gives you a sneak peek of the past so that you can discover the present. In this national park, you get the opportunity to explore those days of the North American fur trade. Explore Grand Portage Ojibwe and North West Company’s partnership. Walkthrough the pathways into a distant time.
In the monument site, a bustling depot has been reconstructed at the exact location. Experience and feel of the past as you listen to the beat of the drum echo over Gichigami - Lake Superior.
The physical address of the Grand Portage National Monument is 170 Mile Creek Road, Grand Portage, MN 55605. As you travel northeast or southwest on MN Highway 61, you can see the signs on the side of the highways. At the Grand Portage Trading Post, you have to make a right or left turn from Highway 61 to enter Casino Road.
At the first stop sign from Casino Road to Mile Creek Road, now turn left. Look for the large wooden entrance sign as you move around 1.2 miles (1.9 km) on Mile Creek Road. Now, turn left along the short hill to reach the Heritage Center parking.
Both the heritage center and trails remain open round the year. The Historic Depot consists of the Ojibwe Village, Great Hall, Voyageurs Encampment, canoe warehouse, kitchen, and historic gardens. It remains open from Memorial through Columbus weekends.
The climate of northern Minnesota remains cold for a pretty long time during winters. However, the summers are warm and short. In January, the temperature hovers within –11 °F (-24 °C) and 12 °F (-11 °C). The winter temperature hovers within 55 °F (13 °C) to 78 °F (26 °C). In Grand Portage, the average annual precipitation level is around 32 inches (812.8 mm).
At Grand Portage NM, no WiFi facility is available. However, at the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino (which is located around a one-half mile west of the national monument), free WiFi access is available. AT&T is the only AT&T phone service provider available at Grand Portage National Monument.
National Monument (Pipestone, MN)
Pipestone National Monument is erected because many people consider it sacred. The quarried pipestones have been carved into pipes. They say the smoke in the pipes carries the prayers to the Great Spirit. You can still find the quarrying and pipe-making traditions continue here.
The physical address of Pipestone National Monument is 36 Reservation Ave, Pipestone, MN 56164. If you take planes, you have to land at Sioux Falls, SD -Joe Foss Field Airport. This is situated 50 miles (80 km) from Pipestone National Monument. You can rent a car at the airport up to your destination.
You can also take your car and reach Pipestone city through local highways. Just check the road signs to reach the place quickly. It remains open round the clock throughout the year. Walk the Circle Trail at any point in time to make your trip memorable. If you are traveling to the place, always keep in mind that seasonal weather may change rapidly.
Currently, no WiFi facility is available at the park. However, cell phones work. If you want better reception, you may have to go into a nearby town (which is situated just 5-minutes drive away).