One of the most well-known landmarks in Minnesota is Split Rock Lighthouse located on the north shore of Lake Superior.
Just south of the lighthouse is a state park for hiking and camping. Hands down, cart-in camping spots #19 gives the best vantage point from atop the bluffs. The second best cart-in spot is #18. You have a gorgeous view of the lighthouse. And, in the morning, it’s just a quick walk down to the small bay where you can capture sunrise photos.
To snag either of these campsites, you need to book a year out, so plan early!
From her toes to her crown to her torch, Lady Liberty has many messages of freedom. And what better day to celebrate freedom than July 4.
During our recent trip to New York City, we snagged “crown” tickets to the top of Statue of Liberty. (Trip tips: You need to purchase those tickets early, at least six months in advance since they only let about 100 people go to the crown each day. Go early in the day to beat the crowds!) There are 377 steps (equal to 20 stories) to the top… with the very last steps winding through a very tiny spiral staircase that has one side going up, the other going down.
The messages of freedom from the Statue of Liberty ring true for today:
Broken shackles at her feet signifying escape from tyranny
A tablet of law in her left arm bearing in Roman numerals the date of the American Declaration of independence – July 4, 1776
Crown’s of seven rays represent a sunburst spreading enlightenment and reason throughout the world
And, of course, the most significance of all, her torch and flame symbolizing truth and justice enlightening the world