Laurentian Tourism

There are many dining options in the Laurentian Chamber area that offer a variety of cuisines, diverse atmospheres, and prices to fit any budget.


With a choice of intimate bistros, banquet halls, family restaurants, coffee shops and pubs, the quad cities have it all! Specialties of the region include smoked meats and fish, hearty stews and homemade soups, old-world breads, apple strudel, and chicken kiev. Among the numerous restaurants to choose from are Adventures Restaurant & Pub, Timbers Restaurant at The Lodge at Giants Ridge, Grandma’s Saloon & Grill, K & B Drive In, La Cocina & Cantina, North Gate Café, Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant, The Whistling Bird Café & Bar and much more.

Lodging is abundant in the quad cities. Whether traveling on business or pleasure, there are safe, comfortable accommodations in a variety of locations. From simple lodgings with basic amenities to modern and luxurious suites, there is something for everyone’s tastes.


For those driving RVs or camping, Gilbert is home to the West Forty RV Park. It has plenty of conveniences including easy off-road access to the Iron Range OHV & ATV Park as well. Gilbert is also home to the Sherwood Forest Campground and the West Forty RV Park, offering seasonal parking for RVs and camper setups. Another option is the West Two Rivers Campground, located in Mountain Iron.

Hotels and motels are plentiful in the area as well. Eveleth hosts the award-winning Super 8 hotel, located on U.S. Highway 53 and central to all attractions. In Mountain Iron, one can find the AmericInn Lodge & Suites, conveniently located across from the Thunderbird Mall in Virginia. The Coates Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Virginia, and offers top-notch dining and meeting facilities. The Lakeshor Motor Inn, within walking distance of numerous restaurants and entertainment venues, is located between two beautiful lakes in historic downtown Virginia. On a budget? Visit the Budget Host Motel, located midway between Eveleth and Virginia and close to all attractions. The Pine View Inn, located on the north edge of Virginia, is near the hospital, a bike trail, and golf course.

The Iron Range has a fascinating cultural heritage. Immigrants from over 40 countries have brought a wealth of traditions to the region, contributing to many historical and cultural sites. One such site is the Virginia Heritage Museum, which consists of a Finnish log house and a depression-era tourist cabin. Other exhibits depict the Virginia and Rainy Lake Sawmill Company, Virginia’s fires of 1893 and 1900 and the interurban electric system.

Hockey Hall of Fame

Located on the south edge of Virginia off U.S. Highway 53, Mineview in the Sky is a 20-story overlook offering visitors a panoramic view of the area’s deepest mines. The focus of the view is the open pit mine, which is nearly three miles long, a half-mile wide and 450 feet deep. Also on-site are a 45-ton rail car, a 100-ton production truck, a children’s playground and a visitor information center.

Downtown Eveleth is home to “The Big Stick” (the world’s largest free-standing hockey stick and puck). The stick weighs 10,000 pounds (five tons) and is 110 feet long. It was featured in World’s Largest: a Documentary About Small Towns with Big Things. The United States Hockey Hall of fame, also in Eveleth, has displays and memorabilia depicting the significant contributions of players, coaches, referees and other important figures in the sport.

Other attractions in the area include the Greyhound Bus Origin Museum, Heritage Homestead Tours, the Hibbing Historical Society and Museum, the International Wolf Center, the Iron Ore Miner Memorial, the Iron Range Historical Society Museum, the Minnesota Museum of Mining and many more.

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