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We live and play in northern Minnesota—a fabulous landscape filled with wild rivers, deep woods, diverse wildlife, and the greatest Lake. An abundance of trails, campgrounds, state parks, outfitters, and lodging makes this landscape accessible to nearly everyone. We started There and Back Books in 2007 to publish guidebooks that feature this landscape and what it has to offer. Our books and blog feature detailed maps, clear photographs, and descriptive text to boost your confidence. We’ll  get you there…and back. We welcome your comments below. See you on the trail!


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Get your summer festival on: 2018 edition
June 21, 2018 by Andrew Slade

Get your summer festival on: 2018 edition

Freshly popped kettle corn, a new handmade piece of art, a cold lemonade—it's time for summer festivals. Find a complete list of 2018 Best North Shore festivals here … read more


Have you explored Agate Bay in Two Harbors?
June 20, 2018 by Andrew Slade

Have you explored Agate Bay in Two Harbors?

Don't miss stopping at Agate Bay on the North Shore. It's one of the two bays/harbors that make up Two Harbors and provides an awe-inspiring walk on the breakwater to the lighthouse. … read more


Exploring Lake Superior ice by camera
January 21, 2018 by Andrew Slade

Exploring Lake Superior ice by camera

In winter it's easy to capture dramatic photos on any Lake Superior beach. You'll find lots of opportunities along Highway 61 for your own North Shore icy shoreline experience. … read more


Where to cut your own Christmas tree
December 4, 2017 by Andrew Slade

Where to cut your own Christmas tree

Do you love a real, living tree for Christmas? Here is a North Shore guide for finding and cutting your own. From the wild to the tame, you'll find the right tree with these directions. … read more


Winter solstice, Lake Superior style
December 4, 2017 by Andrew Slade

Winter solstice, Lake Superior style

At 10:28am on Thursday, December 21, 2017, we'll experience the winter solstice in Minnesota, when the sun reaches its farthest southward point for the year. … read more


Bentleyville Duluth Tour of Lights is here!
November 23, 2017 by Andrew Slade

Bentleyville Duluth Tour of Lights is here!

Follow the steady stream of visitors to the bright lights of Duluth's Bentleyville. It'll lift your spirits and add shine to your holidays as you stroll under the glow of 4 million lights. … read more