- US-51 comes in from the south - Wausau, Madison, New Orleans. 51 ends at the Sin City of the North, Hurley (Wisconsin).
- US-2 runs east and west. From Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth, Minnesota
- 1 Gogebic–Iron County Airport (IWD IATA) (is about 7 miles northeast of Ironwood). Air Choice One operates two flights daily from Chicago-O'Hare (only once a day on Saturdays) and one flight daily (weekdays only) from Minneapolis-St. Paul. Since the airport doesn't have any X-ray machines, the security personnel hand search each bag in front of everyone else, handling and analyzing your bag's contents.
Car is the best way to go. Renting a vehicle isn't too easy, but it is possible.
Ironwood makes a good stop if you are snowmobiling on the trail system, and you can get to most accommodations or restaurants with your machine.
In the summer, a bike will get you most places in town, but it's a long ride to any of the local attractions (i.e. Lake superior is about 18 miles, Copper Peak is about 12 miles).
- Copper Peak
- Black River Harbor
- Hiawatha. World's Tallest Indian, 52 ft (16 m) fiberglass statue of tribal leader Hiawatha.
- Ski hills
- Lake Gogebic
Ironwood makes a great base for outdoors activities in the region. If you are visiting, you are probably here or should be here for one of the following:
- Mountain biking
- Four wheeling
If you do happen to want to see the sights of Ironwood, you could check out Hiawatha, an enormous fiberglass and cement Indian statue on a hill above the city. You can see it from most intersections downtown (the real downtown, not the freeway!)
Another claim to fame is the 'Copper Peak Ski Jump'. This ski jump is or was the largest freestanding ski jump in North America. When it was built it was the largest in the world. It hasn't been used for jumping since the late 1980s. During the summer you can ride the lift up to the top, and get a great view of the forest, and out to Lake Superior. During the winter, they have a snowmobile climb competition on the jump's landing area. This is quite a bit of fun to watch as most snowmobile machines can't handle the slope and go end over end down the hill.
Pick up an Ironwood Daily Globe newspaper to check for events happening during the week.
Buy an original Stormy Kromer Cap. Made in Ironwood by Jacquart's. Hibernate your head.
Pasty is the Yooper Soul food. If you never had it, you must try it. The original version feature Rutabaga. Many swear by eating it with ketchup accompanied by dill pickles and chocolate milk. The best place for a pasty is at "Pastys over the UP" on US 2 at the intersection with Lake Road.
Good Restaurant options:
- Don & GG's. Looks like a bar, but has a creative menu that reaches way beyond bar fare. People enjoy the Cheese Curd and Turkey Portabella Wrap. Salads are good and have a nice selection.
- Bell Chalet. in Hurley (Wisconsin), but worth the short drive. Famous for its Italian food and Caesar salad.
- Black River Pub and Grub. Excellent fish fry on Friday nights.
- Manny's. Up by the Hiawatha Statue. Great cheese raviolis.
- Muligan's Irish Pub.
- Don & GG's.
- Brewsters, Downtown Ironwood. Cozy up-north atmosphere with great food and drinks.
- 1 AmericInn, ☏ .
- Black River Crossing-Bed & Breakfast, ☏ .
- Budget Host Inn, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Comfort Inn, ☏ .
- 2 Indianhead Motel, ☏ . Indianhead Motel is right on Indianhead mountain, which is good if you are skiing or biking there.
- Sled Shed, ☏ . Private 3 bedroom home on snowmobile route. Alt number +1 608 222-3194
- Super 8 Motel, ☏ .
- Windsong Lodging, 6280 Snowdrift Street, Bessemer, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. One-bedroom condos with hot tub, wood stoves, Wi-Fi, kitchens, near downhill, cross country, and snowmobile trails. Pet-friendly, no smoking. $80-135.
Lake Superior: You can visit the beaches at several locations. 'Little Girl's Point' and 'Black River Harbor' are the two most popular. Turn north off of US 2 on Lake Road to get to either.
Hiking: There are several waterfalls and hiking trails along the Black River. If you drive towards Black River Harbor, you will see carved wooden signs near parking lots where you can access these trails. Most trails have basic bathroom facilities available (closed during winter?).
Camping: You can camp at Little Girl's Point and at Black River Harbor for a fee.
|Routes through Ironwood|
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