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Lutsen Mountain Tram

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Address: 468 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen, MN 55612
Phone Number: +1 800-360-7666
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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You won't find a better vantage point from which to view the Sawtooth...

You won't find a better vantage point from which to view the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior's dramatic coastline. This aerial gondola is one of the North Shore's most popular attractions, taking you on a scenic ride to the top of Moose Mountain, rising 1,000 feet over Lake Superior. The gentle ride at treetop level is an experience not to be missed if you're visiting the North Shore, here's why:

It's the only transportation of its kind in the Midwest: ruffed grouse, eagles, pine marten, deer, bear, timber wolves, and moose have all been spotted from the tram; ride over the cascading Poplar River and up Moose Mountain for unbelievable views of Lake Superior and the surrounding area.

Stop at the Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains, a beautiful mountaintop chalet welcoming guests for gorgeous views, relaxation, or for lunch, snacks, and beverages. Inside and outside deck seating is available overlooking Lake Superior. The Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains also hosts our Summit Chalet weddings, our premier destination wedding facility.

Enjoy the mountaintop hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and fresh air. The Mountain Tram makes Moose Mountain the most accessible year-round mountaintop destination in Mid-America.

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amazing Views

This is a fantastic ride to go on - it takes about 10 minutes each way and the views on the way up and back are only out done by the views on top. it is a little pricey $20 per... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
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Altoona, Wisconsin, United States
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Altoona, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a fantastic ride to go on - it takes about 10 minutes each way and the views on the way up and back are only out done by the views on top. it is a little pricey $20 per adult

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we look forward to your next visit! More 

Maple Grove, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We took the Lutsen Mountain Tram at the end of our weekend visit to the North Shore and thought it would give us one last stunning overview of the fall colors. Not only is the tram ride massively overpriced, the view is nothing specular. There are so many other FREE places along the North Shore to get great views of... More 

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, we apologize that you were not able to make it during our fall color season and that you missed the amazing view the Summit Express Gondola provides. We hope you are able to visit us again during our summer or fall seasons and not during our "off" season so that... More 

Hopkins, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We traveled here during the fall of 2016 and the Tram was a great way to get a wonderful view to see all the beautiful colors! The tram ride was a fun little ride and then the view at the top was absolutely worth it! We weren't hungry so we didn't try the little restaurant at the top but it... More 

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we look forward to your next visit! More 

Watertown, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Beautiful view, and even better view when you get to the top! Tram is new, a great upgrade to the Caribou Resort.

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. The Summit Express Gondola at Lutsen Mountains has been a great upgrade to our summer activities and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed it. More 

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This was recommended to us by a friend and we're so glad we did it. The view is amazing staff was friendly. I think it would be a great thing to do any time of the year but fall was breathtaking and you can see for miles.

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, fall is magical but the ride is spectacular all seasons. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We chose to take the gondola ride to the top of Lutsen Mountain to view the fall colors. Seniors pay $17.00 plus tax for the trip, adults pay $20, children 6-12 are $12 and under 6 are free. The view was breathtaking. There is a restaurant at the summit where you can grab a meal or snack. Plan on arriving... More 

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we look forward to your next visit! More 

Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The tram ride was breathtaking. It was beautiful at the top where there were observation decks and trails and a restaurant/bar. A great place to be in the summertime when it's hot.

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we look forward to your next visit! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

What an amazing fall trip! We rode the tram, had lunch at the top at the chalet, and also rode the Alpine sleds. Lunch was fabulous -- not the old ski hill chalet fare that you might expect. The Alpine sleds are also a wonderfully different way to enjoy the ski hill off season. Well worth the time if you... More 

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to your next trip. More 

Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is a great way to see a panoramic view of the fall colors and Lake Superior. At the top are scenic overlooks and trails. It is well worth the cost.

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. The fall colors are amazing right now and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your ride on the Summit Express Gondola. More 

Tofte, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Lutsen's new gondola makes viewing fall colors or watching skiers fly down their mountains an easy experience for us less athletic types. The Summit Chalet is a fun place to sit out on the deck and have a bite of lunch or a glass of beer/wine and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Superior. During the summer you can combine this... More 

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we enjoy your enthusiasm for Lutsen Mountains! We look forward to your next visit with us. More 

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