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Virginia (Minnesota)

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Virginia is a city of about 9,000 people located in the heart of the Iron Range in northern Minnesota. Virginia is a retail hub for the Iron Range, where popular, unique shopping venues area complemented by a wide variety of restaurants, lounges and entertainment.


Virginia, "The Queen City of the North," is in St. Louis County on Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range. Recently, Virginia gained notoriety as the city in which the movie "North Country" was filmed. Virginia is part of the Quad Cities of Eveleth, Gilbert, and Mountain Iron.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Traveling by car is the most common method of getting to Virginia, as well as many other destinations in the Iron Range.

Take I-35 North from Minneapolis to Duluth, then US 53 North from Duluth.

Take US 53 South from International Falls, or North from Duluth.

Take US 169 North from Hibbing.

By plane[edit]

Duluth International Airport (IATA: DLH) (ICAO: KDLH), [8]. Is about an hour away. Offering daily non-stop service to Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Detroit and Chicago. In addition service is offered occasionally and sometimes seasonally to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Orlando.

Airlines serving Duluth International Airport:

  • Allegiant Air
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines

Range Regional Airport (IATA: HIB) (ICAO: KHIB), [9]. Is about a half an hour away. Offering daily non-stop service to Minneapolis/Saint Paul.

Airlines serving Range Regional Airport:

  • Delta Airlines

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Driving is the best option for getting around Virginia and the rest of the Iron Range.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mineview in the Sky, US Hwy 53 N, +1 218 741 2344, [1]. The Mineview opens seasonally from May through September. On a 20-story overlook, "Mineview in the Sky" offers visitors a panoramic view of the Rouchleau group of mines, one of the area's deepest mines.  edit
  • Finntown Overlook & Park, 3rd St N. The mining canyon expands nearly three miles long, a half-mile wide and 450 feet deep. The overlook is open year-round.  edit
  • Virginia Area Historical Society, 800 9th Ave N, +1 218 741 1136, [2]. Located in Olcott Park, the museum complex consists of the former park superintendent's residence, a Finnish log house and a 1930s tourist cabin. Permanent exhibits depict logging and lumbering industries, Virginia's fires of 1893 and 1900 and the interurban electric railway system.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Land of the Loon. A festival held in Olcott Park the third week of June, the Land of the Loon features a parade, ethnic foods and dancing, and an arts and crafts fair.  edit
  • Big Aspen Recreation Area, [3]. This is in the Britt area about 9 miles north-west of town and is great for summer hiking and biking, and for cross-country skiing from late fall through early spring. Groomed trails, wide range of skill levels.  edit
  • Lookout Mountain, [4]. The trailhead for Lookout Mountain hiking and cross-country trails is located 4 miles north of town. Sights along the highway include glacier-scraped granite hill-tops and vestiges of taconite mining operations. A Laurentian Divide geological marker is found about a mile north of the trailhead, near where MN 169 turns toward Ely while US 53 heads for Britt, Cook, Orr, and International Falls.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • La Cocina & Cantina, 407 Chestnut St, +1 218 749-8226. A great, reasonably-priced Mexican restaurant.  edit
  • Natural Harvest Food Cooperative, 505 3rd St N, +1 218 741-4663, [5]. M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 10AM-3PM. This popular co-op sells organic, locally-grown and health food.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Flaimer's Bar, 127 Chestnut St., +1 218 749-6802.  edit
  • Rainy Lake Saloon & Deli, 207 Chestnut St, +1 218 741-7665.  edit
  • Sawmill Saloon, 5478 Mountain Iron Dr, +1 218 741-8681, [6].  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Coates Plaza Hotel, 502 Chestnut St, +1 218 749-1000 (fax: +1 218 749-6934), [7]. $60-80.  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Virginia
DuluthEveleth  S noframe N  International FallsCanada

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