city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, United States

Virginia is a city in Minnesota.


Virginia, "The Queen City of the North," is in St. Louis County on Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range. Recently, Virginia gained fame as the city in which the movie "North Country" was filmed.

Get inEdit

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.

Get aroundEdit


The Loon In the summer, Virginia sets a large fiberglass loon (Minnesota's state bird) afloat on Silver Lake, in the middle of town.

Mineview in the Sky A scenic overlook that features a huge mining truck, a visitor's center and gift shop, and a playground. The Mineview offers a view on the entire city.


  • 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.
  • 1 Big Aspen Recreation Area, near junction of Forest Roads 405 and 257 (from Virginia, head north on US Hwy 53, turn east on Cty Rd 68, then north on Pelton Rd/Forest Rd 405). This is in the Britt area about 9 miles northwest 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.
  • 2 Lookout Mountain (Laurentian Divide Recreation Area), US Hwy 53, south of junction with MN Hwy 169. 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.



  • La Cocina & Cantina, 407 Chestnut St, +1 218 749-8226. A great, reasonably-priced Mexican restaurant.
  • 1 Natural Harvest Food Cooperative, 505 3rd St N, +1 218 741-4663. M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 10AM-6PM. This popular co-op sells organic, locally-grown and health food.



Go nextEdit

Routes through Virginia
ENDInternational Falls  N   S  HermantownDuluth
END  N   S  HibbingGrand Rapids
Ely ← Tower ←  N   S  END

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