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Atlas Obscura Minnesota’s Singing Beach

Iona’s Beach is a hidden gem. Instead of silky, golden sand, this stretch of shore is covered in smooth pink rocks that, if you know when to listen, sing.

The beach sings its signature song as the waves come in and disturb the rocks. When the stones resettle, they tinkle like millions of little bells. It’s a soft sound, so you have to stand fairly still and be quiet to hear it.

Keep track of the places you have been, log in.
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A Massive Library Museum of Original Manuscripts

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Grassy Point Railroad Bridge

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A Mausoleum To An Impractical Idea

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Lake Superior Zoo
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Copper Crow Distillery

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Free Range Film Barn

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Tom’s Logging Camp

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Ely’s Peak and DWP Railroad Tunnel

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Jay Cooke State Park: A Bridge to Freedom of the Mind