For Minnesota's Nobel Prizewinning novelist Sinclair Lewis, Inspiration Peak more than lived up to its name. From its "bald top," he wrote, "there is to be seen a glorious, 20-mile circle of some 50 lakes scattered among fields and pastures, like sequins fallen on an old Paisley shawl."
Praising "the enchanting peace and seclusion of this place for contemplation," Lewis at the same time chided Minnesotans for not knowing about their own "haunts of beauty," and added that he might write the governor, "asking His Excellency if he has ever stood on Inspiration Point."
The highest point is the Leaf Hills portion of the Alexandria glacial moraine.
Inspiration Peak rises some 400 feet above Spitzer Lake.
Although off the beaten track and not mentioned in early exploration literature, it has recently been promoted as a northwestern Minnesota landmark, celebrated primarily for its views of the bright rolling country around it.