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Duluth, Michigan is a city located in the Central North Western part of the United States.
Duluth forms a single metropolitan area with Superior, Wisconsin, together called the Twin Ports. The two cities share a harbor and are one of the most important ports on the Great Lakes. Among the items shipped out are iron ore (taconite) and grain.
Spread out along the hilly
north shore of Lake Superior, Duluth lies amid some of the most scenic country
in Minnesota.†† This northern Minnesota city is located at the westernmost tip
of Lake Superior, halfway between Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Canadian border.†
Spend a few days in Duluth, and discover why over 3.5 million tourists visit
there each year.
Duluth is known in
Minnesota as a gateway to the wilderness. The
Superior Hiking Trail, the Munger Trail and Spirit Mountain beckon adventurers,
while birdwatchers travel to Hawk Ridge to watch raptors and other species
migrate. The Great Lakes Aquarium offers views of freshwater fish and wildlife.†
One of the best times to
visit is autumn, when leaves on the hardwoods turn brilliant colors.† Along the
St. Louis River, hikers and bicyclists greet spring and summer as they enjoy
Western Waterfront Trail, a 5-mile path with picnic areas and access sites for
boats.† Winter is welcomed by skiers and snowmobilers eager to glide along the
45 miles of snowmobile trails, and over 30 miles of cross-country ski trails,
Duluth is a popular base
for chartered fishing expeditions on Lake Superior, where anglers can hook
steelhead, Chinook, Coho,†Atlantic salmon, and trout. Sightseeing cruises are
another way to get onto the water. They run from June-September and usually last
about two hours.
Canal Park is the
centerpiece of the city's waterfront. The Canal Park Marine Museum includes the
William A. Irvin, the 610-foot flagship of the old U.S. Steel Great Lakes
Fleet. Canal Park is where you can see the Aerial Lift Bridge. It lifts straight
up to allow ships to pass through the Duluth Ship Channel. South of the bridge
is the Great Lakes Aquarium, an unusual freshwater aquarium that is home to 70
species of fish found in the Great Lakes. Interactive exhibits at the the Lake
Superior Maritime Visitor Center explain the lakes' ecology. From the park,
there is the opportunity to stroll along the Lakewalk, a waterfront boardwalk.
A walk around Depot Square,
reveals a compact re-creation of old Duluth. The model buildings include:† a
meat market, a barbershop, a bank and other establishments,† all in
three-quarter scale,† and a trolley running through the square.† Near Depot
Square are the Lake Superior Museum of Transportation (railway buffs will enjoy
the collection of antique trains), the Duluth Art Institute,† and the Chisholm
Museum, which documents the experiences of immigrants to the area. The Fond-du-Luth
Gaming Casino is also downtown.
There are so many family
oriented attractions in Duluth.† Park Point, a 6-mile sandbar at the tip of
Minnesota Point, is the site of a beach, picnic facilities, playgrounds, and
ball fields. Just outside Duluth is Superior National Forest.†
Theater, music and ballet
are among the cultural events presented in the Duluth Entertainment Convention
Center. The Port Town Trolley offers tours of the city and harbor front from†
Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.
Even during the coldest
times, getting around town is easy and pleasant as the result of an extensive,
climate-controlled skywalk which connects all of the major downtown facilities.†
The historic Glensheen
Estate is a must-see while visiting. Glensheen features a 39-room Jacobean style
mansion complete with custom designed, original furnishings. The beautifully
manicured grounds include formal gardens, a carriage house with carriage
collection, gardener's cottage, clay tennis courts, and more. Completed in 1908,
Glensheen is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A side trip for the whole
family is the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad.†† You can enjoy an historic
90-minute journey along the scenic St. Louis River and view wildlife in its
natural environment amid the majestic beauty of the river and surrounding area.
Using vintage equipment as well as an open "Safari Car" on its excursions, the
LS&M traces its roots back to 1863 and was the first railroad linking Duluth
with the Twin Cities.
Winter is chilly for most people with
temperatures often below 0 and plenty of snow.† Itís a great time to watch the
Sled Dog Marathon, held in February and to attend Winterfest.† Spring begins to
appear in April with temperatures rising each day.† You can expect a little late
snow in April,† but most days are crisp and pleasant. This is the time of the
Homegrown Music Festival, an annual, outdoor spring event.†
In the summer, Lake Superior is dotted with
boats, and many festivals occur.† The Lake Superior Swim and Beach Run takes
place in June., followed by the Duluth International Regatta, the Bayfront Blues
Festival, and the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival.†
Downtown Duluth hosts an annual three day
Country Music Festival on the July 4 holiday weekend for visitors who want to
experience a departure from the traditional one-day parade and fireworks.
Fall, tends to begin early, bringing with it the
colors of the season.† A favorite fall pastime is Hawk watching, held at the
Nature Reserve each year as well as Quilting on the Waterfront and Adventure
Duluth is a destination
offering endless variety and enjoyment.† It is a site
from which to celebrate the natural beauty of our country in every season,
throughout the year.