A visit to Duluth is a must. Descending the bluff into town sprawled along the shore of Lake Superior, the largest body of freshwater in the world, feels like driving down a mountain to the sea. With its cobblestone main street, a downtown that gently recedes to residences as it steps up the hills and spreads north along the shore, and the promenade quality of Canal Park, Duluth feels more like a little European seaport than it does an American industrial city with more than 85,000 residents. Some of the best attractions are simply a part of everyday life in Duluth. The ancient Lift Bridge in Canal Park that allows barges, ships, and tall sailboats to pass between the lake and the harbor goes up and down as many as sixty times a day and is fascinating to watch over and over again. A freight train still runs regularly, filling barges with taconite and grain. Even the foghorn, sounding its eerie warning audible from the hilltops, is for real. Don’t be fooled by the weather at home when you pack to head north. Duluth can be hot, but no matter what the weather when you leave home, bring warm clothing—enough for the whole weekend. It will be warm in the summer when the sun is shining, but fog can roll in off the lake in less time than it takes to get out of your car, and you’ll be shivering just as quickly. Whether you’re jumping from rock to rock along the shore or cruising the harbor on a boat tour, you’ll find Lake Superior immensely appealing. Sites such as the Maritime Museum and Glensheen Mansion can fill an entire day, and hikes through any of the many parks and simple sightseeing will consume a weekend. You’ll just have to come back. Highlights include: ships, parks, history, and architecture. The detailed itinerary in this chapter is a driving tour that features extensive recommendations for sightseeing attractions, recreational activities, lodging, restaurants, shopping, and more.
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Quick Escapes: Minneapolis/St. Paul Guide Book