Aside from the Twin Cities, which comprise St
Paul and Minneapolis,
Duluth Minnesota is the third largest city in Minnesota.
From its commanding position on Lake Superior's
tip Duluth attractions are plentiful making the city a
great place to visit for a holiday. The largest inland
port in the world is Duluth's harbor and many attractions
are in the vicinity. The well-known aerial lift bridge,
built in 1905 in an "elevator style", is near
the departure point of boat cruises for Duluth travel
along the National Scenic Byway. Adventures cruises also
take you near Two Harbors along the North Shore Scenic Railroad.
Duluth tourism is ripe in the warmer months when there are many things to do and see outdoors.
The Great Lakes Aquarium is an often visited site featuring freshwater exhibits in a three-tiered waterfront building. Habitats are re-made and interactive while other educational displays provide lots of fun for families during Duluth travel.
Duluth attractions also include the famous Glensheen Estate. Built circa 1905 and mirroring a 17th century country residence, the estate encompasses thirty-nine rooms, most with art original art pieces and furniture. Often called an "American Castle" the estate looks much like when it was first erected by the Congdon family. Magnificent scenes of Lake Superior can be seen from the majestic, wooded lot.
Hawk Ridge National Reserve's foremost mission is protecting migratory birds and birds of prey in the western area of Lake Superior. Duluth tourism during Autumn is the best time to watch for hawks. From the middle of August through November an average of 94,000 Raptors migrate past the ridge providing a breathtaking spectacle of events.
The history of the Superior National Forest dates back to 1909 and is an excellent area for camping in Minnesota. Water, rock and land converge in three million acres where many rivers and lakes offer opportunities for excellent fishing, canoeing and kayaking during a Duluth MN vacation. During the winter months skiing, both at Chester Bowl Ski Area and Spirit Mountain, is a favorite pastime. Glade woods skiing, long runs and staggering vertical drops provide excellent outdoor fun.
Make sure to visit the beautiful and scenic Hermit Island and Devil's Island, both part of the Apostle Islands network on Lake Superior. Explore sandy beaches, sea caves, shipwrecks and lighthouses during your Duluth MN vacation. The Lakewalk is another fantastic outdoor adventure with sloping, hilly terrain running alongside the lake's edge. City folks favor this area for mountain biking, jogging and skating.
For indoor, high-energy excitement in Duluth travel to one of the casinos in wait Lady Luck. For those who love the thrill of a casino backdrop both Black Bear Casino and Fond-Du-Luth Casino in Duluth Minnesota offer a wealth of slots and table games. Duluth tourism runs rampant at the lively Entertainment Convention Center. It's the regions largest, modern event complex and hosts an action-packed calender of events. Exhibits, live performances and a variety of shows are held each month.
Step back into history during
your Duluth MN vacation and visit some of the interesting
historic sites. The S. S. Meteor & Maritime Museum
features the "S.S. Meteor" which was known
as a "whaleback ship" and the design enabled
it to sail near the surface of the ocean while transporting
goods through the area. The 42-room Fairlawn Mansion is
another point of historical interest built in 1889. The
estate is replete with hand-painted ceilings, rich woodwork
and intricate fixtures throughout. Built in Queen Anne
style the home is now one of the major Duluth attractions.
The possibilities for fun and excitement, both indoors
and out, is what makes a Duluth MN vacation so intriguing.
With Lake Vermillion and Voyageurs National
Park due north of Duluth Minnesota, activities are
hard to exhaust!