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All About Duluth
Some associate Duluth with a bygone era of locomotives, lighthouses, and small-but-mighty tugboats, but this quaint, authentic Minnesota town is much more than a journey into the past. The port city, located on the shores of Lake Superior, is the perfect place for those who choose to go a bit off the beaten path when it comes to their stays and vacations. Duluth has a long, fascinating history that is intertwined with the great railroads of the 19th century, and people interested in that once-indomitable industry will find plenty to see and investigate during their visit. Modern-day Duluth has plenty to offer to today’s traveler, with a wealth of secrets, hideouts, shops, and social gathering spots that are well worth seeking out.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Duluth
Wintertime in Minnesota and the American Midwest can be downright freezing. But don’t let that dissuade you from a late- or early-year visit: locals tend to wear their winter coats like badges of honor. Duluth turns it up a notch during the holiday season, as the Bentleyville Tour of Lights illuminates a dark winter’s evening. Outside of winter, spring is a frenzy of life and ice-thaw, and summer is a non-stop flurry of outdoor activity, maximum daylight, and minimum sleep. For those looking to rent a cabin in Duluth or take advantage of some vacation rentals, fall might be the finest season weather-wise.
Top things to do in Duluth
This historic mansion stretches across 20,000 square feet, and its Jacobean architectural style and period furnishings qualify it as a historic house museum, operated by the University of Minnesota Duluth. Tours, events, and concerts are regularly scheduled on the Glensheen grounds.
Take a Train Ride on the North Shore Scenic Railroad
The great American railroad corporations of the 19th century play a significant role in Duluth’s history, and the North Shore Scenic Railroad serves as a time-traveling portal back into that bygone transportation era. Schedule a trip on a restored, vintage train through downtown Duluth, Canal Park, and Two Harbors and feel the history as you roll over every picturesque bridge and timber trestle.
Canal Park is the centerpiece of Duluth’s downtown revival, and it’s no wonder it has become such a popular gathering spot for locals and out-of-towners alike. Take in the park’s sculpture garden after you hit up one of the many charming coffee shops, then enjoy a late lunch or dinner at the surrounding bistros and eateries. You can peruse the pier and watch the ships come in, then head out to the jazz club for an awesome evening’s entertainment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Duluth?
Duluth experiences a humid continental climate. Summers are warm and humid with highs around 75°F (24°C), while winters can be very cold, averaging around 15°F (-9°C). The city also sees significant snowfall in winter, making it a great place for winter sports.
What are some of the best things to do in Duluth?
Visitors to Duluth often explore the impressive Lake Superior Railroad Museum, stroll along Canal Park Drive, or take in the views from Enger Tower. For nature lovers, a visit to the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory or the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center is frequently suggested.
What is the best time of year to visit Duluth?
Duluth sees peak visitor numbers in summer, from June to August, when the weather is warmest. This time also coincides with the Duluth Airshow and the Bayfront Blues Festival. The Bentleyville 'Tour of Lights' in winter also attracts many visitors.
What are the best places to stay in Duluth?
Travelers often choose to stay in Canal Park, known for its proximity to the lake and shopping. Others prefer the charm of Downtown Duluth, the cultural heart of the city. For those seeking serenity, the Spirit Valley and Congdon neighborhoods are popular for their relaxed atmosphere.
What are the best places to visit in Duluth?
The most frequented places in Duluth include the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, the historic Glensheen Mansion, and the maritime-themed Canal Park. For art enthusiasts, the Tweed Museum of Art is often recommended.
What are some hiking trails in Duluth?
Duluth is home to many scenic hiking trails. The Superior Hiking Trail, Chester Park Trail, and Hartley Nature Center Trail are well-liked. For a longer hike, the Duluth Traverse Trail offers stunning lake views.
What are some family activities to do in Duluth?
Families in Duluth can enjoy a day at the Great Lakes Aquarium, ride the North Shore Scenic Railroad, or explore the Adventure Zone. For outdoor fun, a visit to Park Point Beach or the Duluth Children's Museum is often recommended.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Duluth?
Duluth has several interesting day trip destinations. Visitors can take a scenic drive along the North Shore, explore the natural beauty of Gooseberry Falls State Park, or discover the historic city of Superior, Wisconsin, just across the bay.
Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Duluth?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 240 vacation rentals in Duluth featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.
Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Duluth?
Four-legged friends are welcome in Duluth. Choose from more than 170 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.