Things to Do in Duluth
The Zenith City
Duluth is famous for many things – it is one of the busiest ports in the country, is considered the most scenic city in the Midwest and once had the highest number of millionaires per capita in the country. Duluth owes its last distinction to its status as a shipping town that first traded in furs, and then in iron ore, timber and grain. Located in Northern Minnesota, Duluth is built on a 700-foot hill that overlooks the scenic ‘Lake Superior’. The city enjoys year-round cool weather, making it a popular destination to visit during warmer summer months. To learn about the coolest things to do in Duluth, do check out our list below.
Aerial Lift Bridge
The bridge is Duluth’s most iconic landmark and was built as the first transporter bridge in America. The bridge spans the ‘Duluth Ship Canal’ and can be raised to its full height of 135 feet, in only a minute. The bridge connects the Park Point Sandbar to the Canal Park – a tourist and recreation district. A former cluster of old warehouses has been transformed into tourist-friendly restaurants, antiques and other novelties shops, cafes and hotels. Do check out the 4.2 mile lake walk, The lighthouse pier, The Maritime Visitor Center and The Floating Ship Museum. This district definitely has something for everyone! Make sure to consider the park when sketching your itinerary of the best things to do in Duluth.
You can climb to the very top of this 80-foot, five-storey observation tower for some of the best views of the ‘Twin Ports’. The tower is made of blue stone and has lookouts on every level, from where you can gaze out at the gorgeous scenery. The tower was built as a tribute to Bert Enger- a businessman and a philanthropist who donated a sizeable chunk of his estate to the city. The tower was renovated in 2011.