Duluth Journals

Highlights of Duluth

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A June 2002 trip to Duluth by wanderluster

Minnesota State Offices: Jay Cooke State Park Photo, Duluth, Minnesota More Photos
Quote: If you enjoy watching ships, crave beautiful coastal scenery, being active outdoors year round, and don't mind brisk weather, visit Duluth. I spent summers here as a child, but recently revisited with my husband en route to Minnesota's North Shore for a hiking vacation. It's still wonderful.

Highlights of Duluth

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Overview

The Aerial Bridge is Duluth's Photo, Duluth, Minnesota
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Outside Magazine rated Duluth as one of the best places to live in America for outdoor enthusiasts. And I would have to agree. On the shores of Lake Superior, Duluth offers exciting year round opportunities to participate in sports and outside adventures. In the summer there's boating, kayaking and canoeing, mountain biking, rollerblading along the pier, and hiking to beautiful waterfalls in nearby state parks. Winter sports such as dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, hockey, ice fishing and ice skating will keep you exhausted in Minnesota's lengthy season. The cold does not prevent people around here from going outside! Although the city maintains th...Read More

Manor on the Creek

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Hotel

Manor on the Creek Photo, Duluth, Minnesota
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Manor on the Creek is a 1907 Craftsman styled mansion beautifully situated on a high hill in a quiet residential area dotted with other historical B&B's. There are 4 standard rooms and 4 suites on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The main floor has several sitting areas throughout the open space and a billiard room which guests are welcome to use. Although it is a gorgeous home with luxurious furnishings, I don't believe I'd stay here again. The hostess seemed uptight and rather controlling. She frowned and pointed at our (clean) shoes when we entered because no shoes are allowed beyond the doorway. Then methodically went through the house rules and gave us a $25 gift certificate to u...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

Manor on the Creek
2215 East 2nd Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55812
(218) 728-3189

New Scenic Cafe

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Restaurant

New Scenic Cafe Photo, Duluth, Minnesota
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The Scenic Café is located across the highway from Lake Superior along the North Shore Drive 15 miles northeast of Duluth. We stopped here for lunch one afternoon and were pleasantly surprised with the service, atmosphere and food. The restaurant is housed in a long narrow green building with a metal roof. There was an assortment of black metal tables and chairs for outside dining on the patio bordered by tree trunks and decorated with brightly painted wooden animals. Inside additional "spirits" hung from the wooden ceiling–yellow striped fish, blue polka dotted fish, red reindeers, green and blue birds–giving the place a funky, zany feel. All "spirits" are for sale. These artsy ani...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

New Scenic Cafe
5461 North Shore Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55804
(218) 525-6274

Canal Park Attractions - Waterfront Pier

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Canal Park Attractions - Waterfront Pier Photo, Duluth, Minnesota
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An Aerial Lift Bridge raises 140 feet in 55 seconds allowing huge ore ships to pass through the international port. Duluth shipping news provides daily information on the ocean bound "salties" and great lake carriers "lakers" that pass through the canal, so you can watch them from the pier while eating cotton candy or drinking malted milkshakes. A free Maritime Museum located in the Visitor Center in Canal Park also posts current arrival and departure times of scheduled ships expected in the harbor on a computer screen near the entrance. A colorful mural, ship memorabilia, model ships and replicas of ship cabins, steam engines and...Read More

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Canal Park Attractions - Waterfront Pier
North Shore of Lake Superior
Duluth, Minnesota

Minnesota State Offices: Jay Cooke State Park

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Attraction | "Jay Cooke State Park"

Minnesota State Offices: Jay Cooke State Park Photo, Duluth, Minnesota
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"Rugged topography, abundant wildlife, cascading water and panoramic views of the rocky St. Louis River gorge mark the unique character of this 9000 acre park" says a sign as you enter Jay Cooke State Park, just 15 miles south of Duluth. A porcupine crossing the road and climbing a tree was the first thing we saw as we drove into the park grounds. A Visitor Center displayed exhibits on the geology, flora and wildlife we could expect to see. We grabbed some trail maps and set out to explore the park. We crossed a swinging bridge over St. Louis River and saw unusual rootbeer colored frothy water cascading over rocks, which we learned resulted from tanic acid. After crossing...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

Minnesota State Offices: Jay Cooke State Park
780 Highway 210
Duluth, Minnesota 55718
(218) 384-4610

Great Lakes Aquarium

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Great Lakes Aquarium Photo, Duluth, Minnesota
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Duluth has a wonderful Great Lakes Aquarium highlighting the freshwater fish, ships, geology, weather, wildlife, origins, rivers and islands of Lake Superior. There are over 25 permanent exhibits including 2 huge water tanks and a traveling exhibit that changes yearly. The special exhibit during our visit showcased Africa's Lake Victoria, the world's largest tropical lake. Displays compared Lake Victoria to Lake Superior, and included Nile crocodiles, birds, pythons, bullfrogs and lungfish. Kids had fun crawling through the python tunnel judging from their squeals and excitement. Displays also depicted the art, culture and people of Africa from the Lake Victoria region. On the main...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2002

Great Lakes Aquarium
353 Harbor Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
(218) 733-2683