Duluth Journals

"The San Franciso of the Midwest"

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A travel journal to Duluth by g3

Quote: This local nickname for Duluth is a stretch, I can assure you, since I've lived in both cities. But there are enough similarities; the steep, inclined streets, the magnificent views of the water, both cities' economic dependence on two industries: shipping and tourism. The differences are obvious. While San Francisco is a cosmopolitan, international city, Duluth is a classic upper midwestern, industrial port town that, until recently, had seen better days. Thanks to tourism and the city's beautiful natural surroundings, those better days are on their way back. It may never be San Francisco, but with its unique geography and interesting activities, maybe it doesn't need to be.

"The San Franciso of the Midwest"

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Overview

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The first thing to know about Duluth is that it is a harbor town. As such, the water is the center of activity and the best place to start your visit is in Canal Park. This one-time warehouse district is now ground-zero for a visit to Duluth. Located just to the east of downtown and the interstate, Canal Park is the bustling center of the Duluth revival. Several hotels are located here as are many of the best restaurants and most of the nightlife. Canal Park is also easy walking distance to all the major attractions in town, including the new Great Lakes Aquarium and the William S. Irvin. Other nearby sites include the Omnimax theater and Park Point. One of the most unique, and most visible, lan...Read More

Fitgers Brewhouse

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Restaurant

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The Brewhouse is located inside the Fitger's Brewery Complex, the site of a turn-of-the-century brewery that has been renovated and now features several shops and the highly rated Fitger's Inn. The pub itself has the feel of a local's pub in a Colorado ski resort, with warm, wood decor and an eclectic mix of old beer signs and tap handles adorning the walls and ceiling. The food is better than the typical 'pub grub' and the menu offers a large variety, from burgers to vegetarian. My favorites include their chili, the 'California Chicken sandwich as well as their Black Bean Burrito served with Blue Corn Chips. Regardless of what you eat, the real star here is the beer, which is brew...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2001

Fitgers Brewhouse
600 East Superior Street
Duluth, Minnesota 5802
218-726-1392

New Scenic Cafe

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Restaurant

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This tiny restaurant, located about twenty minutes north of town along the scenic North Shore highway, sits across the street from Lake Superior and provides a casually elegant night out. No need to get dressed up, but many folks do. People come here for the food, not to critique their neighbor's wardrobe. The menu is not expansive, but everything we've ever had here has been superb. They describe their food as 'global fusion with a northern Minnesota touch.' Recent favorites of mine included the Pistachio crusted Walleye and the chipotle chicken with grilled polenta. I've heard their weekend brunch is excellent and, while I haven't had it yet, I don't doubt that it is. We had New Year’s Eve di...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2001

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

Park Point Recreation Area

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Attraction

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Over the eons, the prevailing winds that passed over Duluth's ridgeline deposited sand on this eastern point of Lake Superior and created Park Point, the longest freshwater sandbar in the world. You may not come to Duluth looking for a beautiful beach, but it is here! The Chippewa called this place Shaga-wa-mik, or 'narrow point of land." To get here, cross over the Lift Bridge in Canal Park and start driving. Actually, as soon as you cross over the bridge, you are on Park Point but the recreation area is about three miles east past the residential section. Park at the local airport and take the gravel road to the left. This is the trailhead which leads you at to the eastern most tip of the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2001

Park Point Recreation Area
across the Lift Bridge from Duluth
Duluth, Minnesota

Chester Bowl

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Attraction

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Duluth has something like 23 major streams that drain into The Lake, and many have carved scenic ravines into the ridgeline and hillside that the city sits along. These ravines make for terrific hiking and Chester Bowl is no exception. The Chester Creek Trail is a 2.2 mile round trip that can be entered from the top at Skyline Boulevard bridge under Chester Bowl or else at the bottom across from Whole Foods Co-op at the intersection of 4th and 15th. This is a serious hill, so either way you will spend a mile going up and a mile going down. The trail runs both sides of the creek, so you have the choice of returning along a different trail than you come in on. Much of the trail is mai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2001

Chester Bowl
Intersection of 4th Street & 15th Avenue East
Duluth, Minnesota

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g3

g3
Minneapolis, Minnesota