Duluth is located in Minnesota’s Saint Louis County. Duluth sits along U.S. highway 61 and is near Chequamegon National Forest and is right on the westernmost tip of Lake Superior. Duluth has a population of 86,265 and was founded in 1857. Duluth is a palette of rich colors. You’ll discover deep plums and shimmering golds in the cobbled streets, stunning mansions – like Glensheen – and engaging museums. Beautiful purples and oranges in the sunsets and at the center of it all, a city steeped in green. Duluth blends with nature like no the city in the world, and it’s a perfect fit for those seeking an eco-friendly getaway. In Duluth, you’re always mere minutes from greenspace. You can explore more than 11,000 acres of open and wooded land within city limits – that’s more greenspace than any other American city!
You can hike, bike or backpack miles of trails adorned with majestic forests, cascading waterfalls and breathtaking streams. You can get up close to wildlife – from eagles at Hawk Ridge to whitetail deer and grey fox in the Superior National Forest. With so many trails covering any terrain you fancy, the biggest challenge in Duluth is figuring out where to start. The Superior Hiking Trail, one of Reader’s Digest’s “Five Walks to Remember”, bisects the city of Duluth, providing breathtaking views of the lake. This 200+ mile trail stretching north to the Canadian border, draws tens of thousands people each year. Lake Superior is part of everything they do there, and it’s one of the most compelling reasons to visit. From nearly any point of the city, you’ll have a lake view.
The city’s most famous landmark, the Aerial Lift Bridge, welcomes more than 1,000 ships into port every year. Originally built in 1905, it was upgraded in 1929 to the design you see today. Spend an afternoon on the pier, and you’ll see everything from sailboats to 1,000 foot freighters pass underneath. Why settle for the shoreline when you can get out there – and get an entirely different view of the water? Rent a canoe or kayak and take a paddle along the North Shore, with its splendid rocky cliffs and lush greenery. For a taste of Lake Superior, charter a boat – you could reel in trout, walleye, and delicious swimmers. For more information on everything Duluth check out the Visitor Center open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5pm year-round.