Lake Superior glitters with summer rays of sun behind a Duluth skyline defined by solid urban shapes, an international harbor in Minnesota's northwest corner. This lively city, one of the largest in the state, is a hub for both outdoors enthusiasts and a popular destination for visitors searching out sophisticated shops, crisp green parks, big ships and historic homes.
By no means an overwhelming metropolis ? Duluth has a population well shy of 100,000 ? this is, nonetheless, one of the busiest port cities in the world, and manages to strike a pleasant balance between business and pleasure no matter the temperature. This is a destination the whole family will enjoy, and the occasional bear or moose wandering through city limits isn't complaining either.
Divide your time here between sights in Duluth and the wilderness a stone's throw out. The city itself lines Lake Superior for 26 miles, but most of the important sites are central to downtown. Leave time, during your stay, to do a bit of ship watching, explore the Great Lakes Aquarium, hop a harbor cruise and check out the museums house in "The Depot" (St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center). If it's historic architecture you're after, head for Superior Street and or take a guided tour through the sweeping estate, Glensheen. Entertain any children in tow on a trip through the Lake Superior Zoo, then enjoyed a scenic train ride part way around the lake or along the St. Louis River.
It might require more effort to single out some outdoor activity from the selection at hand. When Lake Superior swells are within reason, consider a day of charter fishing, sea kayaking, sailing, or swimming. Land lovers (and lubbers) can stick to one of Duluth's many local parks and city trails or venture energetically on to the northern wilderness. Don't think that snow slows anyone down in this area ? there are miles of cross-country ski routes in Duluth proper, and downhill runs on offer at Spirit Mountain at the south end of town.
Duluth is 143 miles northeast of Saint Cloud and 157 miles north of Minneapolis.