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DuluthUnited States of America

One of the most scenic cities in the Midwest, Duluth overlooks Lake Superior and is known for its beautiful parks and signature landmark, the Aerial Lift Bridge.

Visit Duluth, Minnesota, to enjoy beautiful Lake Superior, historic architecture and a floating ship museum.

Begin your exploration of the city at the Aerial Lift Bridge in Canal Park along the waterfront, the city’s tourist district. Watch the bridge lift and massive ore boats pass through what appears to be an impossibly small canal opening. At the foot of the bridge is the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Stop by to learn about the Great Lakes history or take part in festivals and events, such as tours of tall ships. Check the visitor center website for details.

From Canal Park, take a half-mile (800 meter) stroll to the SS William A. Irvin. This U.S. Steel vessel once transported iron ore and coal, and sometimes guests, to Great Lakes ports. It’s now a floating ship museum that offers tours May through September.

Not far from the SS William A. Irvin is the Great Lakes Aquarium. Here, you can see hundreds of species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Learn about the incredible geological forces that shaped Lake Superior, feel the skin of a shovelnose sturgeon or even captain a virtual boat.

Join walkers and joggers on the Downtown Lakewalk that runs along the edge of Lake Superior between Canal Park and downtown Duluth.

In the city center, walk the bricked streets to take in the historic architecture that defines Duluth and browse galleries that support local artists.

Return to Canal Park to dine at both national chains and establishments that can only be found in Duluth. Relax with a Midwestern brew on tap paired with a burger, or enjoy a more intimate experience at an upscale steakhouse.

Duluth is often compared to San Francisco due to its steep hills, bridges and bay. As such, it can make walking or biking a bit difficult. Most travelers get around by car, but if you don’t have one, the city offers public transit as well as trolley services in the summer.

Where to stay in Duluth

Home. Raised on the shore of the greatest of the great lakes. Forever blown away by the beauty of Superior. The calm waters slowly rocked the ice. Visible just off the boardwalk in canal park.

Canal Park

4.5/5Wonderful!(172 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Canal Park is its panoramic lake views. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out AMSOIL Arena and Bayfront Festival Park.

Canal Park
Duluth which includes a garden, hiking or walking and tranquil scenes

Downtown - Waterfront

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,160 area reviews)

Downtown - Waterfront is beloved for its panoramic lake views. Take some time to explore sights in the area like AMSOIL Arena and North Shore Scenic Railroad.

Downtown - Waterfront
This massive body of fresh water never disappoints. Her beauty is subtle and constantly changing. The evening waves easily lull all who visit. The sky melts into the lake, seemingly into one.
#aquatrove

North Shore

Travelers enjoy North Shore for its beaches and restaurants. Consider checking out Lake Superior while you're in the area.

North Shore
The falls known as "Almost Always" referring to the concept that you almost always need to portage around this area. #Adventure

Lakeside - Lester Park

While visiting Lakeside - Lester Park, you might make a stop by sights like Lake Superior and Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.

Lakeside - Lester Park
Lake Superior from the waterfront in Duluth, Minnesota. Seagulls and peaceful waves. The largest lake in the world is like a fresh water ocean. July 27, 2012

East Hillside

If you're spending some time in East Hillside, Lake Superior and Chester Park are top sights worth seeing.

East Hillside
Beautiful fall colors in northern Minnesota.

Riverside

Riverside might not have many top sights, but Spirit Mountain and Lake Superior Zoo are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Riverside

Top Hotels in Duluth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Canal Park Lodge
Canal Park Lodge
3 out of 5
250 Canal Park Dr, Duluth, MN
The price is $178 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

Located in Canal Park, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum and Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. AMSOIL ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,154 reviews)

"Beautiful place, right on the water and close to all the touristy shops and restaurants! Went here for our honeymoon and it was an amazing place, highly recommend!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Canal Park Lodge
The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza
The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza
2.5 out of 5
325 Lake Avenue S., Duluth, MN
The price is $119 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22

This family-friendly Duluth hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, Duluth Entertainment Convention ...

4.2/5Very Good! (906 reviews)

"Very spacious rooms! Awesome location right Downtown Duluth. Love that they’re pet friendly!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza
Park Point Marina Inn
Park Point Marina Inn
3 out of 5
1033 Minnesota Ave, Duluth, MN
The price is $106 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Park Point, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aerial Lift Bridge, Great Lakes Aquarium, and Bayfront Festival Park. Duluth Entertainment Convention ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,789 reviews)

"Good place to stay, very clean and the hotel is very maintain and very close to all you need like place to eat."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Park Point Marina Inn

Popular places to visit in Duluth

Gooseberry Falls State Park
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Gooseberry Falls State Park

5/5(106 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Gooseberry Falls State Park, a popular green space in Two Harbors. Wander the lakeside and beaches in this romantic area.

Aerial Lift Bridge
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Aerial Lift Bridge

4.5/5(881 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Duluth with a visit to Aerial Lift Bridge. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Bayfront Festival Park
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Bayfront Festival Park

4.5/5(212 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Bayfront Festival Park, a lovely green space in Duluth. Stroll along the waterfront in this family-friendly area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Duluth

Duluth Scavenger Hunt: A Superior City
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Duluth Scavenger Hunt: A Superior City

$20
Per adult
30 Mile - North Shore Helicopter Tour
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30 Mile - North Shore Helicopter Tour

$204
Per adult

Reviews of Duluth

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

Despite the COVID issues Duluth was still beautiful and safe. Many of the restaurants are going out of their way to serve you and make it a fun experience! You definitely need to go!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

There at the end of the covid lockdown so not too much open but there were enough choices to make it work for the weekend - great place to bike around with beautiful scenery and friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

We love the entire Duluth/North shore area!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

The time was during covid so everything was closed went to superior Wisconsin and had a nice break from the Minnesota shut down had a sit down meal and a drink for the first time in 2 months.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Seemed to be a nice town.

5/5 - Excellent

James

May 25, 2020

Fun town!

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