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What can I say about Duluth? As you come down I-35 into town, you literally descend 500 feet down a huge hill into town. You have an incredible view of Lake Superior, the canal, and the cities of Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin. You get the same views from Enger Tower up on the hill. It is a little tricky finding it, but the views are worth it! From the tower you can also see the iron ore and gravel in large piles awaiting transport by cargo ship to some destination unknown. If you're really interested in shipping, pick up a local newspaper to get the info on which ships are carrying what cargo on that day. For example, " a ship containing peas is bound for Malaysia.
The downtown of Duluth is very touristy. The streets are always crowded with cars and people. A small parking lot near the lift bridge usually has parking, but I'm never there when it is super touristy. The lift bridge is fun to watch - it goes up almost every half hour for large ships and pleasure boats to pass from the harbor into Lake Superior. You can see a lot of ore ships here. There is also a nice paved walking/biking path that follows the shore from the park by the lift bridge a couple of miles. You often see people out there walking on their lunch breaks.
Grandma's Restaurant is a popular local eatery, although it can get pretty packed in there.
Just across the lift bridge, still technically in Minnesota, is a sand beach area. But don't go swimming here! The water is frigid and the waves can get pretty choppy! But it is a great place to actually go and stick your feet in Lake Superior in a sandy spot. Most of the shoreline is rocky or rock beaches.
The DECC - the convention center in Duluth often has conventions (as its name suggests) or concerts or other forms of entertainment during the year.
Every June, Duluth is home to Grandma's Marathon. People from all over the world come to run the 26 some miles. If you are not running in the marathon, I would recommend avoiding the area for that weekend!
If you are looking for some indoor fun, there is a place on Lake Street, a couple of blocks from the lift bridge that has a bunch of arcade games, a rock climbing wall (Vertical Endeavors), and I think a merry-go-round? I stopped there a couple of times to climb. Yup, Duluth is a pretty and fun city to explore.