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Enger Tower

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.

Superior, Wisconsin
.."  Okay, maybe not exactly that, but it is interesting to see which goods are entering and leaving Duluth and where they are headed. 

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.

Boat by lift bridge
  The food is good, but there are lots of other great places to eat here.  If you are lucky, you can get a seat near the canal side windows for great ship watching during your meal.  There is a nice nautical museum near Grandma's and that parking lot. 

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.

DECC - Duluth Convention Center
  It is a short walk across pedestrian lift and a couple of blocks to the downtown shops and restaurants.  There is a ship museum in a little canal on the north side of the DECC, right by the pedestrian lift bridge.  The DECC is also connected to lots of buildings and hotels by a skyway - quite convenient for convention goers!

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. 

world-traveller123 says:
congrats, love this city,
Posted on: Jun 04, 2015
lauro says:
congrats alyssa!
Posted on: Jun 04, 2015
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Enger Tower
Enger Tower
Superior, Wisconsin
Superior, Wisconsin
Boat by lift bridge
Boat by lift bridge
DECC - Duluth Convention Center
DECC - Duluth Convention Center
Bleeding Heart
Bleeding Heart
Lift Bridge
Lift Bridge
Ship Museum
Ship Museum
Me at Enger Tower
Me at Enger Tower
Deer in park by Enger Tower
Deer in park by Enger Tower
Duluth Harbor
Duluth Harbor
Me above harbor
Me above harbor
Barge passing under lift bridge
Barge passing under lift bridge
A bit windy!  Minnesota Point
A bit windy! Minnesota Point
Dunes at Minnesota Point
Dunes at Minnesota Point
The lift bridge from Grandmas
The lift bridge from Grandma's
My parents, the tourists :)
My parents, the tourists :)
Duluth
photo by: petrarchanprincess