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Welcome to Duluth


Situated on the westernmost end of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, Duluth's international harbour is filled with ships and the city bustles with sailors and the arrival of new wares. Although miles from either coast, Lake Superior is connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the St Lawrence River. The authentically restored waterfront can be explored along the Lakewalk Trail, or the scenic Skyline Parkway drive above the lakeshore on the bluffs, which affords magnificent views of the city and harbour.

The city itself is quiet, yet there is much to see and do in Duluth. Because of its location it has always been a busy shipping port, and there are enough antique shops, cafes, restaurants and other diversions. The city's two universities ensure the bars and pubs are always bustling during the semester. Kids will enjoy the Great Lakes Aquarium and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, while adults will enjoy the well-preserved house and grounds of the Glensheen Mansion.

The spectacular Scenic Hwy-61 (North Shore Scenic Drive) follows the shore of Lake Superior for 150 miles (240km) from Duluth to the Canadian border, its precipitous cliffs interspersed with pretty little harbour towns, charming shops and restaurants, waterfalls and beautiful lake-view picnic sites.

The Split Rock Lighthouse is popular for hiking, picnics, and photo opportunities. There are several state parks and hiking trails along the way, including the long distance Superior Hiking Trail, and the unspoilt beauty of immense Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that draws canoeists from around the world to its pristine lakes and streams. 30 miles (48km) north, Gooseberry Falls State Park has excellent walking trails. Duluth is roughly six hours' drive from Minneapolis, the nearest major city and airport.

The best time to visit Duluth is in autumn, when the fall foliage is truly spectacular. Winters can be unforgivingly cold, while late summer provides idyllic weather for enjoying the spectacular scenery.

Information & Facts

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

Part of Superior National Forest, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (also known as the BWCA), is an immense chain of lakes in north-eastern Minnesota that is extremely popular for canoeing, camping and fishing. With more than a million acres of pristine wilderness, it's no wonder the Boundary Waters is the most visited wilderness area in the United States. Visitors can hike through forests, and canoe along thousands of miles of water routes. No motor vehicles or boats are allowed in the park, and there are strict guidelines as to leaving the area as you found it. Combine this with the fact that you may explore for days without seeing another person, and you understand why the Boundary Waters is the perfect place to get lost in nature.

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