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This port city on Lake Superior offers dramatic views of the Duluth Harbor and picturesque city hillside. Whether it’s the recreational trails, craft breweries, diverse dining, entertainment venues or the Big Lake, Duluth has something for everyone.

Artwork by artist Troy Becker, for DESTINATIONS magazine.
Artwork by artist Troy Becker, for DESTINATIONS magazine.

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NOTEWORTHY THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Spend a day at Brighton Beach

(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)
(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)

Located in Kitchi Gammi Park, Brighton Beach is known for its smooth stones, crashing waves and stunning views of Lake Superior. It’s a popular destination for picnicking, sunbathing and relaxing in hammocks. The best times to visit are sunrise and sunset.

Watch the ships at Canal Park

(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)
(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)

Watching the ships is the highlight of a trip to Canal Park. While you’re there, check out the many shops and restaurants; the free Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center & Park; and games and concerts at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and Amsoil Arena. Bayfront Festival Park, the Great Lakes Aquarium and downtown are within walking distance. Learn more at canalpark.com/things-to-do.

Enjoy panoramic views from Ely's Peak

(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)
(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)

Hike to Ely’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views of the city and Lake Superior by accessing the Superior Hiking Trail at 123rd Avenue West on the Munger State Trail and traveling east to the Magney-Snively trailhead. The total distance is 4.3 miles. More information is available at shta.org.



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See who's been voted the 'Best of the Best' of Duluth

Who was voted the Duluth area’s “Best of the Best” in 2020? Here are some of the Duluth News Tribune's People's Choice Awards winners. For a full list, visit the Best of the Best online.

(Duluth News Tribune File Photo of The Boat Club)
(Duluth News Tribune File Photo of The Boat Club)

  • Best RestaurantBoat Club: According to The Boat Club’s website, this restaurant is “a nautically simplistic space inspired by the amazing view of Lake Superior right out the dining room windows, and the rich Duluth boating and shipping history. This local flair continues with the menu that includes fresh local fish, fresh seafood, high quality steaks and homemade pastas.”

  • Best Brew Pub / TaproomURSA Minor: “Our mission at Ursa Minor Brewing is to unite people through incredible craft beer and give people genuine experiences, meaningful connections, and a chance to give back to the community around them.”

  • Best BurgerAnchor Bar: “We are a small but a very unique and popular establishment. We serve burgers and fries, that’s it folks -- no chicken or fish and, according to many people, we have the best in the, well, I have heard city, Twin Ports, state and world, so take your pick!”

  • Best MuseumGlensheen: According to their website, come “see why Glensheen Mansion, perched on the shore of Lake Superior, is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. Our 12-acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th-century craftsmanship, telling the story of the Duluth region.”

  • Best ParkGooseberry Falls: According to the website, Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife. Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships, or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow.





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Locals Love This: Enger Tower

(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)
(Duluth News Tribune File Photo)

This five-story stone tower on the city hillside overlooks the Duluth Harbor and St. Louis Bay. It was dedicated by Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway in 1939. Stroll through the Japanese garden, which features thousands of flowers and a peace bell gifted from Duluth’s sister city, Ohara, Japan.

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