Duluth is a seaport city located on Lake Superior where the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota meet. Home of the popular University of Minnesota Duluth and it's highly ranked hockey team, Duluth has been voted as Outside Magazine's "Best Town Ever". We stayed at a brand new Residence Inn which featured breakfast and weeknight dinners with a very helpful staff. Upon checking in, they asked us what we were doing for the evening. "We aren't sure" we said. We were then directed to the Lake Walk and Canal Park and were told we definitely shouldn't miss it. So off we went!
Our first stop was Canal Park. A popular park in the shadow of the Aerial Lift Bridge, which is Duluth's most famous landmark, it is also home to Grandma's Restaurant and the extremely popular Grandma's Marathon. Held every June since 1977, it's billed as Fresh Air. Fresh Water. Fresh Race. It starts in the woods, goes along the coast of Lake Superior and ends at a pub.(when it was first started, there were only 150 participants and they couldn't get sponsors except Grandma's Restaurant) We were able to watch the lift bridge and see a ship head out onto the lake - mighty lucky I'd say!
The Lake Walk is a 7.5 mile boardwalk along the shores of Lake Superior which leads you to Canal Park. There are benches along the way to stop and watch the ships going in and out of the harbor. And hotels and restaurants along the way also. We stopped for an adult beverage at the likeable Canal Park Brewing Company where tables were set up on the patio for sunset viewing. And cornhole games were being played in the parking lot.
So Duluth, you really surprised me! I was sad to only have an evening to explore this friendly city with loads to do. My opinion might not be the same in the dead of winter but for that summer evening, it sure was fun.
Stay tuned next week as we drive the shore of Lake Superior!
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