Visit the Big Lake--Gitche Gumee
The first place I would take someone upon visiting Duluth would be Canal Park and the Ariel Lift Bridge. We could sit down there and watch the big ocean and lakes freighters come and go under the bridge; have an ice cold lemonade or beer on Grandma's deck; take the lakewalk; enjoy an ice cream cone; shop in Canal Park and have lunch or dinner too! My fondest memory of Duluth is the big lake and watching the ships come and go. I miss the fog horns of the ships when they enter and and leave the harbor! We go to the visitduluth.com site in the winter just to hear the fog horns and look at pictures of the ships! If you haven't been to Duluth yet, you are missing out. Plan a summer trip first though!
Leif Erikson Park - Jay Cooke statue
Jay Cooke was the Gilded Age financier who was the main financial backer of Duluth in the late 19th century. He understood the geographic destiny of Duluth to become a key transportation center, and for a while he even believed that it might rival Chicago in its ultimate significance in American economic development. His contributions are also recognized at the nearby Jay Cooke State Park (see my VT page) which was named in his honor.
The Duluth girls are very nice
Duluth girlfriends are the best! I married mine. This is Becky on the shores of Lake Superior during the summer of 1989. She took me to see her hometown in August about 5 months after we started going out. Duluth can be cold in August--the first days that we were there it was drizzling and temps only in the 40s, but on this day when we returned from a camping trip up the coast, the weather was beautiful, as was Becky.
Baseball in a great old ballpark
I'm not a big sports fan, but I love an evening at the ballpark, and even moreso at a park like Wade Stadium. Wade was built back in the 1940s by the Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration and it's a lovely old brick and wood ballpark. Up until 2003 it was the home of the Dukes, a farm team for the big leagues. As of this summer it will be the home of the Huskies, which is a team somewhere between college and minor leagues. It doesn't matter, really. The smell of popcorn and the feel of wooden benches on a warm night with the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd is all you really need. Names are meaningless when the batter is standing in the box.
Ticket cost is very inexpensive ($5 - $8) and the food, while not great, is fairly inexpensive for the venue. A family of four can spend the evening there for under $50 easy.
Translated from french, this means the 'Great Swamp'. Located on a low flat area between two bays, Grand Marais is the county seat of Cook County and the largest town between Two Harbors, Minnesota and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Grand Marais is a thriving community of artist, northwoods clothing, a boat harbor, campground and access to the Gunflint Trail, which leads to the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), one of the largest wilderness areas usable by canoest. Canoe rentals, supplies, and routes area all available in town.
At 100 miles (160 km) northeast, it's a 2 hour drive offering many scenic views and plenty to do along the 'North Shore Drive'. My travelogue provides links and details of things to do and see.