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Guest Post: 8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota

May 29, 2017
8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota
I am very excited by this guest post. When I ask for guest posts, most people suggest non-US locations and that is great, but I was excited to get one from a place in the US and from a place I haven’t been to myself.

Duluth, Minnesota is a picturesque city settled on the banks of the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. From foodies to adventurists, Duluth has an array of activities and things to do. Whether it be summer or winter, visitors never run out of ways to spend their time here but if you need a few ideas, here are 8 ways to spend your time around the city of Duluth, Minnesota.

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1. Overlook Duluth at Enger Tower

Atop Enger hill overlooking the beautiful city of Duluth stands Enger Tower, an 80-foot, five-story observation tower built in 1939. Enger Tower was built in dedication to Bert Enger, a native of Norway who came here to be a furniture seller. When he died, over half of his estate was donated to the city of Duluth – this included the areas of Enger Park, the Tower, and golf course.

8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota

8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, MinnesotaThis picture is from Wikipedia

2. Wander Canal Park

Canal Park in Duluth is visitors’ one-stop shop for everything gifts, food, lodging, things to do, events, and more. The area sits upon the shore of the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior, and used to be a warehouse district, which has been converted into a variety of restaurants, hotels, cafés, and shops.

8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota

A few of Canal Park’s attractions include the Aerial Lift Bridge, a lighthouse pier, and a 4.2-mile-long lake walk. Additionally, visitors interested in boats can watch vessels from all over the world enter the bay near Duluth, going under the iconic lift bridge.

3. Check out the Aerial Lift Bridge

The most famous landmark in all of Duluth, the Aerial Lift Bridge was finished being built in 1905, making it over 100 years old and the oldest landmark in the city. The length of the bridge spans 386 feet, has a clearance of 180 feet, and weighs over 900 tons. There’s only one other bridge in the world similar to the Aerial Lift Bridge, which is located in Rouen, France. The bridge is operated 24 hours a day and during the busy season in spring or summer, the bridge lifts an average of 26 times per day.

8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota

4. Waterfall Hunting in Congdon Park

Located in the middle of Duluth, burrowed between residential neighborhoods, Congdon Park can be explored by avid hikers, casual walkers, and families in search of fun. When descending into the park, it feels as though you’re entering a different world; surrounded by billion-year-old red volcanic rock, lush greens, thick mosses, and pulsing waterfalls – hiking in Congdon Park is anything but boring.

8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota

“There is no combination of stream and hillsides, woodland, waterfall and canyon in or near any other American city that is capable of development for beauty and utility comparing with that lying on both sides of Tischer Creek,” wrote landscape engineer A.U. Morrell of New York City.

5. Explore Gooseberry Falls State Park

Known as the gateway to the North Shore and Lake Superior, Gooseberry Falls State Park is an area filled with beautiful waterfalls, an array of hiking trails, flourishing wildlife, and stunning foliage. As visitors wander around the park, the thunderous rumble of the water plummeting into the rocky gorges from the three largest of the falls can be heard from all around.

8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota

To make the most out of your visit, make sure to stop in the visitor’s center to read up on the history of the park, find park information, watch park videos, view interpretive displays, and more. Also, summer is the best time to visit – but head to the park early, as it gets extremely busy!

8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota

6. View Split Rock Lighthouse

Considered one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the United States, Split Rock Lighthouse was completed in 1910 and is a National Historic Landmark; a beacon in northern Minnesota. The wreckage of multiple ships spurred the building of the lighthouse, which explorers can read all about in the visitor’s center. And after reading about the history of the lighthouse, visitors can hike the trails throughout the state park and wander down to the shoreline of Lake Superior.

8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota

7. Marvel the Views at Palisade Head

This remarkable area shouldn’t be passed up if you have a vehicle and some time while in Duluth, Minnesota. Palisade Head is filled with heart-stopping cliffs, jagged rocks, awe-inspiring sights of Lake Superior, and picture-worthy viewpoints. Just don’t get too excited taking pictures of Lake Superior – which looks like the ocean from up here – or you might lose your footing and go falling off the edge!

8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota

8. Tour the Glensheen Mansion

Operated by the University of Minnesota Duluth as a museum, the 39-room Glensheen Mansion and the 7.6-acre estate was built by Chester Congdon on the banks of Lake Superior between 1905 and 1908. The mansion is perhaps most known for the “incident” that happened in 1977; Glensheen was the site of the murders of Elisabeth Congdon and her nurse, Velma Pietila, on June 27. For many years, tour guides were forbidden from talking about and answering questions related to the murders, but now they will answer questions at the end of the tour and there’s a book about the murders available for purchase in the gift shop.

8 Ways to Spend Your Time Around Duluth, Minnesota

So, there you have it: 8 things to do around Duluth, Minnesota. Let me know – have you ever heard of Duluth? Or have you ever been here?

This is a guest blog post written by Sophie Anderson, founder of The Wanderful Me travel blog. She’s a clumsy traveler tripping her way around the world in search of mouthwatering vegan food and wild adventures. If you want to see what she’s up to, check out her blog or follow her on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter

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  • Reply Parul Thakur May 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    This is super helpful. I am visiting Minneapolis this July and was planning to head to Duluth. Will check these attractions 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Tiffany May 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      I am so glad! And a little jealous. It is so pretty. Come back and let us know how it was.

  • Reply Keri | Ladies What Travel June 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I know very little about Minnesota – looks like lots of lovely natural sites though! #FarawayFiles

    • Reply Tiffany June 1, 2017 at 11:51 am

      I knew basically nothing. It’s so pretty. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Katy Clarke June 1, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I confess I dont know too much about Minnesota, but I do now! Love that cute lighthouse and the spectacular waterfalls. American landscapes can be so spectacular – just like in Duluth! #FarawayFiles

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 11:19 am

      I didn’t either. I loved this post since I learned something new. Minnesota is pretty!

  • Reply Sophie • The Wanderful Me June 2, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write a post about my beautiful home state of Minnesota! I’m so glad you liked it; Duluth is a gorgeous place!

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Thank you for sharing it with us. I had no idea it was so pretty!

  • Reply Shelley June 3, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I love your posts because you always highlight places I’d never normally consider! Love the look of a Minnesota ?

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 11:42 am

      So glad you like them! I had no idea it was so pretty!!

  • Reply Emmalene June 3, 2017 at 11:44 am

    It’s always interesting reading about places that may not be on the typical tourist trail, thanks Sophie for writing and Tiffany for sharing ?

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Isn’t it! Minnesota is now on my list. Thanks for reading.

  • Reply Ritu June 3, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    What stunning Photos! Another place I need to put on my go to list…sigh!

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      It’s now on mine too!!

  • Reply Debbie June 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    This is really interesting and somewhere I’ve not heard of at all. Great photos too!

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      I had no idea is was so beautiful either. I was so happy to have Sophie write a post for me.

  • Reply Gabe June 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I would never have expected Deluth to be such a picturesque location! Next time I’m back in the states, I’ll have to check it out!

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Me either! It is on my list too.

  • Reply Lorna June 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I could really get a good workout on the paths along the bridge and park! I want to drive into those photos. Maybe not the waterfall one, though.

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      You could get a great workout there! I want to dive into the waterfalls!

  • Reply Brenda June 3, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Beautiful pictures and part of the world. Nice to see pictures closer to home. There is something (for me) about cliffs and water.

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      They great photos. It is so nice to see a place in the US!

  • Reply Angela Noel June 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I’m delighted to see this post! I live in Minnesota and have visited Duluth a few times. Glensheen is a very interesting walk backwards in time. Gooseberry Falls delivers as a beautiful spot for photos and to listen only to the music of the water to let your thoughts run free. I’ve never been hiking in Congdon Park. Now I want to go! Thanks for the post!

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      I am so happy you liked it. I was so happy to get a guest post about a place in the US that I hadn’t been to.

  • Reply Becca @ The Married Cat Lady June 3, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I’ve never been to Minnesota, but I’ve heard it’s beautiful. These pictures definitely reinforce that, too! We may have to make a trip one of these days to check out these beautiful sights!

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      I had no idea! But now I want to go!

  • Reply Suzie June 3, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Those waterfalls look stunning! It’s definitely somewhere that needs looking at further – I think most people look at the bigger cities but is places like this that I’m interested in

    • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      Don’t they! Yes, I think you are right. Sometimes the smaller places are even better.

  • Reply Jodi June 4, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Dreamy! Looks like a place from a fairy tale

    • Reply Tiffany June 4, 2017 at 10:15 am

      It does! Especially that waterfall.

  • Reply Em Linthorpe June 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I have actually heard of Duluth! It’s the birthplace of Bob Dylan and he was raised in the nearby town of Hibbing ? I’m a big Bob Dylan fan. However, I had no idea there was so much to see and do there. It’s really pretty!

    • Reply Tiffany June 4, 2017 at 11:57 am

      You know way more than me! I had no idea Bob Dylan was born there. So cool!

  • Reply Hayley June 4, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I’ve never heard of Duluth, but it looks stunning! One to add to my places to visit!

    • Reply Tiffany June 4, 2017 at 11:58 am

      It’s now on my list too!

  • Reply Lisa Orchard June 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Mel June 4, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Minnesota and this post makes me even more keen. Such gorgeous photos!

    • Reply Tiffany June 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Isn’t it so pretty! It’s on my list now.

  • Reply Kelsey June 4, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve never heard of Duluth Minnesota, but it looks really fun! The pictures look great. Shared to Pinterest!

    • Reply Tiffany June 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Doesn’t it! I want to go. Thanks for sharing and stopping by!!

  • Reply Nicole June 4, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    What a beautiful place! I always talk about wanting to travel the US more. I live here! I should know more about it. Following blogs like yours makes me feel like I could actually do that 🙂

    • Reply Tiffany June 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      I have been to lots of states in the US but not Minnesota. Need to go myself. Thanks!!

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine June 4, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    No matter where you travel about, there are always beautiful sites to see!

  • Reply Suz June 4, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Love the lighthouse. Places not seen as a tourist destination can have interesting highlights and a more “real” feel to them. We found this when housesitting in Northern France.

    • Reply Tiffany June 4, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      I do too! I agree. Some of the best places are the unknown places.

  • Reply Erin Gustafson June 8, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I love the waterfalls! It’s funny when I hear Duluth, I do not think lighthouses, but with Minnesoh-ta being the land of 10,000 lakes – I guess there should be a few eh? Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

    • Reply Tiffany June 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

      They are great! I didn’t think lighthouses either but it makes sense. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply meneeadventures July 30, 2017 at 4:04 pm


    • Reply Tiffany July 30, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      He took some great shots. Thanks for stopping by!!

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