Last week my adventures took a dear friend and I to the North Shore of Minnesota along Lake Superior. For those of you who have not seen the North Shore or been up in Northern Minnesota, it is quite the beautiful and serene place to be!
Full of tall trees, unreal views and calm lakes, up North is an American Gem.
Our stops throughout the week included Lake Vermillion, Split Rock Lighthouse, Deer Lake, Duluth, Lake Mille Lacs and Gooseberry Falls!
Because I overloaded my phone with photos, I’ve decided to split this in to a few different parts. The first being Duluth.
Home of the infamous Grandma’s Marathon, Duluth is quite a happening place on the shores of Lake Superior.
With it’s unmistakable drawbridge and lighthouse, Duluth is a historic port town at the Southern end of Lake Superior.
Now a popular tourist spot, Duluth originated as the home of the Ojibway and Sioux tribes. Over the centuries, Duluth morphed from a popular trading and hunting ground, known for its abundance of furry animals, to a port town for ships bringing goods from other Northern parts of the United States and Canada. This helped to bring success and demand for the Iron mining in Northern Minnesota, nicknamed the “Iron Range”.
The Lighthouse at the port of the city was established in 1901 and has served its purpose ever since. You may recognize it from my banner picture right here on the blog! The first time I went to Duluth I fell in love with this lighthouse, and have been so happy to have it as the welcoming banner here ever since!
Duluth’s still-bustling port is also where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in 1975. Immortalized in Gordon Lightfoot’s song, the ship’s sinking is still displayed and explained in the Free Boat Museum right off of the pier.
Other exciting parts of Duluth include its popular shops along Canal Park and the Boardwalk, including Fitger’s Brewery (known from some pretty spectacular Wild Rice Burgers), and various outdoor shops. And since we were there before Grandma’s Marathon, run by 9,100 runners, the city was preparing for this widely-anticipated race.
If you ever get the chance, I would highly recommend a visit to this one-of-a-kind city.
Your turn: Have you ever been along the North Shore or to Duluth? Any fun things you have found to do there? I’d love to hear about them!