A day in Duluth
Duluth is a major port in the state of Minnesota, US and up north of the city of Minneapolis. Situated on the northern shore of Lake Superior, Duluth offers a few interesting places to explore. When I was visiting Minneapolis for work, my friend and colleague CK offered to drive SH and me to Duluth on a Sunday. It was an offer that we couldn’t refuse.
A day trip to explore Duluth qualifies as my first road trip in the United States. Sounds exciting, isn’t it? CK drove us to Duluth and we were able to visit a few historical and well-known attractions of the city. If you ever get a chance to explore Duluth, below are a few spots you should not miss.
Drive from Minneapolis: Duluth is ~155 miles from Minneapolis and a day drive takes about two and half hours. The drive is comfortable and safe. If you can hit the road by 8 am, you can have breakfast in Duluth at around 10:30 am. This was exactly what we did.
Breakfast at JJ Astor: JJ Astor is a revolving restaurant at the Radisson. Located at the 16th floor, the restaurant offers 360 degree views of the downtown and scenic view of the Aerial bridge. All this while you have a scrumptious breakfast.
Aerial Lift Bridge: After a good breakfast, we drove to the Aerial Lift Bridge. The bridge is on the bank of Lake Superior. By this time, it wasn’t hot and was drizzling. To me, it was perfect for a walk around the lake.
The tour showed the lavish estate and the many artifacts housed in it. The old bath tub, fireplaces, animal skins, a spooky doll by Elisabeth’s bed and many other unique collectibles.
Enger Tower: After this architectural tour, we drove towards the Enger Tower. This was our last place to visit for the day before heading back to Minneapolis. The Enger tower is 80 feet tall and situated on top of Enger Hill. There are five levels in the tower and each level provides a window to the panoramic views of the twin ports of city. The tower provides beautiful photo opportunities from various angles.
After a lovely day, we closed our day with an all-American dinner at CK’s parents place. A day that ends with smores has to be memorable. Won’t you agree?
Tips to keep in mind when you travel to Duluth:
- A drive is the best way to head up North from Minneapolis. You can also take a bus.
- Leave on time to have a full day to explore. Summers are ideal as winters get very cold and the Sun sets early.
- Make reservations if you plan to eat at the JJ Astor. The place is very popular and weekends get busy.
- When visiting the Glensheen Mansion, you can choose to not enter and see the property on the outside. If you are willing to take a tour, you will have to buy the tickets.
- Carry a jacket and check the weather before you head out. The city gets slightly windy and cold.
- Don’t sleep on your way back. You never know when you will visit again.
Writing this travel tale for Day 8 of Write Tribe Problogger Challenge.