Duluth Travel Blog

Summer on 26 miles of Lake Superior


Summer is full of fun in Duluth, MN. Don’t take my word for it though, last year we were voted one of the best places to live and the best outdoor town! The reason is easy to see since we’re living in a city that stretches 26 miles along Lake Superior, has nearly 7,000 parks, about 200 miles of wooded trails, and multiple trout streams. It’s no wonder we want to be outside!

Here are some upcoming outdoor things you may not want to miss!

Spirit Mountain Bike Park
If you’re a mountain biker you’ll be happy to hear Spirit Mountain is expanding it’s downhill mountain biking and COGGS is building the Duluth Traverse, a 100 miles of bike trails (scheduled to be completed by 2017).


Glensheen is doing a lot of new and fun stuff, concerts on the pier, bonfires and new tours. http://glensheen.org

The Greater Downtown Council is putting on Movies in the Park again. Grab a loved one, a blanket, picnic basket full of popcorn and enjoy the show on the shore of Lake Superior.

August 15th and 16th, enjoy over 180 artist and entertainers from all across the US at the Bayfront Park Art Fair.

Or, for those true outdoorsmen and women, there’s the Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5k at Boulder Lake. The slip-n-slide sounds fun, I’m not so sure about the mud crawl…

And those are just a few things to do in Duluth, MN. Stay with us and we can recommend all kinds of adventures in our great city!

Duluth Welcomes Purple Martins


The Purple Martins are here! We’ve teamed up with the Audubon Society to have this special Purple Martin house built so these endangered birds would have a place to colonize in Canal Park. Besides being beautiful birds with a purplish hue, they are great insect eaters (look out flies, wasps, and winged ants).

Here they are in our Purple Martin house here at Canal Park Lodge.

Purple Martins at Canal Park Lodge

Purple Martins at Canal Park Lodge

Learn more at: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/purple-martin

Get an early start to your summer!


It’s an unusually warm and sunny spring here in Duluth, MN, which makes it the perfect time to visit. The summer season hasn’t hit yet. There aren’t many tourists, no bugs, easy parking, quick seating at restaurants. At the end of the day you can unwind and take in the view on our new patio, just built last summer. Nights are still a little chilly, so it’s the perfect place to gather around the fire, listen to the waves crash onto the beach. Before you know it summer will be here and Canal Park will be bustling. Take it from an experienced Duluthian, last year at this time we were still shoveling snow, don’t miss out on this sunny, warm Duluth spring.

What has chocolate, a beef stick, and a flashlight?


Glensheen Valentine's Day

Valentines Day Flashlight Tours at Glensheen! Tours are offered on a limited basis. This special edition Flashlight Tour is only offered on Saturday, February 14th. See more information on the Glensheen’s website.

Why see the Glensheen at night? I wondered this myself having only toured the Glensheen during the day. Check out this short video to see for yourself.

Flashlight Tours are offered Friday and Saturday evenings, 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm until March 2015. Tickets are available for purchase online, call 218–726–8910, or at the ticket house. Tickets are $25.

More information on Glensheen’s Flashlight Tours: https://glensheen.wp.d.umn.edu/tours/flashlight-tour.

Bentleyville Tour of Lights 2014 in Duluth, MN


Bentleyville 2014

Bentleyville is open and there’s a nice blanket of snow on the ground. Unless your a Grinch it’s hard not to feel a holiday cheer as you walk around. There are a lot of new light displays to see this year, and many old favorites. (I’ve already been there twice!) There’s even a tent with ice sculptures which are a new feature this year as well. We of course enjoyed the cookies, hot chocolate, popcorn, marshmallow roasting, saying hi to Mrs. & Mr. Claus, and of course hugging as many reindeer as possible. Watch out for Blitzen (that trickster)!

For more information: bentleyvilleusa.org
Open Sunday to Thursday 5 pm -9 pm, Friday and Saturday 5 pm – 10 pm, till December 27th.

Happy Holidays!