Monday, May 31, 2010
Duluth and the North Shore Tourist Spots
Hi dudes, Set at the edge of the north-woods wilderness and the western end of Lake Superior is Duluth, a city of gracious old homes with one of the largest ports on the Great Lakes. Skyline parkway, a 16 mi scenic boulevard above the city, has views of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior Harbor with its 50 mi of dock line. Vista Fleet Excursions operates narrated boat tours of the harbor. The Aerial Lift Bridge an unusual 386 feet elevator bridge, spans the canal entrance to the harbor. Not far from the harbor, the Dept, an 1892 landmark train station, houses the Lake Superior Museum of Transportation, with an extensive collection of locomotives and rolling stock. Lake Superior Zoological Gardens has a children zoo and animals from all over the world.
Lake Superior's rugged North Shore is best viewed from Hwy. 61 north of Duluth. Gooseberry Falls State Park and Temperance River State Park are typical of parks found along Lake Superior's shore, with roaring waterfalls and scenic vistas.
North of Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail attracts cross country skiers with about 100mi of groomed trials lading deep into Superior National Forest. Gunflint Lake was once a busy route travelled by voyagers and modern pioneers such as Justine Kerfoot, author of Woman of the Boundary Waters.