The snow is finally receding in the Northland.  And as the summer season approaches so does the opening of three of Duluth’s most popular attractions.  This is your opportunity to explore Duluth and Lake Superior by getting out and experiencing some of these exciting and unique destinations.  And all of them are just minutes from the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast.

Vista FleetVISTA FLEET (opens May 2)

A trip to Duluth must include a cruise of Lake Superior on the Vista Fleet.  There is no better way to experience the world’s largest lake than by stepping aboard one of the Vista’s boats and cruising around the big lake and the Twin Port’s harbor.  You will learn fascinating facts while cruising alongside 1,000 foot freighters and ocean-going vessels.  You could choose simply a sightseeing cruise.  But there are other options for special cruises including dinner cruises, catered by one of Duluth’s best, Savories Catering, cocktail cruises, or a pizza cruises.  All these narrated tours are a great way to learn about Duluth and her history in shipping.

If you are rushed for time, choose a 45 minute Lake Superior Express Cruise, or the St Louis River Tour.  But if you have the time, the 1 hour 45 minute full Sightseeing Cruise is the way to go.  All three options offer both inside and outside seating.  A full bar and concessions are available on all Vista Fleet tours.

North Shore Scenic RailroadNORTH SHORE SCENIC RAILROAD (opens May 3)

Scenic sightseeing tours depart the Duluth Union Depot each day aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad for trips along beautiful Lake Superior.  You will travel past Canal Park and along the downtown shoreline for a different way to view our beautiful city and the north woods.  The trips are professionally narrated while you relax in the comfort of air conditioned coaches.  You will learn about the importance of railroads to Duluth’s history and early development.

Some excursions continue out of the city to the Lester River on Duluth’s far east-end, or even on to Two Harbors.  Leave time for the Two Harbors trip as it is a 6 hour excursion.  Other fun options include the popular Pizza Train, the Elegant Dinner Trains, the Murder Mystery Trains, and the Grandma’s Marathon Special.

While at the Depot you can also visit three museums including the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and two art galleries.

William Irvin Ore Boat MuseumWILLIAM A. IRVIN ORE BOAT MUSEUM (opens May 1)

The William A. Irvin was once the flagship of U. S. Steel’s Great Lakes fleet.  Built in 1938, the 610 foot vessel was retired after 40 years of service.  During her time in service the Irvin carried millions of tons of coal and iron ore to ports across the Great Lakes.

While the Irvin was a workhorse, she also was outfitted with four private luxury cabins to carry many of U. S. Steel’s company guests in style.  The guest areas are trimmed in oak paneling and walnut veneer with polished brass hand railings.  The William A. Irvin remains in great shape, from the woodwork in the guest quarters to the brass in the engine room, all of her parts are still in excellent condition.

Whatever the reason you choose to visit our port city of Duluth, plan to make your way to the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast and let us welcome you home for the ultimate in relaxation after a fun-filled day!