Duluth is the adventure capital of Minnesota. It’s a destination sought out by people from all across the country. There isn’t one single thing that draws visitors to Duluth, either. There’s just something about Duluth that brings out the adventurous spirit in everyone. Perhaps it’s the wide open waters ripe for exploration, the lush forests criss-crossed by trails, or the rugged outcroppings just begging to be climbed. Your day can be as simple as exploring Duluth’s Lakewalk, ending with dinner in the Canal Park neighborhood, to hiking great lengths of the Superior Hiking Trail. To get started, all you need to do is book your rooms Duluth’s finest Bed and Breakfast, the A.G. Thomson House.
What You’ll See on the Lakewalk
It may seem like a simple idea, but walking along Duluth’s Lakewalk is one of our favorite activities, and something we frequently recommend to guests that stay with us at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast. The Lakewalk navigates the shores of Lake Superior for a total of 7.5 miles, starting in Bayfront Park in the Canal Park Neighborhood, home to Duluth’s iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, and ending at the other end at Brighton Beach. You can easily spend an entire day exploring the length of this trail, or break it up into smaller walks. If you want to walk the entire route, start at Brighton Beach and make your way to Canal Park, where you can cap your day off with a cold beer or delicious meal.
The Lakewalk is one of the most scenic trails around Lake Superior. At various points along the Lakewalk, you’ll enjoy incredible views of the lake, attractively maintained parks and gardens, beaches for wading and rock picking, and a unique blend of quiet nature and urban amenities. Here are a few things you’ll see along this beautiful walking trail:
- Bayfront Festival Park, the true beginning of the Lakewalk, is a beautiful park that sits where the St. Louis River Estruary meets Lake Superior, and is the location for a variety of festivals, concerts, and events throughout the year.
- Admire the Historic SS William A. Irvin ship as you pass by. It’s closed to tours for 2018 due to renovations, but will reopen in May of 2019.
- The Lake Superior Maritime Museum features a variety of exhibits showcasing the history of upper Great Lakes commercial shipping and the Aerial Lift Bridge.
- For a truly unique experience to Duluth, find out when the next ship is expected so you can watch Duluth’s iconic Aerial Lift Bridge go up, while a 1,000 foot ship passes underneath.
- Stop by the Lighthouse at the end of the Duluth Pier, where you can enjoy a great vantage point of not only Lake Superior, but also of the lift bridge and the Duluth shoreline.
- Enjoy a little bit of Duluth’s Lore at Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum. It’s a popular place for locals to swim and sunbathe.
- Northland Vietnam Veteran’s and Korean War Memorial
- Fitgers Complex, the site of Duluth’s first brewery.
- Leif Erikson Park and Rose Garden, which houses over 2000 rose bushes (99 or so different varieties), and numerous trees, shrubs and other flowers.
- Lester Park, one of the most popular places for hiking, biking, picnicking, and more in Duluth.
- Brighton Beach is one of the most beautiful and popular public beaches in Duluth.
There’s nothing quite like a restful few days spent along the North Shore of Lake Superior. After a full day of exploring Duluth, come back to our award-winning Bed and Breakfast for a relaxing evening. Our luxurious accommodations and warm hospitality have earned us the distinction of being the top-rated Bed and Breakfast in Duluth. Book your room at the A.G. Thomson House today.