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“Duluth! The word fell upon my ear with peculiar and indescribable charm, like the gentle murmur of a low fountain stealing forth in the midst of roses …”
In 1871, Congressman J. Proctor Knott of Kentucky delivered a speech to the US House of Representatives entitled, “The Untold Delights of Duluth.” The whimsical, flowery speech was actually a protest concerning the western expansion of the railroads. The speech put the small village of Duluth on the map – a result the congressman never really intended. The nearby city of Proctor, Minnesota is named for him, and his speech inspired a small city in Georgia – which saw the arrival of the railroad to their area at the time of the speech – to name their city Duluth.
At the time it was given, Congressman Knott’s speech was filled with ironic hyperbole; but in many ways it was also a foretelling of what that small village would eventually become – a stunningly beautiful port city and the largest US city on Lake Superior. Before finding your new apartment in Duluth (which may or may not be in the midst of roses), here’s what you need to know about this vibrant Minnesota location.
Things to Do in Duluth:
Duluth’s charms begin with its surroundings. From its lush forests to its lakefront location to its mountain peaks, it’s no wonder Duluth is such a popular destination for visitors and new residents alike. They come here for the amazing beaches, the spectacular parks, the waterfalls, and the hiking trails. Jay Cooke State Park features the starting point of the Superior Hiking Trail, part of the 280-mile North Country Trail.
Canal Park is considered a top attraction in Duluth. This former warehouse district is now packed with boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs, cafes, and hotels. Canal Park is directly across from Downtown Duluth and is connected to it by the Aerial Lift Bridge – a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge was built in 1905. Canal Park also features a 4.2-mile lakewalk, a lighthouse pier, the Great Lakes Aquarium, the William A. Irvin floating ship museum, and the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.
Also at Canal Park, you’ll find a very famous Duluth hotspot … the place to see and be seen … or, at least, a place to have a terrific meal. Grandma’s Restaurant has been operating since 1976. It started with an Italian immigrant named Rosa Brochi, who opened a “boarding house” of sorts. Today, it is Duluth’s favorite family restaurant and (once the kids are home in bed) a nightclub. Grandma’s Restaurant also sponsors one of Duluth’s more famous marathons, a 26-mile run held every June and referred to as “Grandma’s Marathon.”
Outdoor activities don’t slow down during winter – they heat up! Duluth is home to Spirit Mountain, a popular ski area and adventure park that features the second-tallest ski hill in Minnesota at about 700 feet. Spirit Mountain also offers snow tubing, snowboarding, a zip line, an alpine coaster called the Timber Twister, mountain bike trails, camping, and miniature golf.
When you rent a Duluth apartment, you’ll not only enjoy the amazing year-round recreation that includes camping and swimming in summer and skiing and snowboarding in winter, you’ll enjoy the business and busyness of the Great Lakes’ largest port. As one of the largest metro areas on Lake Superior, life in Duluth is exciting.
Be sure to take a drive along the Skyline Parkway Scenic Byway and enjoy the amazing lakefront views. This scenic drive is located along a natural shelf in the hills. It is about 25 miles long and has several areas for picture-taking and picnicking along the way.
Leif Erikson Park and the Duluth Rose Garden is another must-visit – one of many in Duluth! This park is located along the Duluth Lakewalk and it offers a natural amphitheater, an English-style rose garden, a replica Viking ship that was built and used around 1926 to make Erikson’s journey from Norway to Boston and finally to Duluth, and a statue of explorer Leif Erikson.
For those who enjoy kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, bird-watching, swimming, and other outdoor activities, Duluth is ideal. But it is also a great location for those who enjoy art and culture, home to the Duluth Art Institute, the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, the Duluth Playhouse, and Glensheen Museum, a 39-room mansion and seven acres of formal gardens. Other attractions include the North Shore Scenic Railroad, the Lake Superior Zoo, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the Fond-du-Luth Casino, and an indoor water park called The Edge.
What to Consider When Moving to Duluth:
In addition to being a port and a resort town, Duluth is also a college town – it is home to the University of Minnesota Duluth, Lake Superior College, Duluth Business University, and the College of St. Scholastica. Nearby Superior, Wisconsin provides even more educational opportunities with the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.
Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater lake, covering 31,280 square surface miles. The average depth is 483 feet, and it is 1,333 feet at its deepest point. The lake serves as a temperature moderator for Duluth – the city experiences warmer winters and cooler summers than the rest of Minnesota. Lake Superior is the location of more than 350 shipwrecks and is often called the “Graveyard of the Great Lakes.”
Duluth is one of the country’s most affordable cities – it is also one of the most beautiful, and one of the most action-packed. Duluth’s economy is based in transportation, agriculture, healthcare, business, and education. It is home to Cirrus Aviation, Kestrel Aircraft, and Barr Engineering.
Claimed by the French in the early 1600s, Duluth began as a fur trade post. The area became a major port city during the mid-1800s, and the city grew very quickly. During the late 1860s, it was the fastest-growing city in the US. With its long history comes several historic sites, including the Historic Central High School, built in 1892; the Duluth Depot, also built in 1892; and the Glensheen Historic Estate, built in 1905.
Why Duluth Apartments Are Hot:
Knott’s words, said in jest, have more truth in them than he realized: “…Duluth is destined to become the commercial metropolis of the universe, and this road should be built at once …”
While it isn’t the “commercial metropolis of the universe,” it has the largest metropolitan area on Lake Superior, it is a major port city, it is a popular tourist destination, it has a low cost of living, and it has a terrific arts scene. Add to that the fact that Duluth provides 120 municipal parks featuring 45 miles of snowmobile trails, miles of cross-country ski trails, hiking trails, golf courses, and 22 recreation centers and even Congressman Knott would have to agree – Duluth apartments are hot!
- Gooseberry Falls State Park, the gateway to the North Shore, features waterfalls, shoreline, and a river gorge.
- Unique shopping along the waterfront at Canal Park Shops or in the historical 1857 brewery Fitger’s Complex.
- Fun annual events include the Homegrown Music Festival, Duluth Dylan Fest, and the Dragon Boat Festival.
- Duluth is home to the University of Minnesota Duluth and Lake Superior Community College.
- Duluth’s 129 parks include snowmobile trails, cross-country ski trails, a dog park, a zoo, ball fields, and two golf courses.
- Activities in Duluth include rock climbing, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, bird-watching, and downhill skiing.
Duluth, Minnesota Skyline at Night
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Lift Bridge in Duluth
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The North Pier Lighthouse
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The South Pier Lighthouse
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Sunrise Over Lake Superior
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The North Shore
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- University of Minnesota Duluth
- Duluth Business University
- College of St. Scholastica
- Lake Superior College
- Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College