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    Duluth Trip

    I am planning on going to Duluth for a few days. Hoping to do some hiking, biking, fishing, camping, but open to pretty much anything.

    Any suggestions on things to do, places to stay (hotels or camp sites), restaurants, tourism, ect?



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    Re: Duluth Trip

    Our family loves Duluth, but the more times we go, the more we dislike the touristy aspect of it. We've been mostly bypassing it in recent trips, and heading further up the North Shore.

    State parks like Split Rock, Tettegouche, and Gooseberry Falls are spectacular, and the farther north you go, the less tourists there are, it seems. What really sucks is that all of these state parks are currently closed due to the Minnesota government shutdown.

    Don't get me wrong, Duluth is great, but I think the more you go, the more you want to get away even more.


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    Re: Duluth Trip

    There's a lot to do in that area, so you'll have plenty of options.

    I would at least go down to Canal Park one night, walk (or ride a the boardwalk on a surrey) and see the sights or take a dip in Lake Superior. Grab a microbrew at Fitger's too.

    My wife and I finally made it to the Duluth Grill over the 4th of July weekend for breakfast - I HIGHLY recommend it and so does Guy Fiery (it was featured on Diners, Drive-in's and Dives. It doesn't look like much from the outside and it's not in an exciting part of town, but the food is awesome!

    Duluth Grill

    I also recommend taking a drive up Hwy 61 to see some of the parks (if they're open - stupid gov't).

    Maps Minnesota North Shore Hwy 61 travel info

    I also recommend you plan your drive from Minneapolis up to Duluth during the least busy times (during the day - not on weekends) if possible b/c it sucks being stuck in traffic on I-35.

    Have fun!


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    Re: Duluth Trip

    we wnt to a place for pie. Can't remember the name but it was local famous.



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    Re: Duluth Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by CyLoboClone View Post
    we wnt to a place for pie. Can't remember the name but it was local famous.
    Betty's Pies? Yum.


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    Re: Duluth Trip

    Stay at Fitger's....great hotel right on the lake. Eat at the Pickwick restaurant next door.



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    Re: Duluth Trip

    Don't plan on fishing unless you already have your license. With the idiotic politicians here in MN and the state shutdown, you can't buy a license.

    You should also double check any other travel plans as all state parks and non-essential state agencies are not operating now.

    You may not be able to do a bunch of the activities you were planning on.



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    Re: Duluth Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU_phoria View Post
    Don't plan on fishing unless you already have your license. With the idiotic politicians here in MN and the state shutdown, you can't buy a license.

    You should also double check any other travel plans as all state parks and non-essential state agencies are not operating now.

    You may not be able to do a bunch of the activities you were planning on.
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    Re: Duluth Trip

    Like others have said the state parks are shut down at the moment which really stinks. If you want to spend time in the northwoods on the shore Lake Superior, I would consider/suggest checking out the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior in Wisconsin as an alternative. Lot less touristy, less people and there is a ton of activities. Plus all the state parks are open!!! It is probably a 1-2 hour drive from Duluth/Superior.

    The towns on the main shore of Bayfield, Washburn and Ashland are all really beautiful, cool and unique and have great fish fry's. There is great berry-picking around the area as well! You can take a ferry to Madeline Island which has a tiny town called La Pointe and the island has big beaches and long trails. There are also tour boats that take passengers on a tour all around the islands. There are also a lot of Lighthouse tours and you can even camp on some of the islands.

    Just an idea/suggestion since you could probably do a lot more of the activities that you were planning on in the state of Wisconsin because their parks are open. The drive up there would probably take about the same amount of time as it does to Duluth!



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    Re: Duluth Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by weisr2002 View Post
    I am planning on going to Duluth for a few days. Hoping to do some hiking, biking, fishing, camping, but open to pretty much anything.

    Any suggestions on things to do, places to stay (hotels or camp sites), restaurants, tourism, ect?
    Frequently Asked Questions about the State Government Shutdown for DNR Customers: Minnesota DNR

    You can still get into places like Gooseberry Falls and such, but you can't camp. Not sure about the trails. Can see the falls though. Guessing Split Rock will be closed (the actual buildings).

    However, the state may be opening up soon, so perhaps it would be a bad idea to book camping spots as soon as the service goes online.

    That said, there are privately owned campgrounds, regional parks, city parks, etc.

    Duluth itself has plenty to see within the city, but not sure if it is several days worth.

    Also, don't go to Wisconsin. Minnesota in a shutdown is still >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Wisconsin



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    Re: Duluth Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU_phoria View Post
    Don't plan on fishing unless you already have your license. With the idiotic politicians here in MN and the state shutdown, you can't buy a license.

    You should also double check any other travel plans as all state parks and non-essential state agencies are not operating now.

    You may not be able to do a bunch of the activities you were planning on.
    Not true on fishing, if you get caught and get a citation you will have 10 days after the DNR reopens to get a license. You can do this on line.

    State parks are closed but further north/east federal forrest are open.

    Bettys pies are just on the east side of Two Harbors


    Last edited by terryk; 07-14-2011 at 05:45 PM.

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    Re: Duluth Trip

    Shutdown will be over in a few days. Might want to get ready for making reservations via DNR if you want to camp in the state parks. May also want to get ready for any rush of people who may show up right after the shutdown, though not sure how desperate fellow Minnesotans are to get back out to the parks.



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    Re: Duluth Trip

    I want to head that way with family, but my kids are a few years away from making a trip that far. Duluth is a really cool city.



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    Re: Duluth Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I want to head that way with family, but my kids are a few years away from making a trip that far. Duluth is a really cool city.
    Bobber, Duluth is very nice BUT. Once you get there continue up hwy 61 to Grand Marais. Rent a cabin on a lake on the Gunflint Trail. With young children i would reommend Gunflint Lake Lodge. They do a lot of children programs.

    I have traveled many parts of the world and this is my favorite. Take some bug spray and buy leeches at the ugly baby bait shop. Tell em terry sent ya. Enjoy.



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