Duluth, Minnesota, is becoming a popular destination to which travelers flock for delicious fare, fun attractions, and quaint bed and breakfasts. After picking up a rental at Duluth International Airport, getting around the city is a cinch.
Renting a Car in Duluth
Upon arrival, travelers can pick up a car at the airport from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National rental agencies. Skyscanner offers the best deals on midsize sedans, SUVs, and more, so if travelers book a vehicle before arriving, they get a quick start on their adventure.
Driving in Duluth
Getting around Duluth offers a fun and scenic drive. The downtown area is easy to navigate, and there is much to see. During the winter, however, drivers beware as snow and ice cover the roads. With blizzards, visibility can be near impossible to see. If travelers find themselves driving in Duluth in snowy conditions, there are a few areas to avoid. Some streets in downtown Duluth have steep grades making them extremely dangerous to drive on.
Things to Do in Duluth
Duluth offers plenty for visitors to see and do. To enjoy Lake Superior while dining, visitors should consider stopping by the New Scenic Cafe. The seasonal menu features cuisine from across the world, including Indian, Japanese, Norwegian, French, and Italian. There is also a beautiful flower and herb garden for guests to enjoy.
Venture out a little further in your rental car for a drive along the West Duluth Skyline Parkway. It offers a marvelous view of Lake Superior and downtown Duluth.
The Glensheen Historic Estate makes for an interesting visit — a double murder took place there in 1977. Aside from this grim history, the estate grounds are marvelous and opulent with scenic grounds.
For those into a more natural retreat and who like bird-watching, the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory allows visitors to stroll along four miles of trails while gazing at falcons, eagles, and vultures.
For great places to eat and indulge in libations, Lake Avenue Restaurant and Red Herring Lounge are both popular spots. Lake Avenue offers classic dishes like whitefish casserole, manchego cheese-stuffed dates, and prosciutto-wrapped rabbit for the adventurous palette. Prohibition-era cocktails are the highlight at Red Herring. Ingredients like coconut rum cream and mint bourbon satisfy the discerning palate.
Another interesting venue is the Zeitgeist Arts center. A multi-story complex complete with a cinema, theater, and cafe, this artistic community is a gathering place for local artists to showcase their crafts. At Zeitgeist, visitors can sit in on an improv comedy session or enjoy a showing of a documentary or social commentary film. Every Wednesday, movies are only $5. For an affordable, fun activity, catching a matinee and lunching at Zeitgeist is a great choice.
During some seasons, Duluth's temperatures can drop below zero. Nonetheless, travelers shouldn't let this deter them. Visiting during the spring and summer may be a more pleasurable experience. On the other hand, wintry weather can be beautiful and make cozying up by a fireplace in a bed and breakfast that much more enjoyable.