This last weekend was somehow the very last out of town hockey tournament my family will have. (Unless we make it to state.) Over eight years we’ve gone to countless towns and had plenty of interesting experiences, big wins, tough losses, and lots of sight-seeing in our home state. The town we’ve come to visit the most is Duluth, Minnesota. We’ve been there a cumulative six times during the years and it’s become one of my favorite destinations.
Somehow we always pick the coldest weekends of the year to be in Duluth, but the true Minnesotans in us still enjoy it. This past weekend was no different. The temps settled around -35F with the wind chill. People thought Delani and I were nuts for scavenging outside (so did we by the time our cheeks were frozen) but we were bound and determined to appreciate Lake Superior in winter.
Being in Duluth for hockey has let me unfortunately not see as much of the city as I would like. Being allotted only a small amount of time between games to explore doesn’t leave you with much. I could tell you about every single hockey rink in a 20-mile radius (Dear Freezeburger, I hate you.) but I couldn’t tell you about some of Duluth’s biggest landmarks.
One thing I know, Duluth is beautiful.
Duluth is situated on the western most point of Lake Superior. It’s the second largest town that is built along the shores, but it holds the biggest shipping port in ALL the great lakes. Surrounded by rock face and hills, it’s one of Minnesota’s finest views.
There’s so many things to appreciate about Duluth! The notable aerial lift bridge (one of Minnesota’s tourism checkpoints), the only all fresh-water aquarium in America, a murder mystery mansion in Glensheen, the famous Grandma’s Marathon and Beargrease Dog Sled races. Even one of the most spectacular holiday light displays during December is in Duluth’s Bentleyville! This list could go on and on. Duluth is truly the gem of Lake Superior.
Since we all would love to see more of the city, my family is hopefully planning a trip to Duluth this summer. We’re even thinking of making it a road trip to continue along the north shore. If you haven’t noticed, one of our favorite things to do together is exploring all that Minnesota has to offer.
For the last hockey tournament I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Except maybe some more warmth, but even that couldn’t put a damper on it. Our room was right on the lake with a balcony that I would’ve loved to be able to sit and have my morning cup of coffee on. The one perk to crazy hockey schedules was needing to be to the rink by 7am allowed me to actually be awake for sunrise on the lake. We had smore’s by the bonfire, explored Canal Park, and even got our famed Sho’Burgers. Plus, the boys came in 3rd place and honored the five senior boys! I promise I wasn’t crying, it was dust in my eye.
Now for the massive picture dump. Feast on the glory that is Duluth!
Have you ever been to Duluth? What did you love most?
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P.S. – My favorite family tour of Minnesota was when we explored the state’s oddest landmark, the abandoned Kirkbride Asylum!
Until next time,