I love Minnesota. From the rugged mountain range in northeastern Minnesota, where the world's largest freshwater lake resides, to the vast prairies of southwestern Minnesota, to the Big Woods of northern Minnesota, to the Mississippi River Valley of southeastern, and the Red River Valley of northwestern Minnesota--not to mention the 11,000+ lakes in between...my home state is breathtaking and diverse.
Today, I want to talk about one specific region of Minnesota--the North Shore.
This past weekend, my husband and I took our four children to Duluth, Minnesota, one of our favorite cities on the North Shore. Once you arrive in Duluth, it feels as if you have left Minnesota and are in a seaport city. Everything about Duluth is charming, from the San Francisco-esque streets, to the canal bridge that allows huge ships into the harbor, you forget you're in the heartland of America. I love Duluth's brick streets, Victorian homes, craggy rocks, soaring seagulls, and wonderful restaurants. Lake Superior is so large, you cannot see across it and you truly feel as if you're looking our onto an ocean.
When we ate our first meal overlooking the lake, our five-year-old son said a prayer: "God, thank you for our food, and for Duluth, and for the lake that looks like an ocean."
I couldn't possibly share everything I love about Duluth, so I'll simply show you a few pictures. I hope you enjoy this mini-getaway to Duluth.
|The main house|
|The girls at the Glensheen boathouse|
|Looking out the hall window from Glensheen|
|My husband is a champion rock skipper (okay,|
|Canal Park, near downtown Duluth, is a favorite spot! This|
fountain always draws our children.
|Here we are in front of the fountain in 2015...|
|And us in 2010 in front of the same fountain...|
|One of our stops was the Lake Superior |
Railroad Museum. Inside the original depot, a
historic town has been recreated, with authentic
items on display. The trains are also amazing, and
you can climb aboard.
|The kids boarding a historic train.|
|The original northern Minnesota mail train.|
|This part of the lake has sand dunes.|
|Lunch was at Grandma's Restaurant, a famous place in Duluth.|
We had front row seats to watch the lift bridge!
|In Canal Park|
|A view of Duluth from the lighthouse in Canal Park|
|Chasing seagulls in Canal Park|
|If you look closely, you'll see a wee bit of a rainbow to|
the left of the lighthouse.
|Watching a large ship come into harbor|
|On our second day, we went up the shore to|
Gooseberry Falls State Park. A DNR officer
was showing the kids different wildlife
|Our boys at the middle falls.|
|Walking the trail to the upper falls.|
|After we left Gooseberry Falls, we went up the shore to |
Split Rock Lighthouse, one of the most popular tourist destination
in the State of Minnesota. This is our family at the top of the
|At the top of the lighthouse in 2010 when the boys were only |
a few months old.
|The original light, well over 100 years old.|
|View from the lighthouse.|
|Some happy campers. :)|
|Our last stop before heading home was Canal Park to |
eat supper. The kids splashed in the water while we
waited for our table.
Your Turn: Have you ever been to Duluth, MN? Do any of the pictures or information surprise you about this lakeside town? Is there somewhere you like to visit over and over?
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