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Let's face it. When we think of the perfect vacation, many of us immediately think of a gorgeous beach with sand, fun and relaxation. Now, when you picture a few specific beaches, places such as Myrtle Beach, Miami Beach, Virginia Beach and Daytona Beach may come to mind. While these beaches may be lovely when circumstances are ideal, what do you do when the weather is less than perfect? Pack into the local tourist traps or amusement centers? Try to squeeze into packed restaurants or bars? Suddenly your R&R may not sound so relaxing. Why not try a different type of vacation? Someplace you can truly relax no matter what the weather is. Situated on the shores of the largest freshwater lake in the world, Duluth, Minnesota is the perfect solution for four-season vacationing, year-round lake home or lake lot, and perfect to suit the needs of even the most discerning members in your travel party.
While Duluth is a great place to visit, it's an even better place to live on a year-round basis. The cost of living is relatively low compared with other coastal areas. Even though Duluth is not officially on a "coast," the lake is actually preferable in many ways. Lakeshore living does not bring the threat of hurricanes or the uncertainty of marine life predators such as sharks which lurk in the waters of nearby oceans. Water-skiing and swimming are better on a lake, as well. Particularly in less populated areas, the wildlife along the shores of a lake is much more varied than what you might find at the modern day seashore. In fact, the wildlife and waterfowl to be found along the shores of the Great Lakes are nothing short of spectacular. Black bears, timber wolves, beavers, blue herons, bald eagles and even the occasional moose or elk can be found in the forests near the shores of Lake Superior. With 2,726 miles of shoreline, there is almost certain to be the perfect vacation property to suit the needs of your family along the shores of Lake Superior.
Lake Superior is a boon to Duluth in more ways than one. The lake itself is huge with just over 31, 280 square surface miles. Its size allows the lake to have a dramatic effect on the weather patterns of surrounding cities, such as Duluth, making the summers cooler and the winters warmer than many surrounding area. While there are accessible beaches along the shores of Lake Superior, much of the lakefront terrain is rocky, comprised of dramatic cliffs falling to the lake waters below. Quaint local festivals such as sandcastle modeling exhibits are popular here in the summer months.
Fishing and boating is a great way to spend a little time relaxing on the waters of Lake Superior. Lake Superior has an average depth of 483 feet, allowing larger species to thrive in its waters. One or the primary advantages of a city like Duluth is that it is not a destination that is overrun by tourists in the warm months of summer. Don't misunderstand; Duluth and the surrounding region are truly lovely; it's just not as "traditionally" popular as the beachier destinations mentioned above (a good thing, in this writer's opinion). With fewer crowds, it is certainly easier to appreciate the breath-taking scenery, local amusements, cultural events and fine dining options aplenty to be found here in Duluth.
Duluth and its surrounding area was once inhabited by the Dakota and Ojibwe Native American tribes. French settlers moved into the area due to the bountiful animal pelts to be found in the area. In fact, Lake Superior was originally named by the French as Lac Supérieur, loosely translated to mean 'upper lake.' In 1679, Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut claimed Duluth and the surrounding region for the country of France. Today, Duluth is a thriving metropolis with over 84,000 residents living within the city limits. Numerous industries contribute to its economy including healthcare, tourism, banking, shipping, paper and mining. With its location on the westernmost tip of Lake Superior, Duluth has maintained its status as an important shipping port and destination for centuries and continues to receive cargoes of iron, stone, coal and food items.
Duluth has lovely parks and superior education services, further enhancing the quality of life for its residents. Institutes of higher learning such as the College of St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College, Fond Du Lac Community College and the University of Minnesota Duluth are integral parts of the Duluth community. Additionally, the University of Wisconsin-Superior is just across the bay. Downtown Duluth has a large climate-controlled skywalk for workers and visitors to connect between buildings and shops in the downtown district. Shoppers can peruse world-class stores at the Miller Hill Mall, Fitger's Complex and the Holiday Center Mall.
Come and experience Duluth. Where the air is cleaner, the region less crowded and the scenery is absolutely spectacular.
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