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Top Choice American in Duluth

New Scenic Cafe

Foodies travel from far and near to New Scenic Cafe, eight miles beyond Duluth on Old Hwy 61. There, in a humble wood-paneled room, they fork into rustic salmon with creamed leeks or a slice of triple berry pie, all…
Top Choice Brewery in Duluth

Thirsty Pagan

This one's a bit of a trek, over the bridge in Superior, Wisconsin (a 10-minute drive), but worth it for the aggressive, spicy beers to wash down hand-tossed pizzas.
American in Duluth

Duluth Grill

The garden in the parking lot is the tip-off that the Duluth Grill is a sustainable, hippie-vibed place. The diner-esque menu ranges from eggy breakfast skillets to curried polenta stew to bison burgers, with plenty…
Brewery in Duluth

Bent Paddle Brewing Co

Bent Paddle is named for the canoeing implement the brewers use to stir the mash. The no-frills taproom pours Venture, a pilsner brewed with Lake Superior water, and specialties such as the dark, toasty and caffeina…
Museum in Duluth

Maritime Visitor Center

Located next to the Aerial Lift Bridge, the center has computer screens inside that tell what time the big ships will be sailing through. Cool model boats and exhibits on Great Lakes shipwrecks also make it a top st…
Park in Duluth

Leif Erikson Park

This is a lakefront sweet spot with a rose garden, replica of Leif's Viking ship and free outdoor movies each Friday night in summer. Take the Lakewalk from Canal Park (about 1½ miles) and you can say you hiked the …
Cocktail Bar in Duluth

Vikre Distillery

Vikre creates gin with Northwoods-foraged botanicals, as well as aquavit, a Scandinavian spirit infused with caraway and cardamom. The distillers are experimenting with whiskey and vodka, too. Sample them swirled in…
Notable Building in Duluth

Bob Dylan's Birthplace

The duplex is up a hill a few blocks northeast of downtown. Dylan lived on the top floor until age six, when his family moved inland to Hibbing. It's a private residence (and unmarked), so all you can do is stare fr…
Brewery in Duluth

Fitger's Brewhouse

In the hotel complex, the Brewhouse rocks with live music and fresh brews. Try them via the seven-beer sampler (3oz glasses $9).
Bridge in Duluth

Aerial Lift Bridge

Duluth's main landmark raises its mighty arm to let horn-bellowing ships into port. About 1000 vessels per year glide through.