You’ve successfully hiked breathtaking Oberg Mountain, explored picturesque Gooseberry Falls, and paddled near the scenic shores of Flood Bay – now it’s time to embark on a day trip to Duluth, the second largest city on Lake Superior! Superior Shores Resort is within 30 minutes of Gooseberry, Split Rock Lighthouse, and lively Duluth. Our lakefront paradise is among the very best North Shore lodging options, regardless of the season! Autumn on the North Shore is exceptionally gorgeous thanks to Mother Nature’s skillful, colorful brush strokes. Start your morning with a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes at Kamloops Restaurant & Lounge before packing the kids in the car for a relaxing autumn day trip to Duluth!
Canal Park / Aerial Lift Bridge
After briefly crossing the Wisconsin border for a cup of freshly-roasted coffee at the Red Mug (it’s definitely worth the drive!), embark on a leisurely stroll down the Canal Park boardwalk. A morning walk on the lakefront boardwalk provides refreshing autumn breezes, sweeping Lake Superior views, and a unique vantage point of Canal Park, the colorful Duluth hillside, and the Aerial Lift Bridge! Stop by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for deliciously creamy truffles and fudge before leaving Canal Park.
Lake Superior Zoo
Your next stop should be at the family-friendly, exceptionally underrated Lake Superior Zoo. This petite zoo remains one of Minnesota’s hidden gems, especially for the affordable price! Not only is the zoo on a beautiful plot of land, but it’s home to one of the most unique exhibits in the Midwest: the Nocturnal Building. Inside this pitch-black structure, you’ll come face-to-face with impossibly adorable swift foxes, miniature burrowing owls, eccentric African straw-colored fruit bats, and friendly kinkajous! The zoo also has kangaroos, wallabies, lemurs, prairie dogs, silver foxes, lynxes, and snow leopards.
The highlight of your day trip to Duluth will be Enger Tower, home to one of the best overlooks in Minnesota! Enger Tower in autumn is exceptionally transcendent thanks to panoramic views of Lake Superior, Duluth, and the colorful coast! This five-story bluestone structure was built in 1939 and remains a unique symbol of peace with Norway. Equally as impressive as the tower itself is the serene gazebo near the edge of Enger Hill. Cap off this awe-inspiring experience with a half-mile stroll on Skyline Parkway, where you may spot musicians, joggers, and meditators.
After a Cuban sandwich and a pint of craft beer at Fitger’s Brewhouse, hike up the creek at colorful Chester Park, a quiet dog-friendly nature trail featuring nearly a dozen waterfalls and cascades! Park near Burrito Union on 4th Street, and embark on this 2.2-mile out-and-back trail through the creek’s picturesque gorge. Walking the stream and climbing the falls is a popular option for thrill-seekers!
North Shore Lodging
After a full day in colorful Duluth, recharge your batteries in the indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna at Superior Shores Resort before a sunset dinner at the Kamloops Restaurant & Lounge! Cap off your memorable fall day with a campfire on Flood or Burlington Bay filled with laughs, roasted marshmallows, and stargazing. Lay your head down in one of our comfortable North Shore lodging options located on the water’s edge. Dial 1-800-242-1988 or visit our website to learn more about our fall specials!