The north shore definitely offers several places for great photographs and traveling on a budget, if you know where to go. So, here are some suggestions to fill your days with great scenic views while keeping your wallet intact!

In Duluth:

  • Go to Chester Creek Books and Antiques on E. Superior Street, pick out an antique book and walk across London Ave to the rose garden and read your new find!
  • Walk/Bike along the path that winds through the rose garden
  • Spend the afternoon at the Superior Zoo on the south end of Duluth, $10 for admission gets you glimpses at animals like lions and polar bears or watch the lemurs jump around chase each other
  • Drive the Skyline Park way. Start by Lester Park and you'll catch a glimpse of several waterfalls and neat bridges at the start of the drive.
  • Hit some estate sales
  • Walk around in Canal park, check out the shops and watch the huge counterweights lift the metal bridge.
  • See an IMAX movie by the Aquarium

Spread your wings:

  • Cross the bridge and venture over to Superior, WI. Hit Amincon Falls State park (afavorite) and Pattison State park in the same day. One $5 pass gets you into both parks on the same day. Both parks have some great trails and beautiful falls.
  • Venture up the shore on scenic Hwy 61. Pull off on any one of the several lookout points. Keep your eyes peeled for waterfalls, there are quite a few if you know where to look. There are also great shops dotted along the way. Be sure to stop at Russ Kendall's smoked fish shop and the Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen (seriously, the BEST chocolate ever and some of the nicest people!).
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park and Tettegouche Park also house some great trails and waterfalls. Same as the Wisconsin parks, hit them both in the same day and your pass will be good for both.
  • Stop in Two Harbors, check out the lighthouse and see iron ore loaded into huge barges. Learn a bit about Lake Superior Agates at the rock shop located right on the main road through town then venture down to the beach to hunt for some and have a picnic.

Hopefully these suggestions will help fill your agenda on your next trip to Duluth!