There are many reasons that its inhabitants would label the state of Minnesota "great". Home to thousands of freshwater lakes, numerous wildlife species, and four distinct yearly seasons, Minnesota offers a great deal to both its visitors and residents.

Despite the fact that Minnesota has much to offer, many people overlook Duluth, the state's third largest city, when considering their next travel destination. The following are just a few reasons to plan your next vacation in Duluth, Minnesota.

The amount of outdoor recreation in Duluth is amazing. The city resides at the Western tip of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, making chartered fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and boat cruises around the harbor all possibilities. Furthermore, a walking path known as "the board walk" originates at the world-famous Aerial Lift Bridge in Canal Park, and follows the first couple of miles of the lake's beautiful shoreline. Along the way, Leif Erikson park provides a large green area for picnics and catch, and evening theater performances are frequently offered, as is "Movie in the Park" every Friday throughout the summer, when a classic, family-friendly film is offered to the public under the stars, free of charge.

If you'd rather stay away from the hustle and bustle of Canal Park, as it is the center for Duluth's main tourist attractions, stray a bit outside the downtown area and spend time canoeing on the St. Louis river or hiking or mountain biking on a portion of the Lake Superior Hiking Trail which runs North to the Grand Marais area (near the Canadian border). You can also climb to the top of Enger Tower which is situated near the highest point for overlooking the lake and the entire city. If you're up for a bit of a drive, the North Shore of Lake Superior offers numerous state parks, including Split Rock Lighthouse, Baptism Falls (the highest waterfall in the state), and Gooseberry Falls (great for exploring and swimming on hot days).

Still, some individuals are not interested in outdoor recreation. Never fear, Duluth has much indoor culture to offer as well. Throughout the summer the Duluth Playhouse offers indoor community theater productions and is associated with the Depot, home to many of the artifacts from Duluth's rich history, especially those regarding the Duluth Railroad. Head back to Canal Park and you'll find the Maritime Museum which gives a detailed account of the area's shipping and boating history.

If museums aren't your thing, try a night of bowling at The Incline Station, or grab drinks at Sir Benedict's Tavern on the Lake while listening to some relaxing live acoustic or bluegrass music. During the summer you can see the semi-pro baseball team, the Duluth Huskies, play ball, and in the winter you can catch a UMD Bulldogs ice hockey game (either men's or women's). There are numerous restaurants and bars throughout the region renowned for the quality of their meals and drinks, keeping even the hungriest individuals' appetites satisfied.

This is only a small taste of what the great city of Duluth, Minnesota and its surrounding areas have to offer. If you like vacation destinations with more than enough activity to keep you busy, as well as a wide array of options for everyone to enjoy, plan to make Duluth, Minnesota your next relaxing getaway!