At the western end of Lake Superior, Duluth welcomes some of the largest ships on the Great Lakes into its busy harbor. With its lakeside setting, which the local Ojibwe people call Gichigami ("great sea"), the greatest of the Great Lakes feels like a port town and takes advantage of its prime position with a coastline that is 49 miles long.
In addition to the indigenous Ojibwe, as in much of Minnesota, many folks of Scandinavian descent call Duluth home. Shops featuring indigenous and Scandinavian wares can be found throughout the area. The overall influence that both these cultures has had on Duluth is described in several of the local museums.
Celebrating its native son, the 1.8-mile Bob Dylan Way passes his childhood home, elementary school and the Duluth Armory where fellow musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the "Big Bopper" performed. Dylan-themed manhole covers dot the street along the road, and Fitger's Museum displays Dylan memorabilia.
Duluth consists of several compact districts including Bayfront, Canal Park, the Historic Arts and Theater (HART) District, Lincoln Park Craft District and downtown. The areas are easily walkable, and just beyond these commercial districts, Park Point boasts one of the world's longest freshwater sand spits, spanning 6 miles. This popular destination includes a local beach with a seasonal lifeguard and a recreation area. Duluth's 130 city parks provide ample opportunity for enjoyment of the outdoors.
Duluth is flat near the lake shore, but just beyond the downtown areas, the terrain slopes up. Taking advantage of the hillside, the Skyline Drive overlooks the town and lake providing sweeping views of the area. Along the way, Enger Park features the Enger Tower, which affords outstanding views of the area from every level.
Locals in pursuit of outdoor opportunities appreciate and utilize the lake and its natural surroundings. Hiking, cycling and even surfing are a few activities that Duluthians enjoy, while fishing is popular on Lake Superior and on the 16 designated trout streams in the area.
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