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Duluth is named after explorer Jean-Duluth who came through in the late 1700s. Outside Magazine has rated Duluth as one of it's best outdoor cities to live. An outdoor enthusiasts dream town with biking, hiking, running, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, fishing, hunting, climbing, among other pursuits can all be found here in Duluth. An ecclectic mix of colleges, business, service, residential, industrial, and tourism make Duluth a fun city to visit. Its population is around 85,000 people. It's the largest inland Port in the world, shipping out taconite (iron ore), coal, grain, and other products all over the world. Located at the western tip of Lake Superior, the gateway to Minnesota's north shore and arrowhead region.
The streets of Duluth run on a grid as follows:
Duluth has many neighborhoods, some commercial, some residential, some for visitors, and it is these that are mentioned below:
Duluth is a large city with a lot to see. Almost any outdoor activity you want to pursue can be found here. Check out the following:
Duluth has a terrific collection of city parks to explore and relax at. The city has large tracts preserved for the use of all. Must sees include:
Spring and fall are cool at night and moderate during the day. Winter can be frigid, so dress warmly. Summer is very pleasant. Being so close to Lake Superior, it's hard to predict the weather. In spring and fall, carry a sweater and a windbreaker in case the wind comes from off of the lake. Dress in layers, so you can make yourself comfortable in a variety of weather. See Weather for current, and seasonal average temperatures.
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Probably the best way, as the USA is made for automobile traffic. Rentals are available at Duluth International Airport.
Greyhound Buses run to West Duluth.
Cruises run during the summer. Sailboating is very popular on Lake Superior, see Sailing Circles for details.
A great way of getting around, Duluth is big enough for a car to be very useful. Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
Duluth Transportation Authority runs buses daily throughout the city. Schedules available at their website.
Duluth is a long city, you can walk to many locations, but a combination of bus and walking would make the most affordable, and best way to get around if you are on a budget.
Duluth has many designated bike routes through the city. The Lakewalk provides access to a large portion of East Duluth. Willard Munger State Trail provides access to some West Duluth Neighborhoods. Biking is relatively safe on secondary roads, a great way to see the city.
Duluth has a wide variety of restaurants and ethnic choices. Prices are affordable, the average dinner for 1 is anywhere from $7 on the cheap side to $50 on the high end. There are a number of "chain" restaurants if you are interested. The following are great local Duluth restaurants:
Duluth has a wide variety of bars, pubs, and coffee houses to choose from. The following are clean, laid back locales, some with live music options:
Duluth has a variety of sleeping options in a variety of prices. These include local motels and chain hotels. Prices are more expensive during the busy summer/tourist season: $50-100 plus/night. Cheaper from late October to early April.
Duluth boasts 3 universities:
There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.
The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.
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