USA Roadtripping: Duluth, MN

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We’ve done a good bit of traveling over the past few years, but to be honest, neither my husband nor I have traveled much within the U.S.  Part of this is because the U.S. is huge and not the easiest to travel through logistically and the other part of it is because we are still pretty fresh out of school and didn’t really have the financial means to do a lot of traveling until we got our first “real” jobs.

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When my mom asked about taking a road trip while we were in town for the summer, I couldn’t pass up the chance to see a little bit more of my native land.  We decided to head north to catch a break from the blazing temperatures throughout much of the Midwest.

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We based ourselves out of Duluth, an ADORABLE little town on the edge of Lake Superior. We only got to spend a few days there, but I easily could have spent a week enjoying the lake, the FOOD, and all of the cute downtown streets.

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My little brother, husband, and I wanted to hit the ground running after the long drive. Our first order of business was to check out the Aerial Lift Bridge while enjoying some ENORMOUS ice cream cones.

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Next on our agenda was the Lakewalk, which went along the shores of Lake Superior and led up to some pretty rose gardens.  The view of the city at sunset certainly didn’t disappoint.

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Dinner consisted of a fabulous artichoke/basil/garlic pizza and some tasty local brews.  I would have loved to have had a few more days to explore the thriving food and craft brew scene there, so I guess that means I’ll have to go back.

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Of course, we couldn’t leave without a little dip in the beach, although the water was way too cold for swimming.

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Duluth is such a great little gem…totally worth the 12-hour drive!  I’m not in any rush to leave Turkey, but if I ever did come back to live Stateside, Duluth just might be a contender for a new home.  At the very least, I might be able to convince my mom to move there so I can visit every summer.

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