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Travel to the North Shore!
Adventure Awaits!

A visit to the North Shore of Lake Superior is nothing short of extraordinary and is the experience of a lifetime. The way of life on the North Shore is unparalleled with its breath-taking scenery, local brews and eats, and plethora of outdoor adventures no matter the season! Create memorable experiences as you explore St. Louis County, Lake County, Cook County, and everywhere in between!

Whether you are an empty-nester, a youthful adventure-seeker, or simply looking for new places to explore with the family, St. Louis County and the greater Duluth area has limitless opportunities for adventure, exploration, history, culture, sports and recreation, arts and entertainment, and fun for all ages and abilities!

Duluth is the home of the mighty Beargrease and the gateway to the North Shore. The unique climate effect of the world’s largest freshwater lake creates a colorful palette in the fall – and intense winter conditions for our mushers.

Glensheen Mansion

Come see why Glensheen Mansion, perched on the shore of Lake Superior, is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. The 12-acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th-century craftsmanship, telling the story of the Duluth region.

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Bentleyville Tour of Lights 

Back to a Walk Through –Bentleyville is a walk through event again! We switched to a drive through format in 2020 due to covid-19 restrictions, but we are happy to see everyone in-person again!

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The northern lights as seen from some state park

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Snowshoeing on some trail

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Duluth is the gateway to the North Shore and the home of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Duluth Eats and Drinks Unique to Minnesota’s North Shore

Restaurants, bars, pubs, breweries, and distilleries…the Duluth area offers excellent options for eating out or sampling local libations.  Looking for pet-friendly patios? We have them!  (After all, the dog is man’s best friend, right?)

Duluth has an award-winning craft beer scene with a long history of beer brewing. Whether it’s in Canal Park, Lincoln Park, over-the-hill or in Downtown–Duluth has it all.

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Blacklist

Blacklist is the first brewing company in Minnesota to brew delicious, handcrafted spiked seltzers with water exclusively from Lake Superior. Known for Belgian style brews, they’ve expanded to many different styles of IPA’s as well as sours. You can also head over to blacklistbeer.com to book your axe throwing reservations on the weekend!

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Bent Paddle

The first brewery that started our beer traditions – is known for bending tradition in Duluth, Minnesota since 2013, Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is notorious for creating one batch of quality craft beer at a time. 100% of their beer is made with some of the freshest water in the world, from Lake Superior. Located at 1832 W Michigan St. in Duluth, Bent Paddle is a must visit!

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Sir Ben’s

Sir Ben’s brings out the feel of Duluth’s historic lakeside and embraces the English tavern feel. Fantastic homemade foods, 20+ beers on tap and a full bar with live music 6 nights a week. A huge part of Sir Ben’s is the music, from live local bands, Open Mic Night, Bluegrass and Celtic. Sir Ben’s has a little something for everyone!

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Billy’s

Billy’s – the START of the BEARGREASE – is located at 3502 W. Tischer Road in Duluth, MN. Great food- order in or take out. On/off sale. Known for some of the best comfort foods, including tater tot hotdish, Billy’s is always ready to serve you!

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Breeze Inn

This gem just outside of the city limits near our starting line was Voted Duluth’s best burger, Best Fish Fry and the Twin Ports Best Bar and grill!! They were featured nationally on The Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food! Cozy atmosphere that’s family friendly with amazing hand-pattied burgers, specialty sandwiches, homemade soups and a full bar with 16 local and regional taps!

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7 West Miller Hill Mall

A burger place with so much more! Craft beer selections, artisan cocktails, and wine for your enjoyment. Try our selection of burgers, tacos & flatbreads! At 7 West, we can help you relax after a hectic day by offering you a craft favorite and one of our famous BeerBurgers!

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Ursa Minor

Small batch craft beer in their taproom with wood-fired pizza, a year-round pet-friendly patio, live music every weekend, and regular taproom events and games. Ursa Minor believes in Comfort Beer. Their passion lies with the art, and craft, of creating amazing beer and the phenomenon that occurs when people come together to enjoy something truly great.

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Blackwoods in Proctor

Burgers, Steaks, Seafood, Homemade Classics, Pastas… and that’s just one table! Locally Owned & Family Operated Restaurants in Duluth, Proctor, and Two Harbors.

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Boomtown

BoomTown is an upscale casual restaurant with an in-house brewery, featuring a wood-fired grill with chef-driven from scratch cuisine. Boomtown is the kind of place that reminds us of warm memories with our own families and friends around a fire. A place we’d want to relax for hours; with a warm, upscale ambience, scratch cooking and hearty craft beers. COMFORT FOOD WITH A TWIST best describes our menu.

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Duluth Accommodations

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Hotels, bed & breakfast, historic inns, vacation rentals, camping…there are a variety of lodging options in the Duluth area. Place A has outstanding ratings. Place B is conveniently located for those seeking urban lodging that is close to historical experiences, educational venues, arts & entertainment, and outdoor recreation.

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City Parks

Duluth is proud of its 130 city parks. You will find beautiful parkland, unique playgrounds, urban gardens, picnic areas, and opportunities for biking, hiking, or birding.

Outdoor Adventure

Duluth is brimming with opportunities for outdoor adventures.

  • Day Tripper of Duluth: Guided outdoor trips in every season!
  • Duluth Traverse: This single-track trail is purpose built for mountain biking. It is designed to be a multi-use trail system linking neighborhoods and people to green spaces and the beautiful parks in Duluth.
  • Lake Superior Helicopter Tours: Choose from three different tours for a flight with unprecedented views.
  • Mont du Lac Resort: Visit this all-season resort offering skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in winter. Enjoy a variety of activities in the summer including summer tubing, a beach, waterpark, disc golf, archery, mountain biking, and a marina with jet ski and watercraft rentals.
  • Positive Energy Outdoors: Choose your Duluth or North Shore adventure – dog sledding, sleigh and wagon rides, skijoring, rock and ice climbing. Nature-based childcare and day camps, tours for all ages and abilities.
  • Spirit Mountain: Offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, fat biking, Midwest’s largest terrain park
  • Spirit Mountain Adventure Park: Year-round alpine coaster, snow tubing in winter

Family Educational Fun

Want to plan a family trip to Duluth? There are lots of activities that can be enjoyed by young and young-at-heart alike! And you might learn a thing or two along the way.

The “goodest” dogs
Need your help

What a sled dog looks forward to most after a long day of racing is a nice bed of straw! But guess what happened at last year’s race? Someone stole all our straw right before the race start! Thankfully, great fans like you helped us out during the final hour to provide this vital supply for our amazing dogs.

These dogs simply are the best – and we want to be able to continue treating them that way! Donations from fans like you make that possible. Would you find it in your heart to help us out? No amount is too small in sled dog world!

What to expect when you come see the Beargrease Marathon

Watching the Beargrease is not for the faint of heart. Neither is it for dress shoes, fancy clothes, makeup, or showers (we’re only half joking). Watching the race or volunteering involves spending hours outside in the harshest weather that Northern Minnesota can offer.

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Important events for the Beargrease

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Thankfully You Don’t Have to Wait For a Dogsled to Get Your Mail These Days

Stay up-to-date with the latest Beargrease news; winter isn’t the only time we have fun!
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