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The Duluth, MN Area

The Lake Superior region that includes Duluth was originally occupied by the Indian tribe of Anishinaabe, otherwise known as Ojibwe or Chippewa.  They were preceded by numerous other tribes before becoming the dominant Indian nation in the region, after acquiring more sophisticated weaponry, which allowed them to defeat and force others out of the region.  They would inhabit the area for more than 500 years dealing mostly with French fur traders as demand for it grew from the beaver hat fashion trend. 

During this time, the Ojibwe made a name for themselves as experts in constructing birch bar canoes, mastering copper arrow points, and wild rice cultivators.  Treaties executed between 1837 and 1889 limited the Ojibwe to smaller reservations.  To slow penetration further west.  The Ojibwe became the first to control the European population of the land with the plan of drafting more detailed treaties with Euro-Canadian leaders.

In the mid 1850’s, rumors of copper mining drew interest to the area; followed by a treaty that reserved land for gold-miners, which lead to iron ore mining in the area.  This along with new shipping channels, and small towns around the Saint Louis River formed the beginning of Duluth as a city.  The seaport city of Duluth was named after European explorer, Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut .

Lake Superior is the gateway to Duluth for vessels exiting the Atlantic Ocean via the Great Lakes Waterway.  The entry from the Atlantic to the far westward city of Duluth is a whopping 2,340 mile journey.  Duluth is the largest U.S. city bordering the Great Lake.

Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin together form a metro area known as the Twin Ports; due to the fact that they share the Duluth-Superior harbor and combined is the largest port transporting natural resources such as coal, iron ore, and grain.

Hotel Services & Amenities

At La Quinta Inn & Suites Duluth, you’ll be treated to the quality amenities offered standard at all La Quinta hotels.  You’ll arrive to a clean room where you’ll want to plop down on a soft cushiony pillow top bed to relax and watch premium programming on tv on 39” flat screen HDTV’s before dozing off to a tranquil sleep. 

Start your morning off with a fresh cup of coffee brewed in our single cup coffee maker.  Or skip coffee and head down to the Bright Side Breakfast Bar® and fill up on Free Bright Side Breakfast® and fill up on Waffles, Hot or cold cereal, baked bread and muffins, healthy fruit, delicious pastries, and tasty bagels.  To drink you’ll find coffee, juice, and milk.

All of our rooms include a Microwave & Refrigerator, so you can enjoy leftovers throughout your stay.  With the hair dryer and iron with ironing board, you can be sure to look your best for business meetings or a night out on the town.  Free high speed wireless internet keeps you on the grid; connected on all your wireless devices that you can’t live without.  There is an alarm click, a phone with free local calls, and voicemail, to keep you on track and in communication with your Duluth contacts while in town.

Attractions Near Duluth

Make time to visit some of the area attractions here in Duluth.  Drop by the Great Lakes Aquarium and admire the precious aquatic life at America’s only all-freshwater aquarium.  Also be sure to get a glimpse of the Aerial Lift Bridge – a landmark that is the first bridge of its kind in the United States.  Cross on over to Canal Park where you’ll find great boutique shops and restaurants.

You’ve just got to drive down Minnesota Point/Park Point – a six mile narrow stretch of land where you can experience breathtaking views on your course to the recreation district where you can enjoy the beaches and outdoor activities.

Take a tour through Lake Superior Railroad Museum where you can see the North Shore Scenic Railroad – a heritage railroad where you’ll be fascinated with historical articles and information about the locomotives on exhibit.  If you like that, also visit the Historic Union Depot for more railroad artifacts and info.  Another stop on your road down history lane should be the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center for more amazing exhibits.  Don’t stop there, tour the 39-room mansion, Glensheen Historic Estate for yet another historical siting. 

Plan an adventurous ski trip at the Spirit Mountain Ski Resort.  Enger Tower is a must-see attraction.  The 80-foot tower is a five stories high observation tower offering a 360 degree view of the Twin Ports.  Take a mini-train tour of Lake Superior Zoo – an indoor/outdoor zoo featuring exotic animals as well as all the familiar barnyard animals you find interesting, but don’t get to see very often.  After a day of sightseeing with the kids, head over to Fond-Du-Luth Casino for some grown-up fun.

If you are in town for a college event or visiting a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, College of St. Scholastica, or Lake Superior College, we’d love to have you at a guest.  Our Duluth, MN hotel is located within 3-6 ½ miles of all these fine schools.  We are also near Duluth Air and National Guard and many area restaurants including Fitger’s Brewhouse, Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Grandma’s Saloon & Grill, Applebees, Buffalo Wild Wings, Texas Roadhouse, Duluth Grill, Red Lobster, Perkins, and Olive Garden.  Enjoy a great lodging experience, near all these attractions, when you stay at our hotel in Duluth, MN.