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Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth

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Bridge Tourist Spot
Visit Aerial Lift Bridge to see one of only two vertical-lift bridges in the world. Built in 1905, the bridge was upgraded between 1929 and 1930 to lift vertically. The entire bridge rises, just like an elevator, to allow boats to pass underneath. The United States Army Corps of Engineers manages a maritime museum that will help you understand the complex mechanism. Check the shipping schedule in advance so you're sure to see the bridge in action. Put Aerial Lift Bridge into our Duluth holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • My husband, son, and I walked from our hotel to the bridge just as it was rising. It was awesome to watch two huge freight ships pass by under the bridge and then to see the bridge lower. It was also ...  more »
  • The lift bridge is a short walk down canal park with lots of room to stroll and cement sides for sitting and watching. Plus there are lots of benches near by. Watching a big ship come in or out of har...  more »
  • No matter how many times I have seen this bridge in action, it never bores me! And who wouldn't want to stand under it and watch it come down! You must reach out and touch it as you stroll under!!  more »
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  • I've lived in Duluth for 13 years and to this day i still stop and watch the bridge go up and down. I once heard that Duluth is the number one tourist town in Minnesota, and thats because the Aerial Lift Bridge is the number one tourist attraction in the state. If you've yet to see it, you will not be disappointed. Especially when a Great Lakes ore ship passes under its magnificent structure.
  • This is the second time I have been to the bridge and I enjoyed it. Getting to see several hundred feet ships and occasional thousand foot ship come through is spectacular.
  • If it is sight if you are walking or biking.. but a road block if you are driving.. either way.. it is must see if you are in Duluth. And you have the beautiful Lake Superior when you look the other way..
  • I haven't been here for many years but it never gets old. The beautiful vastness of this lake is just hard to believe that we have this gem in Minnesota.
  • Beautiful and large. Right outside the Inn on Superior and 2 other hotels with essentially a free museum right near this. You can see anchors, boat parts, the light houses, etc. Great and free place to see and visit.

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Where to stay in Duluth

Canal Park and the downtown areas offer a full range of lodging, including tower hotels, national-chain motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts. For a more scenic stay, book accommodation with views of Lake Superior. Staying in Canal Park or downtown puts you within easy reach of numerous restaurants, shops, and attractions, but you should also consider bedding down in the historical area east of Chester Park. Many of the inns and bed and breakfasts here occupy turn-of-the-century mansions, and the neighborhood itself offers a quiet respite from busy downtown and Canal Park.
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