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Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth

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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. Make your Duluth itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • Very impressive structural engineering. Must be there when a ship goes through. Our hotel had information on times the ships would be there, but also the Maritime Museum also has information on arriva...  more »
  • We saw the bridge in operation as it opened to let a very small sail boat with a tall mast through. Interesting if you have not seen one in operation.  more »
  • If you think about it this is an incredible piece of engineering, the lift mechanisms are housed on both sides of the bridge, but they have to be synchronized to lift at exactly the same rate or it wo...  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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