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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. 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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  • should be the most photographed things in Minnesota on the way to the canadian border. situated on the great lakes and the cooly lit up bridge in the night, this becomes a must place to see when you a...  more »
  • We were staying at the end of the bridge so could watch it go up and down as the ships went through. Was a great experience seeing how the bridge works. 
  • We are always eager to see the Lift Bridge in Duluth. We try to catch a freighter coming in off Lake Superior. What a treat to see a small city floating on the water and coming into port. 
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  • It is a must see when in Duluth. Try to stick around long enough for a ship to come in or out. It is incredible to see a cargo ship pass by that close. Especially when they are coming in empty and riding high in the water.
  • It's a bridge :) But it's pretty cool and you can walk across it. Pretty neat to see it raised and watch the ships go through. If you're trying to cross (food or car) you can get stuck for 20-30 minutes (or more) while it's raised.
  • This Duluth icon is not your average bridge. Nothing quite shares the excitement of watching the bridge raise vertically to allow boats and ships to pass underneath. Then, ships sound their booming horns as a friendly greeting to the bridge operator, to which the bridge operator sounds the bridge's two Westinghouse locomotive horns in reply. The harbor basin allows you to hear the horns echo from the high hills of Duluth. What other bridge shares the privilege of being a gatekeeper between the beauty of Lake Superior, and the global and bustling shipping industry of the Duluth Port?
  • Who doesn't love the lift bridge in Duluth? What's not to love? Right in the middle of the USA we were standing right next to a 1000 foot ship as it glided in through the canal.
  • Duluth's most prominent landmark. Worth visiting if you haven't been there before.