Dec 3, 2023 - Things to Do

Why Duluth is a perfect holiday getaway destination

A light display at Bentleyville

Bentleyville in Duluth. Photo: Nick Halter/Axios

For an easy road trip to get you into the holiday spirit, traveling two hours closer to the North Pole can do the trick.

Driving the news: Duluth's Bentleyville Tour of Lights runs through Dec. 26 and can serve as the focal point for a trip to the Zenith city.

Catch up fast: Now in its 20th year, Bentleyville illuminates Bayfront Park with five million lights and offers hot chocolate, cookies and s'mores, plus visits with Santa and other holiday characters.

  • It's all free, except for $10 parking.

Be smart: Consider staying in one of Canal Park's hotels, from which you can walk to the lights and bypass traffic and parking.

Plus: The wonderful Great Lakes Aquarium ($16-$20 admission) is also within a quick walk.

  • Scuba Santa makes weekend appearances through Dec. 17.

Zoom out: Don't sleep on Duluth's culinary scene. Some of Axios Twin Cities' favorites include Duluth Grill, Northern Waters Smokehouse, Corktown Deli & Brews, Bent Paddle and Fitger's Brewhouse.

  • A burger and a beer at Anchor Bar in Superior is also worth the trip across the bay.
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