Destination: Duluth/ Grand Rapids Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Jessie Fetterling
January 31, 2012
Minnesota and Wisconsin have several things in common: Midwestern hospitality, budget-friendly prices and seasonal weather allowing for outdoor activities year-round, requiring only a change in what to wear. Both states have an abundance of water, with rivers flowing into lakes, rolling into tiny inlets and back. A drive through the area presents a glistening landscape that looks as if a road of waters paves the way. With a bounty of waterfront options, these two states also guarantee a rejuvenating atmosphere for meetings, where groups will find it almost impossible not to meet by the water.
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Lake Superior’s shoreline is the highlight of Duluth, a midsized northern city, which serves as a port for more than 1,000 freighters traversing the Great Lakes. Much of Duluth is perched on the hillsides above the waterfront while many of the city’s hotels are located on Superior Street along the main corridor downtown.
Duluth, along with Superior, Wis., makes up the central metro area referred to as Twin Ports. The two cities share a harbor and work together as the Great Lakes’ largest waterfront export dock.
The city is the home of America’s only freshwater aquarium called the Great Lakes Aquarium. The aquarium is a three-story building that features numerous permanent exhibits like fan-favorite, the Otter Cove, as well as traveling exhibits that take up residence for months at a time. For something different, the Fond-du-Luth Casino offers gaming in the heart of downtown’s dining and entertainment district. Another option that will give groups a taste of life on the lake is a chartered fishing trip on Lake Superior.