Destination guide

On the cusp of a Great Lake

Built on a hill on the western tip of Lake Superior, Duluth was once an important shipping town for furs, timber and iron ore. Today, the town is often likened to San Francisco and has a real buzz about it, with visitors coming year-round to explore the lake, visit the many attractions or get their wintery kicks on the nearby slopes. Most of the Duluth vacation rentals are a stone's throw away from the pistes and most have gorgeous views down over the glistening lake and across the forested landscape which changes throughout the seasons.

Things to do

One of the world's biggest steam locomotives

Off the pistes and hiking trails, there's still plenty on offer. The Lake Superior Railroad Museum houses and enormous collection of railroad artifacts including the Mallet, one of the world's longest steam locomotives. If you're staying in a Duluth vacation rental with kids, they'll love the hands-on discovery center at the Great Lakes Aquarium, where they can feed young stingrays and watch divers in the huge tanks. For such a small city, the Lake Superior Zoo is very impressive, housing hundreds of exotic species. If you fancy a flutter, try your luck at the Fond-du-Luth Casino.

Activities

Voted the "Best Town Ever"

A leading outdoor magazine once voted Duluth the "Best Town Ever", and you'll see why shortly after you unpack. With thousands of acres of parkland in the city, countless miles of hiking trails and numerous streams to fish, those who like the outdoors will not be disappointed. From the doorstep of your Duluth vacation rental, you can charter a fishing boat, kayak across Lake Superior or cycle along the shoreline trails. There are also plenty of opportunities for snowy explorations during winter. Hit the bright, white acres of pistes, or go cross country skiing or snowmobiling through the snowy wilderness.

Weather

Local weather for the trip to Duluth vacation homes

The climate in Duluth can be rather fickle. It's not uncommon for temperatures in the height of summer to be in the 60s one day and over 80 the next. Whenever you plan to visit Duluth, pack warm clothes. That said, the days are often sunny and bright, and during fall the forests that surround the lake burst into a spectacular kaleidoscope of colors. Between December and February, the landscape is blanketed in a thick layer of snow which opens up a whole host of wintery activates. Just make sure you bring your gloves.

Natural features

Hawks, black bears and wild orchids

Lake Superior supports a fascinating range of habitats. Under the water, carp and perch thrive, as do trout and salmon. The inland pine forests and bubbling streams are home to playful otters and the odd ambling black bear, while the shoreline is carpeted with blooming flowering rush. If you love wild flowers, the basin of the lake is home to dozens of colorful orchids. To the north is Duluth's Hawk Ridge, a nesting ground for thousands of pairs of migrating hawks, other birds of prey during fall and a little population of elegant whooping cranes.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Duluth

Fly into Duluth, MN (DLH-Duluth Intl.), the closest airport, located 5.2 mi (8.3 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Family fun near Duluth vacation homes

Families with kids will be spoiled for choice for how to spend time in Duluth. Vacation homes put you within reach of kid-friendly places like Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, a museum with exhibits documenting the heritage of the maritime region, and the Duluth Depot, an exhibition and arts space with a rail museum, scenic railway, and arts events. Kids will also like the Duluth Children’s Museum, an educational museum with exhibits, programs, and activities for children.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals in Duluth

Duluth has an array of attractions for couples to enjoy. Vacation rentals are available near places like the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area, an outdoor space with wintertime skiing and a summertime adventure park, and Glensheen, a historic mansion with original furnishings and a tranquil garden. You'll also like the Aerial Lift Bridge, a landmark steel bridge with a deck that lifts to allow large ships to pass.

Can I find a vacation rental around Duluth?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 132 vacation rentals near Duluth. From 25 Cabins to 77 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Duluth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Duluth?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Duluth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Superior Zoo: 81 vacation rentals
  • Park Point Beach: 93 vacation rentals
  • Spirit Mountain: 80 vacation rentals
  • Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad Historic Train Ride: 81 vacation rentals
  • North Shore Scenic Railroad: 90 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Duluth listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Duluth?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 25 Cabins in Duluth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Duluth include:

  • Houses: 77 rentals available
  • Cottages: 25 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 25 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Duluth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in Duluth. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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