There is a lot to be seen from hiking and biking Duluth’s trails, but to take in a lot of landscape in a short amount of time, train rides are a good bet. From the low areas of Spirit Valley to the rocky shores of Lake Superior, trains can lead you through some of the Northland’s most scenic areas. Check out the list below to decide what ride would best fit your desires.
North Shore Scenic Railroad
- Location: 506 West Michigan Street Duluth, MN 55802
- About: The North Shore Scenic Railroad operates on the historic Lakefront Line, a 26-mile section of rail between Duluth and Two Harbors.
- Trip Options
◦ Lester River Train: A 1-1/2 hour trip through downtown and up the shore to Lester River. Price = $14 for adults, $7 for children (3-13).
◦ Two Harbors Train: A six-hour trip up the North Shore with a two-hour layover for lunch in Two Harbors. Price = $28 for adults, $16 for children (3-13).
◦ Family Pizza Train: A 2-1/2 hour trip up the North Shore with pizza and soda for everyone. Price = $22 for adults, $15 for children (3-13).
◦ Special excursions include: a birthday caboose, Grandma’s Marathon, Elegant Dinner Train, Murder Mystery Train, Fall Colors Tour, Beer Tasting Train, Pumpkin Patch Train for Halloween and the Polar Express.
- Contact: (218) 722-1273 or 1-800-423-1273
Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad Company
- Location: 7100 Grand Avenue, across from the Lake Superior Zoo and behind the Little Store.
- About: The 1 hr 40 min trip follows the shoreline of the St. Louis River estuary, Spirit Lake and Mud Lake. This historic route provides a chance to view wildlife in its natural environment, while enjoying the majestic beauty of the river and surrounding area. To ride on a right-of-way over 140 years old with many curves, restored coaches almost 100 years old, and a narration on history is a priceless exposure to “how it was” during the early years of railroading. The all volunteer, non-profit railroad operates over Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight trackage for a short distance, with the remaining track owned by the City of Duluth. The LS&M maintains the city owned track, as well as a portion of BNSF trackage.
- Contact: (218) 624-7549