Mid-America's gateway to the sea, Duluth's harbor hosts ships from dozens of nations each year. Duluthians enjoy the beauty and sport of four seasons. In close proximity to the College are beaches, biking and jogging trails, ski resorts, cross-country ski trails, boating and fishing sites and rinks for skating, curling and hockey. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is close enough for week-end visits.
Duluth offers a wide variety of cultural activities as well. Each year the city's auditorium hosts a long list of popular entertainers. The Minnesota Ballet, Duluth Playhouse, and Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra provide exciting year-round schedules. Duluth's many historical attractions include Glensheen, a 39-room neo-Jacobean style mansion built on the Lake Superior shore, the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center, and the Marine Museum at Canal Park.
Duluth's low crime rate, high quality of life and natural beauty frequently earn it high rankings in "best places to live" surveys. Recently, the nonprofit American Institute for Economic Research ranked Duluth one of America's best small metropolitan areas for college students.