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What Would You Drive 200 Miles For From Duluth?

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YouTube Vlogger Justin Kittleson drove to Duluth to try the Timber Twister Alpine Coaster at Spirit Mountain. It got me thinking what I would drive 200 miles for.

I was curious to see what was 200 miles away from our beautiful city in all four directions. To the North we have Thunder Bay, Canada (189 miles). To the east you would find Nisula, MI (192 miles). The south is Faribault, MN (201 miles), and the west we have good ole Detroit Lakes, MN (194 miles).

Thunder Bay is the most populated city in Northwestern Ontario with 108,359 residents (2011 census) and is located on Lake Superior. The Canadian city is home to many attractions like the Thunder Oak Cheese FarmFort William Historical Park, Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, and many more. Thunder Bay is a beautiful big city with lots to do. Just remember to bring your passport and get used to hearing “eh”.

Nisula is a small unincorporated community in Michigan that has some history, but nothing to do according to TripAdvisor. Unless you want to get away for a few days, they have some vacation rentals.

If you want to stay in Minnesota but not go to the cities, there’s always Faribault. It’s a smaller town with a population of about 23, 352 (2010 census), but it is home to a state prison. There’s also things to do like go to the River Bend Nature Center, tour  F-Town Brewing Company, or shop at the Faribault Woolen Mill, plus a few other attractions.

Finally heading to the west, we have Detroit Lakes. Another small Minnesotan town with a population of 8,569 (2010 census). According to TripAdvisor, there are about 14 things to do including: go to the public beach on the shores of Detroit Lake, shop at the Shady Hollow Flea Market, do some outdoor activities at the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area and other small town attractions.

After doing some research, they actually all sound fun except maybe Nisula. Back to my main point though, Kittleson and friends got to the coaster which was unfortunately closed. So they hung around Canal and ate at Grandma’s like a typical tourists. You can check out his video below and let me know what 200 mile road trip from Duluth you would take. I’d probably head up to Canada eh.

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