Superior Street, Duluth ’s historic main drag, is lined with gorgeous turn-of-the-20th-century buildings, and you should take some time to admire the classic architecture of a bygone era: They don’t build them like this anymore — and unfortunately Duluth  no longer preserves them like they used to. The free Downtown Duluth : Architecture and Public Art brochure, available at the downtown tourist office, points out dozens of historic buildings on Superior Street and elsewhere. The one building not to miss, though it would be difficult to do so, is Old Central High School. This 1892 Romanesque Revival brownstone has gargoyles and a 230-foot clock tower with chimes patterned after London’s Big Ben. Beyond downtown, the Walking Tour of Duluth ’s Historic East End brochure details two dozen historic houses on Superior and 1st Streets between 21st and 24th Avenues.
For a more in-depth look at the city’s past, hop aboard the Port Town Trolley for Historic Architecture Tours (218/727-8025, 10 a.m. every other Sun. June–Oct., $32). The 3.5-hour tours, led by a storytelling guide in period costume, start at The Depot and cross Canal Park , downtown, the East End, and Fitger’s; plus the price includes a brunch buffet at Bennett’s on the Lake and free admission to The Depot. You can also buy an entertaining CD ($12) of the tour at The Depot, Visit Duluth  offices, and many stores.