Mom, Bailie, and I recently took a road trip to Duluth in my 2016 Kia Sorento. If you follow me on social media you may have seen some photos of me and the car. I will be posting a review on it next week. I can tell you, it is an awesome SUV! Mom, Katie, and I were up to Duluth and actually a bit further north to the Split Rock Light House a few years ago, but it was Bailie’s first time.
One thing we all were wild about in the Sorento was the navigation. We have seen a lot of different navigation screens but this one was by far the most fun, and easiest to read. Duluth is located on the North Shore. According to this screenshot, we were about six minutes from our destination, and look at the picture. How could you drive the wrong way with such a clear picture of where to drive?
Since we had such a nice car, I wanted to be sure it was secure before we left to go exploring. Luckily, I found this anchor to hook up to the car. I figure it wouldn’t float away in the lake, and no one could drive it away either.
We started our exploration in Canal Park, an old warehouse district that has been converted to all kinds of shops and restaurants, and is located right on Lake Superior. No road trip to Duluth would be complete with out photos of the aerial lift bridge which is a major landmark in Duluth. The span began life as an extremely rare transporter bridge, the first of just two such bridges ever constructed in the United States. Originally built in 1905, the bridge was upgraded in 1929–30 to a vertical lift bridge, which is rather uncommon, and continues to operate today. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 22, 1973.
I wouldn’t want the car to feel left out, so we snapped a shot of the car with some of the bridge in the background. Pretty sharp looking car, I must say. Now imagine me behind the wheel, cruising along. It’s a wonder other cars don’t simply drive off the road in awe!
After exploring Canal Park, we drove across the aerial lift bridge and went to a nice beach to do some walking around. I let Mom do the driving in town, and I made myself comfy in the back of the Sorento. I put my 4Knines SUV cargo liner in the back to keep it nice and clean. It is so easy to move it from one vehicle to another, just unclip the two headrest straps and take it out. In the next vehicle, simply resnap the headrest clips. If you are looking for a cargo liner or seat cover, I highly recommend 4Knines. (Affiliate link)
If you saw my post yesterday about the Barkworthies, the photos were from this beach. This is a photo our road trip navigator took of Mom and me working on the review. We had no idea about it until we were back home.
Before we headed back home, Bailie and I took one last shot on the beach. You can see the big cargo ship in the background still waiting to get into port. That was our road trip to Duluth. Awesome weather, great car, super fun day! We all decided we want to go back again and spend a couple days to really go hiking, play in the water, etc, but either early spring or late fall, not during tourist season.