Traveling Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has been a longtime favorite pastime in our family. You seriously feel like you’ve entered an entirely different state when you cross the Mackinac Bridge. The only other entry points are along the large Wisconsin land border or across the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Once a significant destination for French Canadian, Swedish, Finnish, and other immigrants looking for work in the mining industry thru the 1920’s, the area’s economy is currently supported mostly by logging and tourism. The Upper Peninsula has almost 30% of the total land area of the entire State of Michigan but only 3% of Michigan’s population. This population temporarily soars in the summer months of July and August when tourists flood the peninsula to partake in the many recreational opportunities and the pure beauty of the area.
If you’re into water sports and don’t mind a chilly body of water – the U.P. has thousands of miles of Lake Superior shoreline to enjoy. I list a few more favorites here but this only scratches the surface……
Tahquamenon Falls – Upper and Lower and the hike between (don’t miss the boat to the lower falls for a summer swim!!) (There are more than 300 additional waterfalls to investigate across the UP)
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – From land or from water this area is truly a national treasure and one you won’t want to miss. If you can get a glimpse from the water either on one of the Munising boat tours or a personal Kayak, you’ll get a whole new perspective of this impressive shoreline.
Porcupine Mountains/Lake of the Clouds – Takes a bit more effort to reach this area but the remote surroundings, the beautiful lake nestled in the mountains, and the dense forest is surely something to experience.
Sault Ste. Marie Locks – Amazing experience to travel through the locks where the water level drops 21 feet between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Local maritime history abounds.
Marquette Black Rock Cliffs – At the tip of the Presque Isle Park in Marquette – jump into the refreshing Lake Superior waters from high atop the cliffs before relaxing along the beach.
Mount Bohemia – Hancock/Houghton – Some of the best snow skiing awaits you in this area and the summer water sports are luring more and more guests to the shores of the lakes and rivers.
And…………..Lighthouses, Snowmobiling, Hunting & Fishing, Breweries, Beaches, Lakes, Wildlife, and SO MUCH MORE!!
And never pass up a U.P. Pastie when hunger strikes – more on this later!!
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