Top Attractions in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Small towns capture the charm and distill the history of the North Woods.
Houghton and Hancock An enormous lift bridge and the towering Quincy Mine Hoist (quincymine.com) dominate the skylines of Houghton and Hancock (pictured) on the Keweenaw Peninsula (keweenaw.org).
Marquette With a population of 19,600, it's the largest town on the UP. Come for top-rated Presque Isle Beach and stay for an afternoon of eating and browsing along Washington Street (marquettecountry.org).
Calumet and Copper Harbor Visit the Calumet Theater (calumettheatercom), one of a dozen 19th-century buildings in this historic copper mining town. Snowmobile along more than 200 miles of trails to Copper Harbor, another former copper boomtown. Take the scenic Brockway Mountain Drive, which looks down on tour boats traveling to the 1866 Copper Harbor Lighthouse (keweenaw.info; keweenaw.org; copperharbor.org).
Sault Ste. Marie In this historic riverfront town of 16,630, boat tours and maritime attractions fill a weekend. Find beaches, shipwreck lore and roaring waterfalls. Sault Historic Sites features a museum ship, Tower of History and River of History (saultstemarie.com).
St. Ignace Videos at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (stignace.com) show how Native Americans made birch-bark canoes. Down the street at the Fort de Buade Indian Museum, see more artifacts, including weapons.
Newberry The Tahquamenon Logging Museum chronicles the region's 19th-century timber era with displays and photos depicting lumberjack life. Rescued black bears wander outdoor enclosures at Oswald's Bear Ranch (oswaldsbearranch.com; newberrychamber.net).
Whitefish Point Learn about migratory birds on guided walks or at feeding stations at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory near Paradise (wpbo.org).