Top Attractions in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Shipping is a major industry on the Great Lakes. Watch the freighters inch their way through locks, or learn about those that never made it to dock.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Whitefish Point Light station (pictured) houses accounts of shipwrecks, artifacts (the bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald), restored keeper's quarters and more (800/635-1742; shipwreckmuseum.com).
Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse The museum is small, but the lighthouse tour is a great way to get a glimpse of what a keeper's life was like (906/226-2006; mqtmaritimemuseum.com).
Portage Lake Lift Bridge The widest and heaviest double-decker vertical lift bridge in the world raises its deck for traffic on the Portage Canal in Houghton (michigan.gov/mdot).
Soo Locks Park and Visitors Center Boats lock through and cruise the busy international harbor in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan's oldest city. Viewing platforms provide vantage points for watching ships navigate the 21-foot drop between Superior and Huron lakes (906/635-4236).
Museum Ship Valley Camp In Sault Ste. Marie, this museum is more than a tour of a ship deck. The cargo holds include 100-plus exhibits and aquariums (906/632-3658; saulthistoricsites.com).