Upper Peninsula Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Upper Peninsula Trip Guide

If you're considering a trip to the UP, you should know that your cell phone may not work all the time and that you’ll hunt in vain for a Starbucks anywhere outside the college town of Marquette. But you’ll also find a place where the Northern Lights electrify the winter sky and the trails and shoreline are inexhaustible.
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Point.
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Visitors might spy moose on Isle Royale National Park.
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Tannins turn Tahquamenon Falls a rich brown color.
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The hike to Montreal Falls near Copper Harbor.
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What to do

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum The bell from the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald draws most people to this Whitefish Point museum, located on the shore of Lake Superior. (888) 492-3747; shipwreckmuseum.com

Isle Royale National Park Visitors to this breathtaking oasis might spy moose, wolves and otters. (906) 482-0984; nps.gov/isro

Keweenaw National Historical Park Sites related to the UP’s copper-mining boom days dot the Keweenaw Peninsula. (906) 337-3168; nps.gov/kewe

Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse The museum is on the small side, but the affordable lighthouse tour is a great way to get a glimpse of a keeper’s lifestyle. Seasonal. (906) 226-2006; mqtmaritimemuseum.com

Munising Bay Shipwreck Tours Boats cruise past a lighthouse or show shipwrecks through glass viewing wells. (906) 387-4477; shipwrecktours.com

Northern Waters Adventures An outfitter leads guided day and overnight kayaking trips along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. (906) 387-2323; northernwaters.com 

Seney National Wildlife Refuge A 150-square-mile mosaic of wetlands, bog and forest draws more than 200 bird species. Explore by car, canoe, foot or bike. (906) 586-9851; fws.gov/refuge/seney

Soo Locks Boat Tours Vessels lock through and cruise the busy international harbor in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan’s oldest city. (800) 432-6301; soolocks.com

Tahquamenon Falls State Park The region’s largest waterfall stars at this park 73 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie. Dine at the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub. (906) 492-3415; michigan.gov/tahquamenonfalls

Washington Street Browse Marquette’s boutiques and galleries. (800) 544-4321; travelmarquettemichigan.com

Where to eat

The Antlers Taxidermic creatures fill the walls of this Sault Ste. Marie landmark; regional faves fill the menu. (906) 253-1728; sooantlers.com

Jean Kay’s Pasties This eatery in Marquette is the place to go for straight-up tasty meat-and-rutabaga pasties. (906) 228-5310; jeankayspasties.com

Randall Bakery Sample UP pasties at the old-time lunch counter in Wakefield, south of the Porcupine Mountains. (855) 283-7730; randallbakery.com

Where to stay

The Landmark Inn Guests choose from 62 individually decorated rooms at this classy restored downtown Marquette hotel. (888) 752-6362; thelandmarkinn.com 

Mountain View Lodges On the east side of the Porcupine Mountains, comfortable cottages include kitchens, fireplaces and screen porches. (906) 885-5256; mtnviewlodges.com

For information: Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association (800) 562-7134; uptravel.com
Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau (888) 766-0325; keweenaw.info
Marquette County Convention and Visitor Bureau (800) 544-4321; travelmarquettemichigan.com
Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 647-2858; saultstemarie.com

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