Upper Peninsula Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Upper Peninsula Trip Guide

Revel in nature, set off on an active adventure and explore maritime heritage in the land north of the Mackinac Bridge—the UP.
Tannins turn Tahquamenon Falls a rich brown color.
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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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Soo Locks Boat Tours.
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The hike to Montreal Falls near Copper Harbor.
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The Landmark Inn
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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Learn about the most treacherous of the Great Lakes and ring the bell from the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald at this Whitefish Point museum on Lake Superior. (888) 492-3747; shipwreckmuseum.com

Isle Royale National Park Experience Isle Royale's remote, rugged beauty on 165 miles of hiking trails and at 36 campgrounds. Then explore the 400-plus surrounding Lake Superior islands. (906) 482-0984; nps.gov/isro

Keweenaw National Historical Park Twenty-eight sites related to the UP’s copper-mining boom, like a miner’s cabin and the Quincy Mine, dot the Keweenaw Peninsula. (906) 337-3168; nps.gov/kewe

Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse The museum is small, but the lighthouse tour educates about a keeper’s life. (906) 226-2006; mqtmaritimemuseum.com

Munising Bay Shipwreck Tours Look up to see a lighthouse or down through glass viewing wells to see shipwrecks. (906) 387-4477; shipwrecktours.com

Northern Waters Adventures Guided day or half-day kayaking trips explore Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore—15 miles of dunes, waterfalls and sandstone cliffs streaked by minerals. (906) 387-2323; northernwaters.com 

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park The state’s largest state park holds many wonders: lakes, tumbling waterfalls and turbulent rivers. michigandnr.com

Seney National Wildlife Refuge A mosaic of wetlands, bog and forests supports more than 200 bird species. Hike the 1.4-mile Pine Ridge Nature Trail to see songbirds and beavers. Backcountry roads are open to bikes, or paddle the Manistique River. (906) 586-9851; fws.gov/refuge/seney

Soo Locks Boat Tours Passengers get up-close looks at 1,000-foot freighters while cruising the busy international harbor in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan’s oldest city. (800) 432-6301; soolocks.com

Tahquamenon Falls State Park A paved path leads to the region’s largest waterfall, the star of this park (54 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie). Row out to an island for a great view.  (906) 492-3415; michigan.gov/tahquamenonfalls

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


The Antlers Taxidermic creatures decorate this Sault Ste. Marie landmark serving regional faves like venison meat loaf.  (906) 253-1728; saultantlers.com

Jean Kay’s Pasties The deli-style restaurant in Marquette specializes in the traditional UP dish: the Cornish pastie. (906) 228-5310; jeankayspasties.com

Lake Superior Brewing Company at the Dunes Saloon This logging-era tavern in Grand Marais comes complete with knotty pine walls, can’t-miss Lake Superior whitefish and house beers. Lake Superior Brewing Company on Facebook

Randall Bakery Sample pasties bursting with meat and potatoes at the old-time lunch counter in Wakefield, south of the Porcupine Mountains. Locals also stop in for doughnuts. (855) 283-7730; Randall Bakery on Facebook


The Landmark Inn Guests choose from 62 rooms—some with fireplaces or whirlpool tubs—at this classy, restored 1930 Marquette hotel.  (888) 752-6362; thelandmarkinn.com 

Mountain View Lodges In Ontonagon, on the eastern edge of the Porcupine Mountains and on Lake Superior, cottages have 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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