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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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Do

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

Eat

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

Stay

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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