Spectacular views, small-town museums, ghostly mines and lighthouses greet travelers on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

July 24, 2012
Keweenaw Peninsula.

More than 150 years ago, a copper boom drew thousands to the Keweenaw Peninsula, a mountainous thumb sticking out of the Upper Peninsula into Lake Superior. Visiting the small-town museums, ghostly mines, fort and lighthouses along this 47-mile byway, you can't help but admire the miners' grit and ambition for settling in such a remote land. A 9-mile offshoot, the Brockway Mountain Drive, offers spectacular views.

Small-town surprise We love the UP's iconic meat-and-veggie pasties, but we found fancier fare, too. Try cedar-planked trout at the Michigan House Cafe and Brewpub in Calumet.

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