Revel in nature, set off on an active adventure and explore maritime heritage in the land north of the Mackinac Bridge—the UP. Popular destinations include Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park and Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Do

Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours 

Look up to see a lighthouse and cliffs, or down through glass viewing wells to see two shipwreck sites near Munising. shipwrecktours.com

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum 

Learn about the treacherous Lake Superior and see the bell from the ill-fated freighter Edmund Fitzgerald at Whitefish Point. shipwreckmuseum.com

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Point.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
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Iron Ore Heritage Trail 

The 47-mile rail-to-trail path travels along the Lake Superior shore and through historic mining communities. ironoreheritage.com

Isle Royale National Park 

Visitors arrive by boat or seaplane for adventures, including hiking, kayaking, camping and scuba diving, on this cluster of 450-plus islands in Lake Superior. nps.gov

Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale National Park
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Keweenaw National Historical Park 

Dozens of sites related to the UP's copper-mining boom, including a miner's cabin and the Quincy Mine, dot the Keweenaw Peninsula. nps.gov

Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse

The museum is small, but the lighthouse tour educates about a keeper's life. mqtmaritimemuseum.com

Northern Waters Adventures 

Guided half-day or full-day kayaking trips explore the multicolored cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. northernwaters.com 

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore 

Sandstone cliffs streaked by minerals, dunes, beaches, waterfalls and forested shoreline stretch for more than 40 miles between Munising and Grand Marais. nps.gov

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park 

Michigan's largest state park (60,000 acres) holds rivers, lakes and tumbling waterfalls. Don't miss Lake of the Clouds, surrounded by old-growth forest. michigandnr.com

Porcupine Mountains, Michigan
Lake of the Clouds
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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. fws.gov

Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours 

Passengers get up-close looks at 1,000-foot freighters in the busy international harbor of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan's oldest city. soolocks.com

Soo Locks Boat Tours
Soo Locks Boat Tours
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park 

A paved path leads to the region's largest waterfall, the star of this 46,179-acre park (70 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie).michigan.gov

Tannins turn Michigan's Tahquamenon Falls a rich brown color.
Tahquamenon Falls
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Washington Street

Browse Marquette's boutiques and galleries. travelmarquettemichigan.com

Eat and Drink

The Antlers Restaurant 

Taxidermic creatures decorate this Sault Ste. Marie landmark serving regional favorites like cherry chicken and beer cheese. saultantlers.com

The Delft Bistro 

A historic theater-turned-bistro in Marquette dishes innovative fare such as salmon poke. thedelftbistro.com

Elizabeth's Chophouse 

A cheese and charcuterie board is large enough to share, but you'll want to keep cedar-planked whitefish with garlic spinach all to yourself. The balcony overlooks Marquette's ore docks. elizabethschophouse.com

Jean Kay's Pasties and Subs

The deli-style restaurant in Marquette specializes in the traditional UP dish: the Cornish pastie. jeankayspasties.com

Jamsen's Fish Market and Bakery

Grab a cheddar-bacon-and-chive scone or a turnover with wild berries from this Copper Harbor shop, which overlooks Lake Superior. jamsen.biz

Lake Superior Brewing Company at the Dunes Saloon 

This logging-era tavern in Grand Marais comes with knotty pine walls, can't-miss seasonal Lake Superior whitefish and house beers like Riptide IPA. Lake Superior Brewing Company on Facebook

Ore Dock Brewing Company

The brewery pays homage to Marquette's heritage with local art on display and a bar inlaid with iron-ore pellets. Grab one of 10 beers on tap and borrow a board game or see if live music is on the evening schedule. ore-dock.com

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. randallbakery.com

Roy's Pasties And Bakery 

Meat and potatoes (and other variations) fill flaky piecrust pockets—a miners' lunch staple. The Houghton bakery is one of many UP spots that continue the tradition. royspasties.com

Roy's Pasties and Bakery
Roy's Pasties
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Stay

The Landmark Inn 

Guests choose from 66 rooms and suites—some with fireplaces or whirlpool tubs—at this restored 1930 Marquette hotel. thelandmarkinn.com

Mountain View Lodges

In Ontonagon, on the eastern edge of the Porcupine Mountains, cottages have kitchens, fireplaces and screened porches. mtnviewlodges.com

Roam Inn 

A lumber baron's 1896 home has morphed into a lodge-like inn in Munising. Some of the 18 guest rooms offer Lake Superior views. roam-inn.com

The Vault Hotel

Teller windows, salvaged bank boxes and a massive vault leave no doubt about the history of this building, recently reimagined as a boutique hotel. The sandstone building opened in 1887 as Houghton National Bank, at a time when copper mining and Great Lakes shipping brought in millions of dollars. Guests today can choose from three floors of guest rooms, themed to "Old Money," "New Money" and "Found Money." thevaulthotel.com

For more information: Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association uptravel.com

Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau keweenaw.info

Marquette County Convention and Visitor Bureau  travelmarquettemichigan.com

Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitors Bureau  saultstemarie.com