Reader feedback: Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Since: Aug 07

Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 20, 2007
Have your own suggestions for visiting Michigan's Upper Peninsula? Share your tips with other readers.

Jenison, MI

#2 Jan 21, 2008
Don't forget to see Tahquamenon Falls and the many other waterfalls in the U.P. Bond Falls (near Bruce Crossing) is especially nice.

United States

#3 Jan 21, 2008
Mackinac Island. Gotta love it. A little expensive to stay overnite but for a day trip it is nice. Awesome fudge too :)

United States

#4 Jan 21, 2008
Another nice place to visit for the day is Sault Ste Marie. Third oldest city in the US.

Aurora, MO

#5 Jan 21, 2008
Black River Harbor. Lake-In-The-Clouds. Silver City. Quincy Mines. Ottawa National Forest.
Bob Bennett

Kansas City, MO

#6 Jan 21, 2008
What about Escanaba ? The Buck Inn alone is worth the trip....
Janet Virva


#7 Jan 21, 2008
Beaver Island!(oops, shouldn't let out that wonderful secret!)

Dafter, MI

#8 Jan 21, 2008
In addition to the Keweenaw Peninsula, try the Porcupine Mountains (Lake-In-The-Clouds, etc) for fall color...and don't forget to rent/watch 'Escanaba In Da Moonlight' by Jeff Daniels before ya head to da UP, eh? Isle Royale is really nice during the whole month of summer, too.

Chicago, IL

#9 Jan 22, 2008
Make sure if you are traveling through the U.P. make sure you swing through Munising. The Hiawatha forest has many areas to visit including Pictured Rocks

Concord, CA

#10 Jan 22, 2008
Snowmobiling in the UP has got to be one of the highlights to the winter sports enthusiast. From Christmas to Paradise, the Grand Island and Grand Marais, such beautiful natural scenery is hard to come by any other way but on these groomed trails!

Bensenville, IL

#11 Jan 22, 2008
Wow - the U.P., and the Keeweenaw - my absolute favorite place in the world!

Going on right now through Feb 2: Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival. Huge statues built by students, broomball, hockey, events - see pics from last year at:

While at MTU, stop up on the 5th floor of the EERC and visit the world-class A.E. Seaman Mineralogical Museum.

The Keeweenaw:
In the summer, visit Ft. Wilkins Historical State Park, when the re-enactors are on-site. Find out what it was like to live in 1873 in Copper Harbor.

Visit the lighthouses in the Keeweenaw, including the Copper Harbor lighthouse.

Stop at the Jam Pot between Eagle River and Eagle Harbor. This little store is run by the Society of St. Johh, a monastic group. They have great locally-made items, including the incredible THIMBLEBERRY jam. While you're there, take some pictures of the small, but scenic, Jacob's Creek Falls right next door.

Take a short hike back to Hungarian Falls:

Take a tour through the Atlantic Mine or the Quincy Mine, and see the true history of the area.

You can easily spend several days in this small little peninisula. It's truly a hidden treasure.

Bloomington, IN

#12 Jan 22, 2008
If you are going to hike at Pictured Rocks, PLEASE, find a map that has mileage on it! My brother and I inadvertantly chose a 26 mile route instead of a nice lazy day hike, and arrived 2 hours late for our ride to pick us up. Scenery was beautiful, though.

Seattle, WA

#13 Jan 22, 2008
Don't forget Copper Harbor!!!
The best the UP has to offer...

Marquette, MI

#14 Jan 22, 2008
Mountain bike trails in and around Marquette and Munising are fantastic. Views of Lake Superior, technical single track trails at Mt. Marquette, biking past iron mining relics.

Valparaiso, IN

#15 Jan 22, 2008
In Marquette - Places to Eat: Sweetwater Cafe for superb organic and vegetarian cooking, fresh bread, great coffee; Border Grill for excellent Southwestern served up fast and spicy; Up Front Bar and Grill for steaks, beer, live blues, and jazz; Landmark Inn for fine dining

Candy, Pastries, Ice-cream; - Doncker's candy shop on Washington Street - in business for nearly a century. Huron Mtn Bread company; Jilbert's dairy

Almost as Yooper as pasties: Trenary Toast - cinnamon dusted slices great with your morning jo'- available in brownpaper sacks at supermarkets

Cook yourself - Lake Superior Whitefish from Thill's next to the Lower Harbor oredock

Skiing- Marquette Mountain some of the best runs in the Midwest, convenient, reasonably priced

Golf-Marquette Country Club - two 18-hole courses. Try the new course - Greywalls - for an unforgettable round over challenging terrain with spectacular views of Lake Superior. Several holes where you don't have to worry about your slice/hook because the ball ricochets off the rock walls.

Chicago, IL

#16 Jan 22, 2008
On the way to Tahquamenon Falls (2nd largest falls east of the Mississippi), stop at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, which has artifacts from the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The drive along west on U.S. 2 from St. Ignace has some of the most beautiful views of Lake Michigan

Schaumburg, IL

#17 Jan 22, 2008
You missed "The Copper Country" just 2 hours north and west of Marquette. Visit the picturesque Porcupine mountains in Ontonagon county or see the BEST color tour on US-41 between Hancock and Copper Harbor!

Schaumburg, IL

#18 Jan 22, 2008
I 2nd the WINTER CARNIVAL post in Houghton every year! Students compete in several classes adn spend all night int he cold making the most awesome snow sculptures on the campus of Michigan Tech. A MUST SEE!

Chicago, IL

#19 Jan 22, 2008
On the way to Mackinac Island, make sure that you take the Tunnel of Trees to Cross Village and stop at the Legs Inn for great home-cooked polish food (with beautiful lawn seating and a magnificent vista in the summer)
Dave the Yopper wannabe

Logansport, IN

#20 Jan 22, 2008
Best resource for the UP is:
Also pick up "Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula" by Eric Hansen. It has 50 hikes ranging for 1 to 30 + miles. We did recently did Bare Bluff, amoung others, which is along the south east end of the Kewennaw Peninsula. The view from 500 feet above Lake Superior is breath taking.
For a very relaxing getaway try The Listening Inn:
It's a wonderful Bed & Breakfast about 10 miles north of Crystal Falls. We're going up there in February for some snowshoeing. Carol and Les Kufahl run a first class B & B.

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