Category Archives: Upper Peninsula

#35 Look for loons on the Keweenaw Peninsula

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#35 Look for loons on the Keweenaw Peninsula

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Keweenaw Peninsula

The Common Loon is a rare bird in Michigan, but your best chances of seeing and hearing this unique bird and its call is up on the Keweenaw near Copper Harbor. Take a boat ride on Lake Superior or walk the shoreline to look for the lovely loons.

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#33 Fly or take a boat from Charlevoix to Beaver Island

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#33 Fly or take a boat from Charlevoix to Beaver Island

Region: Northern, Upper Peninsula

Location: Charlevoix, Beaver Island

Make the journey as good (or better) than the destination and take the ferry or catch a plane from the scenic town of Charlevoix to Beaver Island—the perfect getaway from families or couples young and old.

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#32 Find your nearest gem of a State Park

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#32 Find your nearest gem of a State Park

Location: All over Michigan

You don’t have to go to a National Park to enjoy nature’s beauty. There are over 100 State Parks all over the state filled with beautiful trails, playgrounds, lakes, beaches, and activities. Search for the nearest State Park near you — it might surprise you how close it is!

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#1 Indulge in Superman Ice Cream

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#1 Indulge in Superman Ice Cream

Location: All over Michigan

Superman Ice Cream is almost an exclusively Michigan flavor and for kids (and some fun-loving adults!) all over the state, it’s the taste of summer. Find a local shop that serves this unique flavor and dig into the red, yellow and blue ice cream.

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#5 Watch a movie at a drive-in movie theatre

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#5 Watch a movie at a drive-in movie theatre

Region: All over Michigan

Relive memories of a late summer night or make some new ones by visiting a local drive-in movie theater. Throw a blanket and some popcorn in the car and catch one of this summer’s blockbusters at a drive-in near you.

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#7 Visit the historic Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Shipwreck Museum

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#7 Visit the historic Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Shipwreck Museum

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: 18335 N Whitefish Point Rd, Paradise, MI 49768

The wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald during the night of November 10, 1975, just off Whitefish Point, is probably Lake Superior’s best known and most mysterious shipwreck. However, as a trip to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at the Point reveals, it is one of over 240 wrecks between 1816 and 1975 at Whitefish Point alone, and of tens of thousands throughout the Great Lakes. One storm, in November 1913, claimed over 20 ships in just four days. The museum is a great place to learn about the historic of Michigan’s lakes and shipwrecks, and the lighthouse overlooks an amazing vantage point across Lake Superior.

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#12 Gaze at the Waterfalls along the West End of Black River

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#12 Gaze at the Waterfalls along the West End of Black River

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Ishpeming

A part of the The National Black River Scenic Byway, the waterfalls at the west end of the Black River in the U.P. are as impressive as the hike along the river is beautiful. This is a perfect morning hike for all ages (and canine friends!).

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#13 Say “hi!” to the animals at John Ball, Binder Park, Detroit, or Garlyn Zoo

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#13 Say “hi!” to the animals at John Ball, Binder Park, Detroit, or Garlyn Zoo

Region: Southwest, Southeast, Upper Peninsula

Location: Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Royal Oak, Naubinway

Michigan is home to several outstanding zoos across all corners of the state. Say hi to the giraffes at Binder Park, chill out with the polar bears in Royal Oak, pet sting rays at John Ball or get up close to some Michigan natives in Naubinway.

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#15 Immerse yourself in the darkness in Michigan’s Dark Sky Parks

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#15 Immerse yourself in the darkness in Michigan’s Dark Sky Parks

Location: All over Michigan

Michigan is the best place to stargaze in the Eastern United States. Much of this is due to the vast openness of the Great Lakes and sparse populations in the north, and there are several Dark Sky Parks, set aside especially for stargazing. Take a trip to Headlands Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw, Rockport State Recreation Area located in Presque Isle, Negwegon State Park in Alpena and Alcona counties, or Thompson’s Harbor State Park in Presque Isle County.

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#22 Take a Selfie at Superior Dome at Northern Michigan University

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#22 Take a Selfie at Superior Dome at Northern Michigan University

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Marquette

The Superior Dome is the largest wooden dome in the world and it houses Northern Michigan University‘s marching band and several sports teams. It’s a great destination if you’re in the Marquette area and want to see the beautiful NMU campus right along the shores of Lake Superior.

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