Category Archives: Upper Peninsula

#21 Explore Les Cheneaux Islands

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#21 Explore Les Cheneaux Islands

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Les Cheneaux

Swim, kayak or hike around these pristine and secluded islands just east of St. Ignace. Rent a one-room cabin for a private getaway or take in the mostly undeveloped scenery and wildlife for just the day.

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#25 Sample a local beer at your favorite Michigan brewery

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#25 Get a local beer at your favorite Michigan brewery

Location: All over Michigan

Michigan is fifth in the nation in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs and is home to Beer City USA — Grand Rapids. Head to a Michigan classic like Bell’s Brewery or Founders Brewing Co., or try out a newer contender near you.

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#26 Hike around Grand Island

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#26 Hike around Grand Island

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Munising

Grand Island is a wild and scenic place perfect for nature enthusiasts to explore. Spectacular overlooks, pristine sandy beaches, fascinating cultural sites, deep hard woods, and inland lakes make Grand Island an exciting destination.

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#28 Take the Mission Point Guided Sunrise Hike

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#28 Take the Mission Point Guided Sunrise Hike

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Mackinac Island

If you’re looking for a lovely hike with an even more gorgeous finale, meet Mission Point Resort‘s Recreation Manager, Taima, around 5:00- 5:30am for a super stunning guided tour to a secluded spot to watch the sunrise over the island and the straits.

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#36 Climb the steps of Castle Rock and see Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox

photo courtesy of Under the Radar Michigan

#36 Climb the steps of Castle Rock and see Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: St. Ignace

Known for digging out the great lakes and hauling lumber throughout Michigan, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox are sitting ready to be greeted at the base of Castle Rock, just north of the Mackinac Bridge. After taking a photo with the legends, climb the nearly 200 feet to the top of the rock for a spectacular view of the straights and the bridge.

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#37 Play Euchre around a fire pit

Photo by Lynsday Israel.

#37 Play Euchre around a fire pit

Location: All over Michigan

The game we all love and know, Euchre is a summer classic and perfect for bringing friends and family together after a day or exploring or relaxing. Don’t know how to play? A Michgander will surely teach you around a bonfire this summer.

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#39 Hike the Porcupine Mountains

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#39 Hike the Porcupine Mountains

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Ontonagon

Though not the biggest “mountains,” the Porcuies hold some of the most beautiful and breathtaking trails and vistas in the state. Camp, hike or drive through this area in the western UP and visit spots like Lake of the Clouds or the highest point in Michigan at Mount Arvon.

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#43 Stand up paddle along your favorite river or lake

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#43 Stand up paddle along your favorite river or lake

Location: All over Michigan

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports around the world and Michigan is the perfect place to practice. Buy, borrow or rent a board for the day and cruise down your favorite inland river or lake — or one of the Greats if you’re feeling confident!

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#45 Visit the Mighty Tahquamenon Falls

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#45 Visit the mighty Tahquamenon Falls

Region:  Upper Peninsula

Location: Paradise

One of Michigan’s most iconic natural landmarks, Tahqamenon Falls is simply a must-see. Aside from walking around the Lower and Upper Falls, Tahqamenon Falls State Park offers camping accommodations of the rustic and modern variety, as well as kayak and rowboat rentals for further exploration of the Tahquamenon River.

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#11 Take a Soo Locks Boat Tour

Photo by Shalee Blackmer

#11 Take a Soo Locks Boat Tour

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Sault Ste. Marie

The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and it is still the largest waterway traffic system on earth. Take a boat and travel along the international shoreline of the lower harbor and experience all the sights, sounds, and excitement of Michigan’s oldest city, Sault Ste. Marie.

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