10 must see places in the U.P

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Mackinac Bridge

The Mackinac Bridge is what connects Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. The Mighty Mac construction started in May of 1954 and was not completed until November of 1957. The bridge is 5 miles long and 552 feet high. It is the longest suspension bridge in North America. The drop from bridge to water is 155 feet. It glimmers many colors at night and is an amazing sight to see! If you feel uncomfortable driving across this mighty bridge don’t worry! There is a service that will drive your car across for you!

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks in my opinion is the highlight of the U.P. The sandstone cliffs stretch as far as 42 miles and the the tallest cliff is 200 feet. The beauty of the sandstone cliffs is nothing short of amazing. The only way to see the awesome cliffs is by boat or kayak! You can take a cruise through Pictured Rock Cruises. Or you can rent a pontoon from Superior Pontoon Rentals or Seaberg Pontoon rentals. You can even rent kayaks and take a tour through Paddling Michigan! You want to book way in advice to assure you get a spot, also keep in mind that sometimes mother nature takes over and the lake will be unsafe to be on. When this happens they will not allow you to go onto the lake and will reschedule you.

Miners Beach

This beach is my personal favorite in the entire state! The beach reaches almost a mile across. There are pictured rocks on both sides of the beach. To the left, you have Miners Castle and to the right you can see the cliffs in the distance. There is also this charming little waterfall at the right end of the beach called Elliot Falls. The forest surrounds the back side of the beach with a little trail that runs through. There are picnic tables and charcoal grills available. The water at this beach looks almost tropical. Who needs the ocean when you can swim at this beautiful shark free beach?!

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain is located in Marquette. There are two trails you can take to reach the top. Difficult or easy. The easy route takes twice as long. The difficult route didn’t seem that difficult, you just need to watch your step because of rocks and roots. The mountain is about 1000 feet above sea level and one of the most stunning views in Michigan. You can see land and lake for miles!

Miners Falls

These falls are located in the same area as Miners Beach and Miners Castle overlook. Its about a mile hike through the forest to get there. You might get lucky and spot some bears on the way! The falls are 40 feet tall and surrounded by sandstone. There is a overlook to these falls, but a lot of folks like to venture down the cliff to get a closer look!

Marquette

Marquette is a beautiful little town with a population of about 21,300 people. Downtown Marquette is very charming with all the little shops and restaurants. They do all types of special events, even dog sled racing in the winter! They were voted one of top 10 best place to retire! With all the shops and the lake right there, you will never get bored in this town! Let’s not forget about Presque Isle which is located just past the upper harbor ore dock. The beautiful Isle is a must see! The black rocks are fun to venture on and you can see some amazing views!

Kitch-iti-kipi

Weird name right? Kitch-iti-kipi is the largest fresh water springs in Michigan. This beautiful spring stays at a temperature of 45 degrees so it never freezes. Over 10,000 gallons of water per second is being pushed out at the bottom of the springs. It’s about 40 feet deep. There is a raft that you can use to pull yourself across the spring so you can fully enjoy your experience.

Au Sable Point Lighthouse

Au Sable Point Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located in the city of Grand Marais. It was opened in 1874. You can hike the 1.5 mile walk (one way) to the lighthouse or you can get a ride during tour season if you are unable to walk it. You can also tour the inside of this beautiful lighthouse for a very reasonable price! You can spot the Log Slide dunes from here as well!

Tahquamenon Falls        

Located in Newberry, Tahquamenon Falls are the most visited falls in the U.P. With the upper falls being the main attraction, you can visit the lower falls by row boat. The upper falls drop about 50 feet while pushing 7,000 gallons of water per second on average and 200 feet across. The lower falls are downstream about 4 miles. There are 5 small falls that surround an island.

Lakenland Park

This interesting sculpture park is located in Marquette, just off of 28. This park was created by Tom Lakenen. He uses junk yard parts to created awesome sculptures. It is totally free and open 7 days a week. You can either walk the path or drive your car. He does except donations. Go check out this awesome sculpture park, you won’t be disappointed!

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