Drive of a Lifetime

Whitefish Point Light Station

Whitefish Point Light Station

The Shipwreck Coast in the Upper Peninsula was chosen as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Drives of a Lifetime”.  Anyone who has ever been there knows that this is true – it’s one of the most breathtaking sites you’ll ever see.

The Shipwreck Coast describes a stretch of land between Marquette and Whitefish Point, home to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station.  Here, the roads wind so close to Lake Superior that sometimes you forget that you are driving on land.  The coast gets its name from the long and storied history of shipwrecks.  From famous ones, like the Edmund Fitzgerald, to mysterious unknown ships that have washed up on shore, this area has seen more than 300 shipwrecks.

Kayakers at Pictured Rocks

Kayakers at Pictured Rocks

As you wind along the coastline, you’ll come across some of the most beautiful sites Michigan has to offer.  You’ll pass the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, where the wind and water has shaped the sandstone into amazing formations.  You can stop into the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, which dates back to 1866, or explore the Grand Sable Sand Dunes


National Geographic got it right when they named the Shipwreck Coast one of their “Drives of a Lifetime” – this is a Pure Michigan must-see.

6 thoughts on “Drive of a Lifetime

  1. I’ve lived here all my life which isn’t very long since I am still in my twenties. Although I find it very beautiful it is hard to understand what all the fuss it about. I’m just used to it is all, I grew up going to Grand Marais several times during the summer and seeing the Pictured Rocks. I just can’t beleive all the hype it gets! I’m thankful though because that means that society will most likely not want to destroy it for more profitable shopping centers and condos. I am thankful mostly to have grown up around this beauty

  2. David,

    Good question! I think the reason often given by UPers (at least), is that we like to keep it to ourselves! :-)

    Mark H.

  3. @ David Cook- even people that live in Michigan don’t know what they are missing.

  4. I don’t understand why these places aren’t advertised that much. I’m from NC–I had no idea there were places like this in MI.

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