Tweetable facts about the Upper Peninsula (Plus a Giveaway!)

Update: The two winners of our Pure Michigan stocking cap giveaway are Brad whose favorite thing about the U.P. is pasties and Bill whose favorite is Lake of the Clouds. Congratulations to our winners! We’ll be hosting another giveaway in the next few weeks, so be sure to check back.

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is beautiful all year and here are 10 quick facts about the Upper Peninsula that you can share with your friends on Twitter. Simply click on any fact and it will automatically populate on your Twitter status bar. And while we’re talking Twitter, remember to follow Pure Michigan on Twitter as well.

PLUS, as a thank you for being great fans and loyal readers of this blog, we have two Pure Michigan stocking caps that we’re looking to give away!
Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite thing about the Upper Peninsula (only one comment per e-mail address please).
  • On November 11th at 5 p.m., we’ll randomly pick two winners and send each a Pure Michigan stocking cap. We’ll contact you using the e-mail address you provide (we won’t share it or sell it to anybody).
Good luck!
Fun fact: The Upper Peninsula contains 16,452 square miles, almost one-third of the land area of the state @Pure Michigan
Did you know Mount Arvon, the highest point in @PureMichigan, is in the Upper Peninsula?
Bird watchers in the Upper Peninsula have observed nearly 400 different species @PureMichigan
Like snowmobiling? The Upper Peninsula offers 3,000 miles of groomed trails @PureMichigan
The Soo Locks in Chippewa is 155 yrs. old and allows the passage of boats from Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes
Fun fact: more than 30 sunken ships can be found in Bays de Noc in the Upper Peninsula @PureMichigan
Did you know some areas of the Upper Peninsula can get more than 25 ft. of snow a year? @PureMichigan
The Cisco chain of lakes in the Upper Peninsula has 271 miles of shoreline @PureMichigan
Lake Gogebic is the largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula, known for walleye, bass and jumbo perch @PureMichigan
Did you know the Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere with 7,400 ft. of roadway?

281 thoughts on “Tweetable facts about the Upper Peninsula (Plus a Giveaway!)

  1. Sharon: The Double H Ranch is mentioned on the website and you are right about the lodge burning down several years ago. Place was called Happy Hanks Double H Ranch previous to Carl and Beth Avery’s ownership. Their daughters are spread out around the country, one of them writes gambling books and lives near Reno, NV and Kerry lives in or around Traverse City. Not sure about Kyle but Kregg is the one in Nv. The property is supposedly undergoing some kind of development now but not sure what it is….

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  3. Does anyone know what happened to the Double H Ranch on US 2? I used to go there as a kid and I know it burned down, tried to re-build…
    Is there anything there now and if so, do you know what the name of it is? God’s country says it all. Wish I could have moved there.

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  5. As in many places, taking the road less traveled will manifest many wonders and joys. The town of Curtis and the Manistique lakes, Bond Falls – especially on a weekday. Take the gravel road, slow down, and enjoy. You’ll be glad you did.

  6. There is no part of the UP that does not hold treasure for the eyes and the soul. My part is the Deer Park area and the Lake Superior shore from Whitefish Point to the Pictured Rocks. I also love Marquette, Manistique and especially Grand Marais. And the Mackinac Bridge. And Mackinac Island in the fall. And the trip through the Soo Locks. And the Keewenaw Peninsula… especially in the fall. And all the waterfalls in Alger County. But wait… there’s more!

  7. I’ve only been to the UP once and it was on a trip to Iron Mountain to see World Cup Ski Jumping during a two-day warm spell. My favorite part was driving just west of the bridge with the windows down and checking out the mounds of shattered ice and stretches of ice-glazed water on Lake Michigan. So many different colors of gray…

  8. Michigan’s U.P. is majical ! As you cross the bridge, you step back into another time. I love the woods, lakes and waterfalls. I love Rt 2 along Lake Michigan and then further north, the Lake Superior shoreline. The small towns are friendly. Copper Harbor is fun to visit with it’s village of gift shops, restaurants, and ferry to Isle Royale. And since I live in the southwestern part of lower Michigan, it’s fun to say ” Let’s go to lunch in Marquette!” (there’s a great place to get a whitefish sandwich) YES !!

  9. We love to go to the UP! We love Pictured Rock, fishing, 4 wheeling, snowmobiling and hiking. If you family loves the outdoors then you will love the UP!!

  10. I love the U.P. and it’s especially beautiful in the Autumn. I am very fond on the areas around Munising and Marquette.

  11. I always look *up* in the UP. Between the highly visible Milky Way, billions of stars, and the aurora borealis, I get chills just thinking about it!

  12. I love Whitefish Point! Superior is a vast, inland sea and it’s especially impressive right there. Not far from the bridge, either.

  13. We were blessed to spend almost eight years in the UP at KI Sawyer AFB until it closed. We had the best time up there! Beautiful scenery and full of fun things to do!

  14. Now that I live in Seattle I cherish the memories with my family hiking and fishing around the Upper Peninsula as a child. I wish for one day I could go back and re-live those memories.

  15. Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain, Cross-country skiing at Blueberry Ridge and visiting our friends & family in Marquette County.

  16. Growing up in the UP, leaving, and then returning 4yrs ago. The UP has a majestic, peaceful, and spiritual beauty. My two grown daughters and I have chosen the UP for our vacations because of it’s peacefulness and beauty. My personal favorite spot is Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. Other favorites are Pictured Rocks with it’s all encompassing beauty, Copper Harbor, Brockway Mt Drive and the whole Keweenaw, Tahquamenon Falls, Presque Isle at Marquette , Sugar Loaf Mountain outside Marquette, Drummond Island and St Ignace with the Mackinac Bridge. Not to mention the majestic views of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron while enroute to all these places. Also time spent on any one of the numerous inland lakes is a day well spent, a few in my experience being Trout, Brevort, Little and Big Manistique, Gogebic, and Lake Manganese, to name a few. The UP is a hidden GEM!

  17. I just can’t believe how many people from lower Michigan have never crossed the bridge. They are really missing a beautiful adventure. Numerous waterfalls, cliff jumping, hiking, white river kayaking, wildlife…Visit the U.P. you won’t regret it and I guarantee you’ll be going back!

  18. Spending time with my parents on long trips up to Houghton/Hancock area. Always getting our Trenary Toast. Visiting the Soo Locks, fishing, and knowing that our family roots are in the UP of Michigan.

  19. Check out Search Bay, in the National Forest, west of Cedarville on Lake Huron. A beautiful and unique spot.

  20. What’s not to love about the UP. Once you cross THE bridge you are in God’s Country. My son met his wife at NMU and they returned to Marquette to get married this past summer. From the sandy beaches to rock hunting at “Agate Beach”, the lakes have it all. Hiking at Presque Isle, biking along the lakeshore, the dog sled races, and more. The drive from my home in southern Michigan is worth it every time.

  21. One of my all time favorite memories is taking a small plane ride around the perimeter of the Keewenaw Peninsula at the height of the autumn colors. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

  22. I absolutely love Marquette! If there was any place in the U.P. that I would live, Marquette is it’

  23. I love Whitefish Bay in every season. There are gorgeous sunrises & sunsets in so many shades of colors. You never know what wildlife you will see, from the smallest hummingbird, the sly coyotes, beautiful wolves, a moose or a truly majestic bald eagle soaring above. Lake Superior and her sights captures your attention for indefinite periods of time so easily and lets you relax. The best part is watching my kids play in the bay and on the beach so carefree in my favorite part of our beautiful state.

  24. My favorite part of the UP is boating around Grand Island and the arch that sticks out of the NW part of the island. I’ve taken my boat under there and that has to be the coolest thing being under all that rock. And with the Pictured Rocks as a backdrop and Lake Superior as your carpet, how can you go wrong with that combo.

  25. I love all the beautiful waterfalls of the UP. I have a book of over 100 natural waterfalls in the UP……there are many that take you off the beaten path. One in particular is a Rest Stop along side the road, you follow the path back to Canyon falls… of the prettiest falls up there, I think. The roads you drive on to find them can be very scenic as well, and some of them you will find are as beautiful as Tahquamenon Falls. The Picture Rock National shoreline, is also gorgeous, with a few of those falls running right into it.

  26. Chapel Rock/Mosquito beach loop of the pictured rocks national lakeshore is my favorite part of the U.P.
    Although, the village of Paradise and all the nearby hiking trails are a close 2nd.

  27. So much to choose from; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Escanaba, the Soo Locks, Marquette, Porcupine Mountains, Lake of the Clouds, Father Marquette site, Tahquamenon, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, anyplace that sells a good pasty.

    But I guess if pressed I will go with Fayette Historic Townsite. It’s haunting to step back in time and visit a vanished way of life that really didn’t last long but is brought back so vividly you can almost feel the heat of the blast furnaces smelting iron and the smell of a father’s pipe inside one of the modest homes that dot the site. I’ll go with Fayette.

  28. there’s nothing quite like hand picking thimbleberries up at Copper Harbor and then going back to our camper and making margarine tubs of thimbleberry jam right there. It’s a gem that only can be found in the UP!

  29. Either Pictured Rocks or Copper Harbor. I love the formations and colors of the pictured rocks and would love to someday kayak alongside them. I love Copper Harbor for it’s small-town feel, seclusion, and natural beauty. Plus, it’s Michigan’s top of the world and the last stop before Isle Royal!

  30. I might have done this already . I have so many favorite places in the UP.
    One of my favorites is the mouth of the 2 hearted river. The bridge to the beach and having both a river and the big lake to play in make it too much fun! Nothing like a misty sunrise and hot campfire coffee chillin’ with my friends.

  31. It’s all so gorgeous, but my favorite thing to do is to get a big honking muffin at the Jampot then drive up the road to Cat Harbor and sit at the picnic tables there and watch Lake Superior and eat my muffin. Heaven!
    I also like exploring the over 150 U.P. waterfalls. Whitefish Falls is my favorite, especially when the sun shines on the water and makes it sparkle.
    And of course I have to mention Winter Carnival at Michigan Tech. What a blast!

  32. The 1st time I visited the UP I was amazed at how beautiful Sault Ste. Marie was. It remains my favorite place in Michigan, as I can not think of any other place that better defines the “Pure Michigan” label.

    Jim Coffey

  33. I love the UP – the trails, the waterfalls, Porcupine Mountains… so much! But I think my favorite place is Twelve-Mile Beach, just north of the Pictured Rocks. The rustic campground there is situated on a sandy bluff that overlooks Lake Superior. On the beach you can find beautiful rocks just under the surface of the clear water or go body surfing when the waves are high. A deep woods trail climbs the hill, loops around, and brings you back to the campground a couple of miles later. And don’t forget the white birch forest!

  34. I love going up to Porupine Mountains! You stand out at the tip and can see forever! Its like looking at many states all at same time. The wilderness is beautiful(except the bears! LOl) and camping there-amazing! Go around end of august to middle of sept and see some of the color changes!!!

  35. I will never forget the salmon run in the Porcupine Mountain State Park. Wow…you could have caught those salmon with your bare hands.

  36. What do you mean there isn’t a bus to take you back to the lower Tahquamenon Falls? Hahaha. The joke was on me, but the hike back was even more stunning.

  37. One of my favorite places in the UP is Pictured Rocks. I have hiked the trails along the top of Pictured Rocks and can tell you that there is no other place like this on earth! The views are simply breath-taking. I was able to take a picture while hikiing with a friend of mine over a three-day weekend and used that picture as a cover for our Christmas cards that year. It had aqua water and blue sky in the background and greenery with red berries in the foreground. I will never forget those great times along Lake Superior!

  38. Although I love the Lake of the Clouds, I have to say that Whitefish Point is my favorite U.P. spot because that is where my husband and I had one of our first dates shortly after we met. I have the best picture of him walking on the beach.

  39. Crisp Point Lighthouse.Well off the beaten path so usually you have the area to yourself with spectacular views of mighty Lake Superior.

  40. My favorite part of the UP would have to be where I made the best memories ~ Michigan Tech! …and the whole Keweenaw peninsula! We just love all the hidden waterfalls sprinkled through the UP. It’s hard to just pick one favorite part.

  41. My favorite place in the UP is the roadside park on the western side, top of the keewinaw penninsula fin. Also the monks Jam Pot in the same area. Close seconds are the views of Keewinaw Bay from Baraga and I love the Porkies!

  42. My Favorite part about the UP is the sand. We feel we are truly on vacation once we hit the clean, soft sand of the UP, we also love looking for Petosky stones ! !

  43. Waves along Lake Superior are spectacular in the cold season. Having one of them wash over you in November while you view them is chill to the bone.

  44. I don’t know if I can pick just one place ….
    Sand pointe…. Munising falls…
    Fall in all it’s spelendor…
    The people of our upper penisulia
    Are just the finest people around
    I love the u.p.
    My favorite place

  45. Love the view from Brockway Mountain in Copper Harbor. In one direction is Lake Superior as far as the eye can see; it fades right into the horizon. In the other direction are the beautiful trees, lakes, and rolling hills. It is especially breathtaking in Autumn!

  46. Watching the sunset and skipping stones at Whitefish Point is one of my most memorable stay-cations in Michigan, which also included fishing just about every little stream and AuTrain Lake, visiting Picture Rocks, and every other scenic turnout and waterfall as we drove east from Munising. It was my first vacation with my then-boyfriend, now husband. We even took pictures of our butt prints in the sand and have it framed on our mantel.

  47. The UP is so kewl. How can you pick one spot? If I have to I’ll go with Lake of the Clouds.

  48. I love the Eagle Harbor area. Great lighthouse; nice “feel” and a very warm small town on the end of the earth, the north side of the north part of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

  49. I would have to say my favorite place in the U.P. is the pictured rocks. Specifically the section of the North Country Trail that goes right along the edge of the cliffs. That section of trail is the most beautiful place I have ever been! Every turn gives you yet another absolutely amazing view! Wish I could live there!

  50. I love everything about the UP. Our son goes to Michigan Tech and it is such a beautiful drive anytime of the year. My parents have a cabin on Indian Lake and every summer I go for 1-2 weeks and just relax. The UP is the one place I can go and forget about life back under the bridge!! So my favorite place to go is Indian Lake in Manistique and of course shopping at Peoples downtown. :)

  51. Paradise, pure Paradise. Spectacular sunrises. Tacquamenon Falls, natural footpath trails between the Upper and Lower Falls,Hiawatha State Park, and there is a Blueberry Festival in August. The whole town turns blue!

  52. Whitefish Point is my favorite place in the UP. Especially walking along the beach there and watching the freightors and the great Lake Superior.

  53. My favorite spot is at (can’t spell it) Taquamnimumnumnum….Falls! The walk up to the small falls is so peaceful. The whole sight is breathtaking and beautiful. I want to paint them in oil and place them side by side in my living room. The color on a sunny day is wonderful and has all the rainbow colors! Love it!

  54. My favorite part of the U.P. is EVERYTHING! My husband knows that when I hear a “Pure Michigan” commercial or see a billboard, we’ll be making the drive. As lighthouse buffs, we love driving to Crisp Point. Pictured Rocks is breathtaking, and we enjoy camping at Hurricane River and hiking to Au Sable Lighthouse. In the winter we love Marquette and the whole lakeshore while following the U.P. 200.

  55. My favorite part of the the UP is spending every summer growing up at my Grandparents property right on lake superior between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor. The most perfect place ever!

  56. One of my favorite things to do when traveling to the U.P. is driving across the Mackinac Bridge, it is just gorgeous! Truly it is an engineering marvel.

  57. I’ve only been as far as the Soo Locks and that was 20+ years ago. I’d love to dip my toes in Lake Superior!

  58. I can’t pick just one favorite. The list is:
    Fayette ghost town
    Oswald’s bear ranch
    Seney Wildlife Refuge
    Pictured Rocks
    Cut River Bridge
    And Chet and Pat’s Ice Cream Shop in Curtis.

  59. My favorite thing gee its hard to pick . Every place is so special to me because its mi. The lakes the rivers forest and beaches how could u pick one I luv mi. and proud to live in pure mi.

  60. One of our favorite U.P. spots is the jumping and climbing the logslide at Pictured Rocks and then we head over to AuTrain beach for a jump off the bridge and a float in the AuTrain river…great memories!

  61. My favorite thing about the Upper Peninsula are the awesome sunsets visible from the Les Cheneaux Islands!

  62. My favorite place in the U.P. is Porcupine Mountain State Park. Lake of the Clouds is breathtaking, the Black River area is a lesson in raw natural beauty, and the Lake Superior shoreline is a beachcombers paradise. Wisconsin to Colorado, Puerto Rico to New York – I have seen and experienced a lot of Gods wonders and natural beauty in this great country, but nothing compares to the Porcupine Mountains of the Upper Peninsula. I live in Port Huron and the Blue Water Area comes in a close second on my Michigan favorites list. Spectacular sunrises across Lake Huron.

  63. Marquette is my favorite place to be. Walking in the park at Mattson Harbor, visiting Presq Isle park and watching the waves of Lake Superior crash on the black rocks. In the fall nothing surpasses the beauty of the trees changing colors in contrast to the black rocks and the water spraying up on them. Say ya to da Up eh?

  64. Tom C.
    I like being in the U.P. with my wife. We are always on another adventure. We’ve been going 2-3 times a year. Discovering new interesting places each and every time. Never a disappointing trip, rain, snow or shine. Experinenced one of the best color tours of our lifetime along the Lake Superior shoreline the first week in Oct., great weather to boot. Just love reading novels of the U.P. also. It’s just great aye!!

  65. My favorite place in the UP is Marquette. It is a wonderful city with lots of culture….. and drive 10 minutes and you are in the middle of God’s country.. beautiful.. and my daughter is going to school there.. this gives me lots of opportunity to visit this beautiful place!

  66. My favorite part of the UP has to be the nature – I backpacked in Isle Royal once and it was such amazing untouched beauty. Unmatched. It makes me feel very lucky to live in Pure Michigan!!

  67. Kitchitikipi! Such a wonderful little secret! So unique and beautiful. I remember going there as a kid with my family (we went on camping trips up north). I live in Florida now, where my son was born, but I had to make a special trip there over one summer vacation so he could experience it, too!

  68. All of Michigan is scenic. My favorite stop is The statue of The Snowshoe priest on hill on way to Lanse. I am Lutheran, but I enjoy seeing it and usually do stop there when I am in UP. Also Porcipine Mts. is another favorite stop.

  69. i love it up there…..beautiful no matter which way you drive….lake huron on one side….lake michigan on the other…then up to lake superior…….beautiful….

  70. Mary, I totally agree, I always bring Cudaghi home and fresh fish from Thills, there is nothing like it. The Irish Pub in Marquette, the park on a sunny day, well let’sl put it this way, “What’s not to Like”, not a thing!!!

  71. Love traveling across the UP, stopping at every waterfall & taking pictures is my favorite thing to do in the UP. That includes the Keewanau Penninsula too! We camp in out “Pods” when we get tired hoping there will be no grizzly visitors:)

  72. My whole family is from the UP. The best Pasties in the world are from Marquette at Jean-Kays. And if you want something really good, go to Tino’s Bar in Negaunee and get their Cudaghi Sandwhich….MMMMMM!! And then you take your food and go to the beautiful Presque Isle Park and watch the Ore boats come into the harbor. Pure Michigan? You Bet!

  73. I love everything about the UP the people, the waterfalls, the parks, but most of all the feeling I have of being away from it all.

  74. Favorite thing about UP…let’s see, Porcupine Mountains?, all the waterfalls?, ok I’ll go with Seney Wildlife Refuge. I am an avid birdwatcher. One time I rented a bike just outside the park, had a backpack of supplies prepared for a long day. SWR is so beautiful & peaceful and plentiful of birds & animals. Sitting patiently paid off for me as I spotted an American Bittern that lifted it’s head and swayed with the reeds. His colors were so well camouflaged I don’t know how I saw him, it was hilarious. Also saw Common Loons and Trumpeter Swans among the many other birds.

  75. Spending a summer at Michigan Tech while in high school was a fun time. One of the things we learned was the history of Houghton Lake. I always keep that story with me as a reminder of how damaging pollution can be.

  76. The natural beauty and abundance in the Upper Peninsula is amazing. During a visit at the end of July, we pulled over on the side of the road outside of Paradise and were delighted to find ourselves standing in a wild blueberry patch. Of course, we stopped to pick & enjoy some Pure Michigan! Love our state- mitten & U.P.!

  77. Driving over the bridge and making a wish after I have drove all the way from Colorado. I love the sunsets on the beach and then basking in the peace of the UP. LOVE MI! I want to move there!

  78. I couldn’t believe my eyes that the shores are impeccably clear. Absolutely no algae at all, giving a serene touch to the shorelines.

  79. I love the Upper Pennisula so much. My favorite place is Tahquamonam Falls in Paradise. That is were my ashes will be strewn when i die. I have been all over the state of Michigan and it is the most beautiful place to go camping. Listening to the Falls is so peaceful and relaxing. The people there are the best people around so warm and caring.

  80. I love the sound of freighters, it reminds me of my childhood growing up in the Sault. Still today the moment I cross the bridge, I feel a weight being lifted.

  81. The best time of the day in the UP is dusk. The sky is beautiful and the air has a little chill in it. You grab your sweatshirt and your bug spray and settle on the beach to watch the sun set. If you get really ambitious, you get a fire going. Everyone settles down in front of the fire to swap fish stories and tall tales and you realize how good life is.

  82. I remember having fried bear meat in Grand Marais in 1976. I have been back many times and it never seems to change….it remains a beautiful wilderness.

  83. The Porcupine Mountains and Lake in the Clouds. Nature just doesn’t get any better or more beautiful.

  84. My husband and I visited Paradise right after we became engaged. It truly was a paradise for us. We walked along the beach area and picnicked under the trees at sunset with a beautiful view of Lake Superior.

  85. I love the crisp cool air, the days of wearing sweatshirts and drinking warm cider and the smell of the fires going in fireplaces.

  86. We love to Ride our Harleys on the winding roads and look at the beautiful landscape! Brockway Mountain in Copper Harbor at sunset is breathtaking!

  87. We once stayed just west of the bridge right on the lake. The motel was worse than a motel 6 (not even the door locked) but the ability to walk across the run and sit on the lake shore was priceless!

  88. My favorite part of the UP is my son!! He is a student at Northern Michigan University- one of the great UP colleges – where he LOVES that he can hike, fish, hunt, kayak, ski and (hopefully) study at the same time. Where else can you do all of that in one spot??? And we get to do it with him when we visit!! He also works for the Water Shed Council so add working in the great UP outdoors to the list.
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  89. Well, we have a cabin just south of Shingleton on M-94. I looked for property all over the place and this one fell in my lap. We fixed it up and now its the best place to relax to. We have met the nicest people around. Our neighbors are the best. Go to Boot Lake Bar for dinner one night, Foggys for dinner another, play a little black jack at Christmas, go see the sun set at Pictured Rocks, head into the national forest for some hunting. Take a short drive south and ride the raft over the Big Spring. It is every direction you go you find something great. We found that little cabin in the center of heaven. I know, sometimes that heaven can get up to 4 ft deep and you get sick of shoveling, but come on, its still heaven……

  90. One of my favorite spots in the U.P. are the locks in Sault Ste Marie. It’s amazing to watch huge freighters, barges, tugboats and more traverse the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and Lake Huron every day. Then afterwards walking through downtown and arriving at one of our favorite bar/restaurant Maloney’s Alley.

  91. I love everything about my home state. It is unique and diverse, and the people here are fabulous! The landscape is breath-takingly beautiful and ever-changing, which means every visit, even somewhere you frequent often, is an adventure. Who needs the Caribbean when you have lakes as GREAT as these . . . and the BEACHES! There are none better anywhere on the planet.
    I love you, Michigan!

  92. it is so beautiful in the U.P. I had a couple disasters that lived up in Big Bay & its amazing up there.

  93. We LOVE watching the freighters round the bend in tghe river at Aune Olson park just east of the Soo. They are so close its like you could reach out and go for a ride.

  94. It is just such an incredible place to visit. Around every corner is something of interest. Makes it hard to get from one place to the next. Just beautiful.

  95. My favorite part about the upper pennisula…It feels remote. I can unplug from society there. I feel almost transported to another world the moment I cross that bridge. I dont see or feel the hussle and bussle of the crazy cramped together cities or neighborhoods. I like that I had a friend that went to school in Paradise, and she had 5 kids in her graduating class…and snow days from school are extremely rare cause they rode to school on snowmobile wagons! LOVE IT! I like to watch all these people that live in the lower penninsula that vacation there…
    Im in awe of the trees through the Hiawatha State Forest and the wildlife that roam throughout towns. Ive never been anywhere like the Upper Pennisula.

  96. My favorite thing about the UP is the people. We lived there very briefly in the late ’70′s, early 80′s while Jim taught at Michigan Tech. We were immediately made welcome by people at Tech and in the community, and still retain fond memories and friendships today.

  97. My favorite thing is Arsenic City-our family’s hunting camp for the past 60 years…we love it there all the time but especially being there, in the quiet and beauty that is the U.P. at Thanksgiving.

  98. Where else can you see flowing rootbeer (Taq. Falls), the rising and lowering of Lakes Huron/Superior, visit Paradise!, cliffs of gorgeous hughs, trees, trees, trees and their beauty. Step back into time to an island of the Victorian era complete with horses (no cars) and bicycles. An arch to view surrounding waters. Indian territories and a Castle Rock! viewing Lake Huron and islands. 2 beautiful bridges connecting lower Michigan with the upper peninsula and the United States (Mich.) to Canada! Fishing, hunting, swimming, skiing, skating, sledding. And some might good pierogies!!! Good eats! Wildlife/nature, camping, hiking. It’s all there.

  99. Driving over the bridge and then seeing all the beautiful colors of fall. Visiting some of the small towns and finding some of your family histroy.

  100. My husband and I just LOVE Bessies Pasties. We can’t wait to get over the bridge, grab some pasties and head to the casino in St. Ignace!

  101. I love driving along US 2, especially in the summer. And the fall. And the winter. One of my favorite UP facts is: Lake Superior contains enough water to submerge all of North and South America under one foot of water.
    Amazing! Another beautiful drive is along M-28 through Munising. Or any of the state highways, especially in late September and early October.

  102. My favorite palce in the U.P. is anywhere in Keweenaw. From sunrise to sundown in forest or on the water I find the beauty everchanging. The best of our 4 seasons surround you there. Solitude, peace & contentment….pure Michigan.

  103. My fave about the U.P. ( I live here) is pace of living. It is slower up here and the people are friendly. The most amazing place I have been to up here so far are the Eben Ice caves. If you have not been, they are amazing! These huge walls of ice come out of nowhere after taking just a short hike in the woods. You have to check them out!

  104. I LOVE Palms Book State Park (aka Kitch-iti-keepee). It is so peaceful and beautiful there, and one of my favorite places since I was a child. Hoping to take my own children there next summer!

  105. The Toonerville Trolley is my favorite thing in the U.P. I have fond memories of riding when I was only five – and getting to see bear cubs playing on the tracks. It is wonderful that the train tour is still running and that new generations are getting to enjoy the ride by 24 inch gauge rail while hanging out in the great U.P. around Tahquamenon Falls. Just beautiful.

  106. I love camping at the Straits State Park, just cross the bridge. My entire family used to go when my dad was still alive. We would visit Castle Rock and the Mystery Spot, just as he did as a young man. At night, we’d sit on the beach and watch the bridge light up. Those memories and the magnificent beauty of the Upper Peninsula will always hold a very special place in my heart. 1-4-3, Daddy. :)

  107. I love the U.P. and have actually swam in Lake Superior (wekl more like jumped in for about 5 minutes). I’ve aso seen a wolf along
    hwy. 2 very cool. I really like Manistique and yhe Seul Choix Point Lighthouse.

  108. I love the U.P. Love traveling the back roads. LOve Copper Harbor and all the water falls. The Lake of the Clouds is so awesome. The Porcupine Mts. are beautiful. I could go on and on since there is so much to see up there. I Love Michigan!!!Can’t wait to take a road trip over the bridge.

  109. My favorite place in the U.P. is my parents cabin in Barbeau right on the St. Marys River where we can watch the freighters go by from their dock. We can see the upbound and the downbound from the house. Its a neat sight to see. Especially during the holidays when the freighters are decorated with Christmas lights!

  110. my favorite thing about the up is the nature. The waterfalls, the forest to the wonderful beaches. Also the wonderful lighthouses.

  111. I love the walking the streets of Marquette and hiking the nearby trails. The Lake Superior Shore Half Marathon Trail Run beginning at Little Presque Isle Park is awesome too!

  112. My favorite place is the ‘mountain’ behind my aunt’s house in Norway. When I was a child my father would take me on walks on a path between two iron ore pits. My father took two seedlings from the mountain and planted them in front of our house. Now they are 50 feet high.

  113. My favorite place in the UP??

    Doesn’t matter where, as long as I’m on the back of a motorcycle and with my “Michigan family”! Everywhere in the UP is my favorite place!

  114. There is a tree growing out of a rock on one of the trails of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that overlooks the shoreline which I can still picture, 15 years after visiting for the first time. Seeing that tree and shoreline in my mind still gives me a calm feeling and reminds me of such a beautiful treasure.

  115. In the Western Upper Peninsula there are more than 150 waterfalls. Rainbow Falls, part of the beautiful Ottawa National Forest on the Black River Byway, is my favorite. The North Country Trail takes you along the Black River and there’s four other falls to visit. This hike is very excessible and terrific in all seasons!

  116. To me no where on earth is more breath-taking than T Q Falls. It always makes me feel like I’ve taken that Calgon moment & suddenly there are NO problems/worries in my life.

  117. My favorite place is big bay where our cabin is at everyone is so nice and makes you feel at home. Even if you just camping at the park

  118. My favorite place in the Upper Penninsula is Munising. I camped there a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the hiking and kayaking during summer. What a beautiful and clean place!

  119. I am orginally from Battle Creek, MI and now live in Palm Springs, CA.
    I miss my home State!… When I think of the UP, I remember our trips with good friends across the bridge. We rode tadem bikes around the island and shared good fun and lots of laughs.. We always brought home Taffy!!! I miss the changing seasons most of all. It is hard not to have snow for the Holidays. Michigan is will always be my Home!

  120. I just moved back to Michigan after living in the south for 8 years. I’d only been to the UP twice in my life prior to moving back. My brother in law moved up there after the passing of my sister. He lives in Moran. I helped him move there from Georgia and fell in love with the area! All of the beautiful trees and scenery make me want to move up there myself! I just don’t care much for the bridge! There is so much to see that I think I will spend all of my upcoming vacations touring the UP and seeing more of the beauty of our state!

  121. County Rd. 58 near Grand Marais as you pass level with Grand Sable Lake to the south and the incredible dune rise on the north. Pull over, climb the dune and look down on the crystal clear sparkling lake and turn to see Lake Superior as the horizon past what must be miles of dune. An unforgettable, beautifully untainted sight.

  122. My favorite thing about the upper peninsula is the feeling I get once I cross the bridge – at total peace in a seemingly untouched paradise. The need to go exploring every inch of this beautiful land and share my amazing findings with all my friends and family.

  123. Once you cross the Big Mac, you are transformed into a slower more relaxing world. You can get lost in the UP. I love Paradise and the Ship Wreck Museum. I can sit on the shores of Lake Superior and just imagine what life was like when the first settlers came to this beautiful peninsula.

  124. Just crossing the bridge is a wonderful experience because you know you are in for a slower pace, true beauty, and just a different way of life. I love Lake Superior, the pictured rocks, Tahquamenon Falls, US-2 along the lake … so many things. But my favorite place up there is Norway, because that’s where my husband was born!

  125. Too many beautiful and favorite places in the U.P. to pick from, but I love that there’s fewer people there, and it’s peaceful. I love the U.P.

  126. Little known fact. Take Pictured Rocks boat tour right
    after it rains or during light drizzle to see the colors
    Jump out at you! Really vibrant when wet!

  127. My husband introduced me to Manistique, MI. We go at least once a year (not often enough) and always comment on how the rest of the world just melts away when you’re there. No stress, beautiful views, a relaxed lifestyle. It’s our little slice of Pure Michigan on Indian Lake.

  128. There’s a freshness to the air in the U.P. that is unlike anywhere else. Now when I visit, the first breath of that air takes me back to childhood vacations at my grandpa’s camp on the Portage. I will never tire of the incredible view of the bay as I drive between L’Anse and Baraga. It nearly takes my breath away.

  129. I grew up on the Great Lakes and used to sail with my Dad on several lake freighters he Captained. Going through the Soo Locks has always been a great experience and treasured memory.

  130. My favorite place in the U.P. is Seney Wildlife Refuge in Seney. It is such a beautiful place and the wildlife is abundant.

  131. Any part of the UP is fabulous…I especially ially used to enjoy visiting my brother at Mich. Tech…it was not only gorgeous up there, but was like a candy store for single girls!

  132. Mine and my husbands favorite place to go is Paradise. There are cute little cottages that are available for rent on the lake. Then we drive up to Whitefish Point. The view from there is absolutely breath taking. There is also the Taquemanon (SP?) Falls that are not that far from there. We also visit the Soo Locks and Mackinaw Island. I have been visiting the U.P. for over fourty years and never grow tired of the beauty!

  133. I love the approach ramp at Mackinaw City because I know when we cross the bridge its so much more than anything south of the bridge! Too many loves to post. Just driving the trails makes you forget about everything!

  134. Only one comment pr email address?? Just love my relatives in Michigan! To save you the time to Read all the comments you could just mail one Pure Michigan stocking caps to Norway (Europe)!

  135. My favorite place in the U.P. is Drummond Island. I love the feeling when you’re crossing over on the ferry that you are truly leaving the rest of the world “behind.” I love the amazing sense of quiet and beauty that you can experience at the undeveloped shore locations along the south shore, or on the north shore at places like “The Ledges.”

  136. My favorite thing about the Upper P. is the fall colors. I recently moved, and I continuously brag about how beautiful my home is in the fall. There is nothing like it anywhere else. Pure Michigan.

  137. I love porcupine mtn.’s. It is a beautiful place to camp with great fishing, tons of beautiful trails, coastline, and waterfalls. It is so far off the beaten path it is the perfect U.P. Getaway and by far my favorite place in Michigans upper penninsula.

  138. My favorite thing about the UP is Copper Harbor! OMG! I’ve lived in MI for 15 years and have only been to the UP one time and now I want to move up there! The unspoiled beauty, the lack of people (I’ve become a curmudgeon) and the seasons are SO dramatic! There’s no comparison!

  139. My parents my Aunt and I go up North every year for Labor Day weekend. Its one of the best weekends of the year. I like that first glance at the Mackinac Bridge, and how photogenic it is. The cool fresh air is wonderful as well.

  140. We spent our honeymoon in the U.P. 32 years ago. We go up there atleast once a year, it’s a beautiful place! Gotta love love those Yuppers……..

  141. Who doesn’t love the exciting moment when arriving at the Mackinaw Bridge? NO ONE! It is a spectacular view that will last in the memories of children for years to come. I should know because that is what I remember most, my first visit to the bridge.

  142. I LOVE Grand Marias. There is something so peaceful about watching the waves roll in by the pier or hiking along the Pictured Rocks trail. I can’t wait for my next visit!

  143. I have fond memories as a kid visiting family that lived near Negaunee. My favorite part of the visit were side trips to Marquette and the Keewenaw. I just loved the views of Lake Superior and remember going into a copper mine once.

  144. I love canoeing and kayaking the Ontonagon River. It is very peaceful in many parts and has some fun little rapids in others. It is all extremely beautiful, though. The trip is very relaxing.

  145. That you DON’T call stocking caps or knit hats a “toboggan” which is what I learned they’re called in the South, after moving to Alabama! :O|
    The first time I heard someone say something about a guy wearing a toboggan on his head, imagine my surprise lol
    [orig. Flint, MI]

  146. Although it’s tough to pick a favorite, I’d have to say Laughing Whitefish Falls is it. My kids and I went there in the summer when the only clue that any water was even there was the shimmer of sunlight on it. But when we returned in the spring, the falls were so intense that I was afraid the kids would be pulled into it. It’s fabulous any time of year.

  147. One comment? Oy. I think my favorite thing about the UP is that Michigan is the only state that has a UP. It’s ours. No one else’s. We allow others to visit and enjoy it, but it’s ours. It’s our heritage. It’s our bridge. It’s our trees and our water. Our Tahquamenon Falls, our Mount Arvon. Please, come visit, but then go back home ;)

  148. I love the pasties, Pictured Rocks, and camping on Lake Superior all my life growing up, the best. Thanks Mom & Dad.

  149. People are always associating Michigan with Detroit only, Detroit is making huge stride to coming back, but Michigan is so complex and beautiful, from the leaves in the Fall, to the sunrise on the Great Lakes of Michigan. Michigan is so much more than people think, come to Michigan, and see for yourself, and feel Michigan in your soul.

  150. Helen Newberry Joy, refused to concede to the internal combustion engine and drove her electric car from 1914 to 1958

  151. Just the wild beauty of the u.p. is awsome, but the part I enjoyed most was the Copper Harbor Area…breathtaking….

  152. I love the beauty, the peace and quiet, and the wonderful people of the UP. I like the I can wander on a trash-free beach and look out across the greatest lake in the world.

  153. I honestly love only having to drive maybe half a mile to get away from any type of city. You are instantly in the wilderness and there is always somewhere that needs to be explored.

  154. My favorite part of the U.P is crossing the 2nd bridge and entering the heart of the Keweenaw. My maternal grandparents grew up there and we are decedents of Copper Miners from Finland. It is a completely different world up there and I miss it terribly the summers I can’t make the trip.

  155. I was born and raised in Northern Michigan and we vacationed in the UP often. I now live in Topeka, KS. My favorite thing about the UP is the quietness, and great expanses where there are very few people. Living in the city now I have come to appreciate peace quiet more than I ever did before.

  156. the best part of the UP of Michigan is, in my opinion, Copper Harbor. Standing on the shore and looking way out on lake…nothing like it, anywhere…and looking for greenstones…unbeatable. I’ve been to ocean beaches that don’t even come close to the sheer beauty Michigan has to offer.

  157. I love everything about the U.P.! The Keweenaw Peninsula is the best but Grand Marais is a close 2nd!

  158. I haven’t been to the U.P. in years, although from what I can remember, I enjoyed visiting the iron mine in Iron Mountain, the Mystery Spot in St. Ignace, and Tahquamenon Falls.

  159. I loved the fun times and the welcoming people. The years I lived there while stationed there we some of the most wonderful times I had in my 21 year career in the USAF. One thing I reallyl enjoyed was dipping smelt down by Escanaba…many late nights of fun. The beautfil fall colors are another wonderful sight…

  160. My favorite things about the UP are of course the bridge #1…but also the Casino’s and the Lighthouses. It’s so beautiful up there!

  161. Four favorites of mine are sitting on the beach at Whitefish Point just watching the freighters pass. Another is walking the trails in Tahquamenon Falls park on a summer evening. A nice evening cruise along Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, and also Engineer’s Day at the Soo.

  162. I love the UP’s wide open spaces. There aren’t many places anymore that you can drive for miles and enjoy landscape!

  163. The peacefulness. When we cross
    the bridge the beautiful scenery engulfs you and holds you throughout your stay. Copper Harbor is one of our favorite destinations with the quaint shops and friendly people. We can’t cross the bridge without sampling a batch of freshly baked pasties. We’re “trolls” with “da yupper” waiting to be set free.

  164. As with so many other folks, family camping trips and annual treks to summer camp that started when my parents were kids were the highlights of our summers.

  165. My favorite thing about the Upper Peninsula is that it was where I was raised and shaped me into who I am today. The small-town, surrounded-by-nature, friendly community I grew up in is something I will always be grateful for…not to mention all the natural wonders to be found in da U.P.! I love my “motherland” and everybody who knows me knows it!

  166. My favorite thing about the UP has got to be camping and kayaking during the fall changing of the colors on the leaves.

  167. I guess spending time with my family camping and getting to visit and live there forh time we were up there. I find it hard to pick just one with all that beauty. But you add all the beauty and good family memorys and you have something for life. I guess if I must pick one it would have to be when my boys first went to the up and saw the bridge and the great lakes. Pretty impressive way to start. It say’s come on over there’s plenty more to see and do from here. And there was!

  168. My father took myself and my family every year for 26 years. The UP has taught me to appreciate a lot of things in life. The stars, cool mornings in the summer, fresh water, wildlife, fishing, and knowing back trails to places I want to show my own kids. My Dad has passed away but I am so thankful to spend that time with him on our vacations to the U.P.

  169. The Upper Peninsula , gives you that special feeling , it’s hard to explain , Peaceful , Nature , going back in time , LOVE .

  170. I love the smoked fish and pasties they have at every store.. Plus the site is awesome no matter what time of yr you are up there…..

  171. Some of my favorite things in the U.P. are the Mackinaw Bridge, Tahquamenon falls, Pictured Rocks and Iron Mountain.

  172. My favorite place in the U.P. is Seney. This little town is very special to the Kaliszewski, Modad, and Santilli Families. Our roots run deep in those woods.

  173. What Paul Haskins and Kevin Morrison said…..The naturalness of the land and the wonderful people make the UP “Someplace Special”.

  174. My favorite part about the U.P. is the fall color change. The U.P. is always gorgeous but when the leaves change its absolutely breathtaking! :)

  175. PEACE!!! The feeling of being in touch with nature…exactly as it came from the hand of God. Miles and miles of forest with no buildings intruding…QUIET!! No traffic, no horns honking…..just PEACE!!!

  176. UP feels like I’ve gone home. Clean, crisp and inviting. Oh, Crisp Point Lighthouse and Culhane Lake.

  177. Pictured rocks national park is amazingly beautiful. Tahquamenon falls is breathtaking, so much to see and do. From shore to shore it really is a paradise for every season. We fell in love with the whole UP when we visited this past summer. Can’t wait to go back and see more.

  178. May favorite thing about the U.P. is sneaking away to watch the waves on Lake Superior in Marquette. Whenever I come home, I go to my secret spot where I can just sit and feel the wind while waves crash into the shore. It’s so amazing to be somewhere like that and not see another soul for miles.

  179. Loons, lighthouses, waterfalls, meteor showers, Northern Lights, whitefish, venison, pasties, camping at Perch Lake, blueberries, Lake Superior on a windy day, Lake Michigan smooth as glass, smelting, bonfires, Dollarville Dam, the woods in fall, Tahquamenon Falls in winter, the swamp, moose and squirrel, partridge, sunsets, sunrises, whipporwills, beaverdams, perch and pike, the Crow River, Miners Castle, cold hand crafted beer, spring melt, Seney Refuge, Whitefish Point, but mostly the Yoopers and coming home to see my family!

  180. I love the drive on M28 from Munising to Marquette along the beautiful Lake Superior shoreline. I read a couple months back in the Detroit News that this was selected as one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the country.

  181. I love that traveling to the U.P. is almost like a badge to be worn proudly by us down near Detroit. You’re going somewhere special if you’re traveling to the U.P. I say with pride my ancestors lived (and some are buried) in the Upper Peninsula.

    Oh, and the pasties. Pasties are amazing.

  182. I love Copper Harbor and how peaceful it is! I’m glad my grandparents decided to move there or I would have never known its beauty!

  183. You can’t just pick one thing about the U.P. because it’s like Ray Stevens says “EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL”

  184. Two great memories for me are as a teenager going to the Cedarville area with my Dad and his cousin, bringing our beagles and running snowshoe rabbits. How peaceful, with the fresh snow on the ground, listening to the beagles baying echoing though the woods. Perch fishing through the hard water around Drumound Island, fast action and what a great meal…..fresh fish and fried potatoes…….great memories……THANKS DAD, I love you, thanks for sharing.

  185. The UP is unmistakably Nature, with a capital N, from the seemingly unending forests to the the waterfalls, both big and small The undisturbed unoccupied beaches next to sky blue water. Lake Superior with it’s show of force of November gales. Sunrise and sunset, often undisturbed by contrails. Bear, Deer, Loons, Eagles and on and on.

  186. Head out to the lighthouse at The Stonington Peninsula in the early fall to witness the 1000′s of Monarch butterflies who stop to rest there each migration season. Nature’s Magic at it’s best !

  187. It’s almost impossible to pick just one of my favorite things in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. If I had to pick one thing, I’d have to say it’s the year-round beauty. No matter what season, there’s always a fresh-air feeling, a wide-open feeling, to me, just something I don’t feel anywhere else. My family vacations up there during the summers, and have spent a few winter’s there as well. I’ve seen the gorgeous Fall foliage, and when it’s “Fall” down here in Florida, there’s simply no comparison. The year-round beauty is something I long for and hope to enjoy it on a permanent basis.

  188. Grand Island! Took the bus tour…next step is I would love to camp there and explore the island, west side was just spectacular with the rough water splashing up and the beautiful quartz rocks everywhere!!!

  189. There is so much I LOVE about the UP – too much to list here! I think the thing I enjoy the most, though, is the FEELING I get when we get on the bridge. It’s a feeling of peace and excitement at the same time, a sense of contentment, and the overwhelming feeling of coming HOME (evening though we reside in metro Detroit). The UP will always be that calming place, that homing beacon that guides me back to where I belong. :-)

  190. The best thing about the U.P. is it is one of the last great wilderness left in this State, maybe even the Country. And the beautiful fall colors are amazing and one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! I love the U.P.!

  191. Chase S. Osborn, Michigan’s only governor from the U.P., is buried on Duck Island at the very eastern end of Sugar Island in the St Marys River (easternmost part of UP). He was from Indiana and Wisconsin as a child and young man, and became a Yooper by choice!

  192. I can’t name just one great thing about the U.P I love every mile of it. My wife and I just go driving through every back road we can find when we visit. We have a blast seeing all the great sites the U.P has to offer.

  193. The Porkies are my favorite place in the world. Stay in a yurt and hike to Trap Falls. Also my favorite sunrise memory ever is from camping in Lake Gogebic State Park.

  194. Lake of the clouds is what I remember after 45 years since I have been there but still remember it as being wonderful.

  195. My favorite thing about the U.P. was always just getting the chance to go snowmobiling with my Grandfather. It always seemed so peaceful up there, like it was a world away from life in metro Detroit. There was nothing better then getting to hang out with him for hours on a trail

  196. My favorite thing about the UP is that my brother-in-law lives up there and we get to go visit him a lot! :)

  197. There are so many great things about the U.P., but a couple of things I love are the incredibly tall trees, the red color to the dirt, the rocky “walls” along the roads, and that you can drive for quite a while without seeing another car! And, of course, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is amazing!!

  198. So many things to love!! My favorite: Backpacking Isle Royale National Park! Runner-ups: thimbleberries and thimbleberry jam from the monks at Eagle Harbor. Yum!!!

  199. When I think of the UP I can’t help but think of one of my favorite places, Chapel Beach, Pictured Rocks Shoreline! A beautiful hike leads to a quiet beach with breathtaking views! But this is just ONE of my favorite places in the UP….I could name many, many , many more!

  200. Visiting my nephews at Northern Michigan University in Marquette for the past four years has been a real “hoot.” We HAVE to stop at Mackinack City (Cabela’s) then the little park in town to take pictures of the most beautiful Bridge in the country. Next stop, pasties! The drive is breathtaking! On my bucket list is a two week vacation visiting all the U.P. waterfalls!

  201. Our family’s favorite thing about the U.P. is the Michigan State Fair. Now that there is no State Fair in Detroit we have traveled from southeast Michigan to Escanaba for the last 2 years for the Fair. We build a whole vacation around it, making stops all along the way at many top-notch Michigan destinations.

  202. I LOVE watching the moonset over Western Lake Superior from 12 Mile Beach…in October the moon completely fills the horizon before it sets & is spectacular!

  203. I love that from the LP you travel over the Mighty Mac to get to the UP, and I think Mackinaw island is technically considered part of the UP as well.

  204. My absolute favorite thing about the U.P. are the sunsets at the mouth of the Two Heart on Lake Superior. One of the most magical times I ever shared with my dad was one of those sunsets. I hope that I can remember that for the rest of my life!

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