On the western side of glacier-carved Lake Superior, a 45-mile-long archipelago forms Isle Royale National Park. The namesake island anchors more than 450 smaller islands, which gained national park status in 1940. While the 70 years since might be a dot on the islands’ timeline, they represent long-range protection. No roads or vehicles spoil the wilderness.
It’s a seaplane trip or several-hour boat ride from Copper Harbor or Houghton on the Keweenaw Peninsula. From the ferry dock, visitors walk to Rock Harbor Lodge, the park’s only accommodation. That end of the island is command central. You’ll then depart for backcountry camping, day hikes, park ranger-guided walks and interpretive programs. The park has a number of other great outdoor activities including boat tours, kayaking and scuba diving. For more details, click here.