The largest city in the UP is Marquette, with an historic downtown shopping district, great variety of dining, museums, and Northern Michigan University, and a new historical museum. Minutes away the outdoor adventures include hiking, biking, kayaking, hunting, fishing, camping and surfing.
Houghton is the gateway to the Keweenaw Peninsula and the rugged beauty of Copper Country. This summer Michigan Technological University will open the doors to a new home for the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. In neighboring Hancock, the streets and business, as well as Finlandia University, reflect the Finnish heritage of the area.
Tour Quincy Mine and appreciate the hard work of the early miners; several sites have been designated as Keweenaw National Historical Park, in recognition of the importance of this area when copper was king. Travel north up the peninsula and enjoy a sunset view from Brockway Mountain Drive, or take a Copper Harbor Lighthouse Boat Tour on Lake Superior. Allow several days for a visit to Isle Royale National Park, an archipelago 56 miles into Lake Superior by boat from Copper Harbor and the country’s only island national park.
For a satisfying backcountry experience on the mainland head to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, a 65,000 acre escape to a world of old growth forest with 90 miles of hiking trails, waterfalls and rapids to challenge paddlers. Another pristine Western UP experience awaits in the Ottawa National Forest near Watersmeet. The Sylvania Wilderness and Sylvania Recreation Area combine for a more than 18,000-acre refuge for fishing, paddling, hiking, camping and solitude.