Upper Peninsula Adventure, Intrigue and Relaxation

Adventure abounds for those who like to explore, canoe, raft, kayak, sail, fish, hunt or bike in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. Become mesmerized by the unspoiled wilderness, breathtaking landscapes, cascading waterfalls—and vast expanse of shoreline brimming three magnificent Great Lakes with endless recreational opportunities. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is where you’ll find exploration, intrigue, relaxation and romance. 

The Upper Peninsula boasts of Michigan's largest lakes, islands, wilderness area and state parks and longest bridge. If you enjoy quiet walks along moss covered paths, the thunder of falling water scudding across blue lakes or a scenic landscape, there is a place for you, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula boasts 150 majestic waterfalls.

The romance and lure of the Upper Peninsula is seen in the ethnic mix of people born of mining and forestry. You'll also find diversity among the area's historical museums, iron mines with tours and stately lighthouses with towers you can climb.

Deep woods laced with streams and waterfalls sweep across 300-plus miles of mostly wilderness, Michigan's northernmost territory, and three of the Great Lakes almost surround it, inspiring four seasons of compelling outdoor activities. Parks protect vast stretches of this ruggedly beautiful landscape, including renowned Tahquamenon Falls State Park, home to the largest waterfall between the Rocky Mountains and Niagara Falls, and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan's largest with 90 miles of trails and some of the regions highest peaks.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Courtesy of Midwest Living MagazineThe rock castles and dunes of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore , a mecca for hikers and kayakers, rim Lake Superior, while serene beaches edge Lake Michigan. Marquette, the UP's largest city, Sault Ste. Marie, site of the world's busiest lock system, and other towns are evolving into cool bases for exploring this country, even as they hold on to rich mining, shipping and logging heritage.

Ferries travel from St. Ignace at the UP's southeast tip to Mackinac Island, a lovely remnant of the Victorian era where no cars are allowed. The aroma of trademark fudge wafts among the island's gingerbread-trimmed downtown shops, as the white-columned 1880s Grand Hotel looks down from a bluff. A visit to Mackinac Island would not be complete without a tour of Fort Mackinac—an authentically restored military compound once occupied by 18th-century British Redcoats and 19th-century American soldiers.

The Cisco Chain of Lakes, located in Watersmeet in the Western Upper Peninsula, consists of 15 lakes dotted with islands and rimmed with more than 270 miles of shoreline. The sparkling lakes are renowned for spectacular fishing, scenic boating and back country camping in the 18,000 acre Sylvania Wilderness. Visitors longing for a peaceful time in untouched wilderness will be pleased with this choice of location.

For additional information about the Upper Peninsula, visit the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association.