Boat tour near the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Central Upper Peninsula

Awe inspiring.

See some of nature’s finest masterpieces on display in Michigan’s central Upper Peninsula.

Whether exploring by kayak in the warmer months or ice climbing in the winter, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore stands out as a destination where outdoor opportunities and pristine beauty abound. Yet, the entire central U.P. offers untouched wilderness and breathtaking natural phenomena broken only by the welcoming communities along the way.

Recreation opportunities abound in the region, with Marquette serving as an epicenter for all-season biking, hiking, snowmobiling and more and Big and Little Bay de Noc by Escanaba offering an anglers paradise all year. Local craft breweries and unique eats (try a pasty or cudighi) sustain travelers for the adventures along the road in the central U.P.

Historic buildings at Fayette Historic State Park
The Central U.P. is home to expanses of pristine wilderness and charming coastal towns. Check out these hidden gems that will make your next Michigan adventure one to remember.
Sunset over a river in Grand Marais
Follow the Lake Superior shoreline past colorful cliffs and pristine beaches within and beyond a popular national park, then loop to an equally stunning route along Lake Michigan and back through a still-natural wildlife corridor.
The Castle Rock formation on Lake Superior.
This stretch of coast from Munising to Paradise offers some of the most beautiful adventures in the state. Come along as Jennifer from The Awesome Mitten shares her favorite things to do in Pictured Rocks.
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