|Upper Tahquamenon Falls, U.P.|
Beautiful is a start, but "majestic" is more like it! Hiking, biking, and paddling are my favorite activities up there, but we saw so many people touring the area on their motorcycles... you can view the scenery lots of different ways! Many roads travel alongside a great lake and there are many motels, hotels, and cabins available for rent in addition to all the campgrounds that we passed along the way. We visited 7 different campgrounds during our 19 night "loop" from our home in the lower peninsula, around the U.P. and then back down across the bridge again.
Rule #1. Do your research and talk to the locals!
I know my family, so I know that the kids start to go batty in the car after 4 hours, so I planned our campground visits accordingly. I read campground reviews on rvparkreviews.com and made sure there were things to do and see in each area. I relied on a website I found called "Things to do in the U.P." along with a Facebook page called "Upper Peninsula Travel" when considering our options and making our plans.
What one person considers a "must see" might not suit your family. For example, there is a restaurant in Munising that many people said was great, but after trying it twice, we know we'll never visit there again! Basically, you know your family's likes and dislikes, skills, abilities, and ages. Read maps closely and check mileages, for both driving and hiking! If you need a stroller, consider that some hiking paths are wide and smooth, while others are narrow, hilly, and bumpy with tree roots. If you can't find the answers to your questions via Google, then call or visit the local visitor's center for detailed maps, attractions, and information. The best visitor center we visited was the Keweenaw Visitor Center, who offers a free smartphone app for all the local restaurants, attractions, and activities in the Keweenaw Peninsula! The Munising visitor center has maps of all the waterfalls, and I can't recommend strongly enough that you should purchase a detailed map of just the Upper Peninsula with mileages between towns. Gas stations and restaurants can be few and far between, and will elevation changes, your dashboard gas estimate may not be as accurate as usual!
|Harbor Springs Marina (Lower Peninsula, near Petoskey) Lake Michigan|
|Upper Tahquamenon Falls|
|Oswald's Bear Ranch, Newberry Michigan (Yes, those are Fruit Loops!)|
|Lower Tahquamenon Falls|
|Lake Michigan view at the Tunnel of Trees (if you love to motorcycle)|
|Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point (Edmund Fitzgerald site)|
|Horseshoe Falls, Munising|
|Laughing Whitefish Falls, Munising|
|Chapel Rock, Pictured Rocks, Munising|
|Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Lake Superior, Munising|
|Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon|
|Bonanza Falls, Ontonagon|
|Estivant Pines, Old Growth Forest, Copper Harbor|
|Horseshoe Harbor, Copper Harbor (tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula)|
|Sunset at Lake Superior, Ontonagon (Porcupine Mtns in distance)|
|A rainbow over our camper in Ontonagon|
|Kitch-iti-kipi (The Big Spring), Manistique|
|Exploring a historic Copper Mine, Ontonagon|
|Mackinaw Bridge (Lake Huron)|
|Arch Rock, Mackinaw Island|
|Sugar Loaf, Mackinaw Island|
Please, by all means, if you have questions about Up North travel, just let me know! I'm happy to share more of our experiences!