The Upper Peninsula
Are you thinking about traveling to the beautiful Upper Peninsula this summer? Do you live out of state and you wonder what wonders await you here in Michigan?? Well, this Michigander would love to tell you all about it! The first time I went to the U.P. When I was younger my family told me I had visited there, but I did not remember any of it from that time. So.. with that being said I would like to tell you about the time my husband surprised me for our honeymoon and took me to all these beautiful spots in the U.P. Every single day, we were in a totally different part of the U.P and it truly was the best honeymoon I could have ever hoped for, in a state I had no idea had so many beautiful places.
The first thing we did was get in the car and take the several hour drives to our first destination Mackinaw City. This is a big tourist section, if you love fudge this is one of the best places to get it. Also if you want to try something new or if you have already had one yourself, this is a good spot to get a Pasty.
After you cross over the bridge, I believe you end up right in St. Ignace. There is a place called Castle Rock and a lighthouse that you will want to visit. If you are anything like my husband and me, we are obsessed with lighthouses, they are all so unique. We try to look at everyone everywhere we go, so we have been to quite a few in Michigan.
Finally, there are so many incredible places to go to when you are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We have so many secret and hidden spots that are absolutely gorgeous. These next ones are quite a drive and I will just show you pictures, rather than explaining where exactly they are because I am truly very sorry but geography has never been my strong suit.
Hidden in the forest along the Tahquamenon river you will find this absolutely gorgeous site. Stop by the state park and start a walk down the pathway to see the upper part of these falls. The upper falls are one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. There is a 50-foot drop for the waterfall and around 200 feet across. The smaller part of the falls is beautiful to look at too. Take a 4 or so mile hike, and you will see the smaller part of the falls.
History of Kitch-iti-kipi;
Kitch-iti-kipi is one of the largest springs in Michigan. When you first walk to the dock, you will think nothing of it. Not until you look down in the hole will you see such an amazing site. The spring was discovered back in the 1920s, the man who discovered it tells a tale that is still told to this day. He said that the spring “was named in memory of a chieftain that who died in the icy waters when his canoe tipped over, while he was trying to impress a woman” This spring is just breathtaking and worth every second. Located off M-149 Near Manistique you will find this natural beauty.
History of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore;
The name of these derives from the formation and the streaks of mineral stain on the cliffs. If you do want to see these rocks, I suggest taking a boat tour, or if you like kayaking, taking a tour that way. You can also hike the trails and overlook the beauty that our lakeshore has to offer as well. These formations of cliffs and rocks extend more than 15 miles around the lakeshore. They are located in a town called Munising and are very easy to get to and see.
Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Museum;
This lighthouse is one of my favorites when you climb up inside and get to the top it has such a beautiful view. This lighthouse was first lit in 1849 and was one of the first lighthouses on Lake Superior. Although it was one of the first lighthouses, this point we were told by the guide is actually known as “The Graveyard of Ships” Why you ask?? More vessels and ships have gotten lost here than any other part of the lake. You can actually see one of the ships from the lighthouse, and parts of it on the beach. If you go to this lighthouse, make sure you go the museum to learn so much more about this point on Lake Superior, lots of great history here!
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan has so much in store, I cannot wait to take a trip up there again myself soon. If you have any questions or want to plan a trip to the U.P and you are not sure where to go, I would be more than happy to help. Sign up and email me today!