An article in local e-zine “U.P. Second Wave” (new tab) recently touted the attraction of three small towns in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. If you’re ever in this area, these towns are good places to start. As a local road tripper, I’d like to share my opinions of the three towns. So read the linked article, and come on back!
Munising is a great tourist town. It’s nestled among forested hills on a bay in Lake Superior. Nearby, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is sure to wow you. But don’t stop there! Farther east on Highway 58 are the Grand Sable Dunes. These are amazing masses of sand, 300 feet above the blue-green lake. Heading east more is the little tiny harbor town of Grand Marais. We ate here last summer. The food was decent, the palace was busy, and the people were happy to see us! You can get to Newberry from here by heading south on Highway 77.
I’ve only been to Newberry once, and it’s been awhile. I was just passing through on my way to the Great Lakes Ship Wreck Museum and Whitefish Point Lighthouse. So I don’t have much to say about it, except if you got to Tahquamenon Falls, then it would be a shame if you didn’t keep going the Ship Wreck Museum(map).
Way back to the west, in the Keweenaw Peninsula, sits Michigan’s Northern-most town of Copper Harbor. It’s definitely a cute town, and a nice place to visit. There’s tons to do and see! There are great trails, rocky shorelines, the Historic Fort Wilkins State Park, Brockway Mountain Overlook, and lots and lots more. The shops are cute, and you can even get homemade fudge. In fact, the entire Keweenaw Peninsula is a great place to see.
Copper Harbor is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t stay there. Services are lacking. I felt like I was just another tourist when I stayed there. I’ve found nearby Calumet to be much more hospitable, with better restaurants. The Centennial Cottages are gorgeous, and the owner is very nice.
So come on up and check out the Upper Peninsula!