The Soo Locks in the heart of downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Seeing the Soo Locks

Nearly every visitor to the Soo makes a pilgrimage to the locks, right in the heart of downtown Sault Ste. Marie. The area has a lovely park, a walkway, interpretive plaques explaining areas of historic interest, and it’s easy to while away an hour or two watching the ships as they crawl through the locks with seemingly just inches to spare. But there’s plenty more to do too—like your own “lock through” on a boat tour.

Tahquamenon river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula in Four Days

To the uninitiated, the Upper Peninsula’s deceptively large size can come as a shock. Visiting the U.P. with too little time can be a real disappointment. The solution is a well-planned four-day getaway. If you have only a few days and are arriving from the Lower Peninsula, follow this plan to take in the highlights of the eastern U.P. Make sure to have your passport on hand, and don’t look at the odometer!

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Exploring Michigan’s Historic Upper Peninsula: 6-Day Itinerary

Without a doubt, one of the most popular highlights of the Upper Peninsula is history, both military and maritime, especially as it relates to the tragic story of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Devoting your time to exploring that history with this six-day itinerary can be a great deal of fun and intellectually stimulating at the same time. Don’t forget your camera!

The Iron County Courthouse in Crystal Falls, Michigan.

Michigan’s Iron County Heritage Trail

There are 12 stops along Michigan’s Iron County Heritage Trail, a path of historic places scattered throughout the county. The Iron County Historical Museum is a highlight, as a rambling, funky, and homegrown museum with an eclectic blend of local history and culture . Other sites include a courthouse, church, historic sites, and more museums.

Each of the 385 rooms in the Grand Hotel is decorated differently. Photo © Lembi Buchanan/123rf.

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel

The iconic Grand Hotel, a gracious edifice built on a scale appropriate to its name, has become practically synonymous with Mackinac Island. One of the last vestiges of the bygone Gilded Age’s opulence, it’s one of the largest summer resorts in the world, operating from early April through late October.

Waterfall in Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Where to Go in Upper Peninsula Michigan

With no shortage of beautiful, engaging places to visit, it’s hard to know where to go in Upper Peninsula Michigan. Here you’ll find summaries of all the major areas, highlighting local draws such as natural wonders, cultural experiences, long-time visitor favourites, and more.

Lake of Clouds scenic overlook in Michigan's Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Road Trip the Best of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Road trip the best of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The route outlined here will offer the most efficient way of limiting your driving time to segments of just a few hours while allowing you to take in as many attractions as possible.

Lakenenland Scultpure Park features entertaining "junkyard art" creations by sculptor Tom Lakenen.

Unique Michigan Destinations on the Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula boasts a subculture which celebrates the peculiar, the unexpected, and the just plain weird. The area is also home to a few natural oddities. Together, a visit to these weird and wonderful places can add spice to your Upper Peninsula sojourn.

Turquoise water at the shore at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Visiting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan

Hugging the Lake Superior coastline for 42 miles, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is an archetypical example of our fascination with beautiful displays of nature. Join the generations of writers, artists, and photographers inspired by the colorful hues of its escarpments.