Vineyard view of Northern Sun Winery, the only Estate grown winery in the U.P. with a tasting room on site.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Wineries

Picture a leisurely drive along one of Michigan’s storied wine trails, but instead of the familiar destinations near Traverse City, you’re making your way down U.S. 2, stopping at Upper Peninsula wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms.

Kayaking past Bridalveil Falls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The Hiawatha Water Trail in Michigan

One of Lake Superior’s greatest kayaking destinations, the Hiawatha Water Trail in Michigan passes along the shores of Marquette on the way from Big Bay to Grand Marais. Presque Isle is one of Marquette’s most beautiful destinations, and visitors who only see it from land are missing out: This is the ultimate kayak trip.

The Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw can “back and ram” its way through walls of ice as high as 10 feet.

The Lake Effect in Michigan

The Great Lakes ‘lake effect’ hugely impacts Michigan weather. Learn how this in turn effects tourism, notably skiing, swimming, & pre-season preparations.

Fall foliage highlights water cascading over Upper Tahquamenon Falls.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is home to one of the country’s largest waterfalls, as well as the pleasant cascade of the Lower Falls. Both are very easy to visit. Here’s a brief overview of the park along with directions to prime viewing locations.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Lake Superior’s Alger Underwater Preserve

There are several wrecks concentrated in one area of the Alger Underwater Preserve, and the cold, pristine water keeps them from deteriorating. Both divers and nondivers alike can view the wrecks and ruins through dive charters and boat tours.

You can wander in and out of 14 buildings that make up Fort Mackinac.

Fort Mackinac in Upper Peninsula Michigan

Whitewashed Fort Mackinac is worth a visit for the views alone, presiding over—as forts often do—the downtown, the marina, and Lake Huron. But there’s also plenty of exploring to do at this military outpost with its costumed guides and historic reenactments.

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.