michigan’s upper peninsula

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.

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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!

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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!

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.