The wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers many vacation ideas for enjoying nature. This area has very little population and has some of the most beautiful scenery you will in the state.
One area in particular is quite popular for its beauty. This is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore which runs for 40 miles along the shore of Lake Superior. Highway 28 cuts through here and makes a great place for a scenic road trip.
The rugged cliffs and beaches along the route are excellent for photographers. The mountains and forests of the Upper Peninsula have loads trails for hiking and biking. Another very popular activity here is snowmobiling in the winter.
A great place to start is the small picturesque town of Munising. Here you can rent a cabin along the lake or camp in one of the many campgrounds and RV parks in the area.
By Roger from Wisconsin - Eagle River is a small town in the Northwoods of Wisconsin that provides an unforgettable outdoor experience. If you like fishing, camping, boating, and other outdoor recreational experiences, you will love visiting Eagle River.
Eagle River is located on the largest chain of lakes in the world, a chain of 29 lakes that provides excellent swimming, fishing, and the opportunity for all kinds of water fun, like jet skiing, tubing, and other activities. Once you're done with your outdoor fun, you can check out some of the fun shops located in Eagle River.
On Main Street is Tremblay's Fudge Shop, which provides delectable treats for you to enjoy, or bring home as a gift. Fun dining locations in Eagle River include Soda Pop's, a fun diner that offers over 150 different soda flavors for you to choose from, and Leif's Cafe, a family restaurant that offers delicious food at a reasonable cost and serves breakfast all day.
If you're looking for something a little more upscale, check out Eagle Waters Resort. Their fish fry is deservedly famous around town. For outdoor fun with a Northwoods flair, Eagle River can't be beat!
I always take the Arnold Line Ferry over to the island. I prefer this ferry because you can take your bicycle over with you for pretty cheap. I like to stay at the Lakeview Hotel which is near the docks and right downtown. It is a nice, historic hotel with great views. The Grand Hotel is always a great place to visit or stay because of its' history. Mackinac Island is a unique place because there are no cars on the island. Everyone travels by bicycle or horse and carriage.
In fact, one of the fun things to do on the island is bike around the shoreline, which is about eight miles long. Sometimes my husband and I even rent a two-seated bike just for the fun of it. Inland, there is Fort Mackinac surrounded by hiking trails through the hills.
And finally, downtown is the most touristy place to visit simply because Mackinac Island is known for delicious fudge. There are several world famous fudge shoppes along the main road and I never forget to take some home with me each time I visit. I would highly recommend Mackinac Island if you are looking for great places to visit in Michigan.
Plus, I get to spend at least one week climbing it two or three times a day! The best part of this whole vacation deal is that the association pays for my housing for that week.
To sum it all up, I receive a free week's vacation in a nice three-bedroom home. I get two days off to do what I want in an area of Michigan that I love - Silver Lake State Park. I get to watch the sun set on Lake Michigan, and watch the light come on at Little Sable Point Lighthouse each night. Finally, I get to talk to hundreds of people each week. Some of these people love lighthouses as much as I do, so I get to hear a lot about wonderful experiences others have had and find out about the latest tour schedules.
Did I mention the best part? Discounts on merchandise featuring my favorite lighthouse is one other perk of the job. Life is good being a volunteer lighthouse keeper at Little Sable Point Lighthouse in Mears, Michigan! What a lovely vacation idea!
Our first stop the cut river bridge. This is a short bridge over a deep gash in the earth created by the river. I call it a mini grand canyon. Our first day mostly spent traveling along the shore line with a stop at the mystery spot (good for kids not adults), a zoo and a gas station with at least fifty different types of jerky. The next day we traveled to Fayette.
This is a state park on Big Bay de Noc. The state has rebuilt a smelting town at this spot and you are able to see how people lived in the 1800's in an iron ore smelting town.
We spent eight hours just wandering around and looking at the buildings and walking the many trails. If ever you get to this area I highly recommend this site.
Next we traveled further North with a stop at the largest fresh water spring in the worlds; a forty foot deep natural spring. One beautiful place in nature. Back in the van further North we went to Munising and a look at many natural water falls with a visit to a museum that displayed old settlers type of stuff. We spent an entire day exploring this area.
There are at least twenty different areas to see, one anther state park called castle rock really cool place along Lake Superior. The last day we traveled along a curvy road across the top of the UP. Along this route we stopped at several water falls and great places along Lake Superior. One of my favorite was the Log Run.
This is where the loggers used to push logs down three hundred feet sand dunes to Lake Superior below. You feel the power of Mother Nature here as you look out over the turbulent waters of Lake Superior from three hundred feet above. The trip took four days and yes there was a lot of driving but there was so much to see even this was pleasant.
It seemed around every corner there as a park or a new unique site. The landscape changed from rolling hills to steep cliffs in a blink then too lake views. There is so much to see you could just drive around but I recommend stopping a breathing in the crisp air and getting sand between your toes.