Top things to do

Island in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Grand Island

Rugged Grand Island floats a half-mile offshore from Munising and is part of Hiawatha National Forest. Visitors can day trip over to hike and mountain bike, or spend the night in one of the rustic campsites. Bike re…
Lake in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Lake of the Clouds

The lake, in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, is the area's most photographed sight. After stopping at the visitor center to pay the park entrance fee (per car $9), continue to the end of Hwy 107 and climb…
Museum in Sault Ste Marie

Soo Locks Visitor Center

Sault Ste Marie is best known for its locks that raise and lower 1000ft-long freighters between the different lake levels. The downtown visitor center features displays, videos and observation decks from which you c…
Seafood in Marquette

Thill's Fish House

Buy fresh-caught trout or whitefish in various forms (smoked, pickled, sausage) right on the dock. Thill's is Marquette's last commercial fishing operation, and it hauls in fat catches daily. It's set in a Quonset h…
Brewery in Marquette

Blackrocks Brewery

Beer geeks and mountain bikers hang out at Blackrocks Brewery, set in a cool refurbished house downtown. It makes deliciously hoppy beers, heavy on the American IPAs.
State Park in Upper Peninsula

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Lovely Tahquamenon Falls flow with tea-colored waters tinted by upstream hemlock leaves. The Upper Falls, 200ft across with a 50ft drop, wow onlookers – including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who mentioned them in hi…
Museum in Upper Peninsula

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Beyond the town of Paradise is this fascinating museum, where the intriguing displays include items trawled up from sunken ships. Dozens of vessels – including the Edmund Fitzgerald that Gordon Lightfoot crooned abo…
American in Sault Ste Marie

Karl's Cuisine, Winery & Brewery

The menu at convivial Karl's spans pasties (beef or chicken plus veggies baked in a crust), maple-planked Lake Superior whitefish, burgers, sandwiches, stromboli and pasta dishes. The common thread is the use of loc…
American in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Syl's Cafe

Breakfasts are Syl's glory. Folks chitchat over biscuits and gravy, pancakes and sausages, and heaping plates of eggs at the booths in this classic diner. Meaty sandwiches, burgers and beer-battered french fries are…
Museum in Marquette

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap and Museum

Behold Big Gus, the world's largest chainsaw. And Big Ernie, the world's largest rifle. Kitsch runs rampant at Da Yoopers Tourist Trap and Museum, 15 miles west of Marquette on Hwy 28/41, past Ishpeming. Browse the …