With the vast Lake Superior capping a similarly large expanse of pure Northern beauty, there’s no shortage of sights to see in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. An underrated destination, these Upper Peninsula attractions make for an incredibly breathtaking Northern Michigan vacation.

Fayette Historic State Park

4785 II Rd, Garden | 906.644.2603

This historic site takes visitors into the past. The town recreates its days as a bustling Michigan town the second Saturday of every August during the park’s Heritage Day. Check out the MyNorth video below to take a historic tour!

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

33303 Headquarters Rd., Ontonagon 906.885.5275

With a variety of healthy foliage, miles of wild rivers, and secluded lakes, Porcupine Mountains—Michigan’s largest state park—is a week-long attraction in itself. Pack a tent and a camera; the park doubles as a campground and scenic trail destination.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

41382 West M-123, Paradise 906.492.3590

You can find a string of beautiful natural waterfalls in this state park as well as quality camping land within its 52,000 acres. Choose between modern or rustic style campsites. What you can’t find is roads or power lines. This is nature’s finest!

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

400 W Portage Ave., Sault Ste Marie 906.635.1742

Delve into the haunting pasts of some of the nation’s biggest shipwrecks before visiting the fully restored Lightkeeper’s quarters or taking the boardwalk to a barrier-free Lake Superior shoreline.

Soo Locks Boat Tours

Dock #1: 1157 E. Portage Ave. Sault Ste Marie 906.632.6301
Dock #2: 515 E. Portage Ave. Sault Ste Marie 906.632.2512

With a multitude of cruise options to choose from and sightseeing that’s guaranteed to be gorgeous, this is a unique way to explore the peninsula that can’t be mimicked.

Oswald’s Bear Ranch

13814 County Rd. 407, Newberry 906.293.3147

Experience Northern U.S Wildlife like you haven’t yet. This truly unique complex rescues new cubs every year and offers visitors the chance to watch them grow from four large habitat areas that are almost barrier-free.

Adventure Mining Company

200 Adventure, Greenland | 906.883.3371

Tour real, unaltered sites of Michigan’s copper mining industry at the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Lights and hard hats are provided for your adventure underground and safety instructions are thoroughly explained during each tour. After your tour, get lost in the gift gallery on site which includes handmade copper jewelry, books, and other copper products.

Wildridge Riding Stables

36618 Lost Lake Rd., Paradise 906.492.3213

Wildridge Stables offer daily summer trail rides all year round (weather permitting in the winter). Enjoy beautiful Northern Michigan scenery atop one of the world’s friendliest creatures.

Exploring the Eben Ice Caves

Just a short hike off-road lies one of natures most intriguing formations right in the little town of Eben Junction. The ice caves form due to a steady slow melt combined with sudden, frigid temperatures and make for a once-in-a-lifetime photo op.

Les Cheneaux Farmers and Artisans Market

2900 W M-134, Hessel 906.484.3935 (Market manager Les Cheneaux Islands Area Tourist Association)

Enjoy artisan bread products, fresh produce, essential oils, as well as frequent live music and so much more at this popular local farmers market! (Location changes in the winter).

Marquette Golf Club

1075 Grove St. | Marquette

The only 36-hole golf course in the Upper Peninsula, the Heritage course, was originally designed and created in 1926. The club is also home to the nationally recognized Greywalls course, which was voted #2 course in Michigan by Golfweek Magazine. The entire course is a natural wonder and a testament to the rugged beauty of the Marquette area. Both courses offer breathtaking views of Lake Superior.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Munising | 906.387.3700

The National Lakeshore hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles offering stunning vistas from sandstone cliffs, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, lakes and forest to explore. No matter what season you visit in, hiking, camping, and sightseeing opportunities abound.

Upper Peninsula Attractions


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