A trip Up North is a Michigan summer must. If you haven’t made it to the Keweenaw Peninsula yet this year, now is the time to do it! These are the must-dos. 

1. Visit Keweenaw National Historic Park

For 7,000 years, up until the 1900s, people mined Keweenaw copper. Native peoples made copper into tools and trade items. Investors and immigrants arrived in the 1800s in a great mineral rush, developing thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities. Though the mines have since closed, their mark is still visible on the land and people. Experience the incredible tours at the former Quincy Mining Company properties. Next, explore the visitors center in Calumet and downtown area. The historic copper mining town has charming shops and an active arts district on the main street.

2. Keweenaw Brewfest

The 10th Annual Keweenaw Brewfest is September 7 at the Kestner Waterfront Park in Houghton. With more than 50 different breweries represented and a total of 200+ beers, hard ciders and hard sodas; it’s one of the most exciting beer festivals that the Upper Peninsula has to offer. Enjoy live music and celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of the Keweenaw Peninsula’s favorite events. Pproceeds raised will go to the Keweenaw Community Foundation.

3. Hit the Trails

Set out to hike or bike one of the many trails surrounding the Houghton area. Whether it’s the Michigan Tech trails, Swedetown Trails, Maasto Hiito or any others you’re sure to encounter, you’ll experience the striking natural beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

4. Test the Waters

By August and September, Lake Superior is just warming up! Submerge yourself in the beautiful clear waters of the largest Great Lake. In between swims, hunt rocks and agates at Calumet Waterworks or Agate Beach. Looking for a more relaxing day? Lay on the sandy beach at White City in Jacobsville.

5. Paddle the Portage Canal

The best way to enjoy summer in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is paddling the Portage Canal in Hancock and Houghton. Bring your own equipment or stop by Portage Paddle Sports to rent a paddleboard, kayak or inflatable tube for a day on the water. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings they even offer SUP Yoga Classes in collaboration with Fresh Coast Yoga. Sign up for a class to experience simple yoga and cool, refreshing water.

6. See a Show

Visit The Orpheum Theater—a historic Vaudeville theater built in 1910. They host a variety of musicians from bluegrass to folk to zydeco. (P.S. The theater also serves delicious pizza!)

Photo(s) by Portage Paddle Sports