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Upper Peninsula Michigan
« on: June 04, 2023, 02:45:03 PM »
This Texan wandered up to Michigan this weekend.  Will spend a week on business in Milford.  Hope to check out the UP next weekend. 

Any tips on places to see?  Restaurants?  I like history, scenic stuff, museums, and simple hearty food.  I forgot my passport so apparently there is no way to get into Canada.


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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2023, 03:08:44 PM »
I have a place in Ironwood. MI (on the WI, MI border) and am up here right now and will be for a few more days.  What point in the UP are you at right now, I can probably suggest something interesting not to far away as there is some amazing stuff almost everywhere.  If you get close you can call me (231 946-3034) and I can give you directions.


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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2023, 03:11:17 PM »
For example there are over 325 waterfalls in the UP so if you like them they are easy to find.

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2023, 05:17:28 PM »
Thanks very much Stu.  Iím currently in Novi. Have to work here all next week.  But Iím thinking of going somewhere in UP next weekend.  Any tips or suggestions are most appreciated.
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2023, 06:02:55 PM »
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2023, 08:05:38 PM »
OK, you are about 280 miles from the bridge, $4 bridge fare, on the way up you will see some signs for the USCG cutter (icebreaker) museum in Cheyboygan, MI.  Other thimgs in the area below the bridge would be the Fort at Mackinaw City (last exit before the bridge).  There are also some historic sites in the immediate area.  After crossing the bridge there are a few things in the St Ignace area (like Castle Rock), there is also the ferry service out to Mackinaw Island which can be a full day of touring (no motorized vehicles on the Island, only horses and bicycles.  If you go North from there you get to Sault Ste Marie and the bridge to Canada.  If you go West (on US2) you go about 300 miles to Wisconsin.  Or you can go slightly North to join up with M28 West and take that to Wisconsin.  Both ways have many interesting views along the way, like the Pictured Rocks, many waterfalls, much mining (copper and iron) and many other items.  It's a good trip no matter what road you take.

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2023, 08:17:36 PM »
You might take a look at sites like this  https://www.facebook.com/thingstodointheup

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2023, 08:24:32 PM »
Eat a pasty!

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2023, 08:49:26 PM »
Agree on the pasty. You will really like it or not some much.  I like 'em.
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2023, 09:20:57 PM »
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2023, 10:19:07 PM »
Oh yes, eat a pasty.  I have tried them from over 75 places up here and the best I have found are from Joe's Pasty shop in Ironwood, 2nd would be from Randall Bakery in Randell and third from Muldoon's in Munising.  All excellent places.

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2023, 04:13:20 AM »
I have a brother that lives in Rapid River, Mi.  (By Gladstone Michigan)  Its a nice area and yes....eat a Pasty!
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2023, 05:17:42 AM »
Man, there are a lot of Milfords in the U.S. I am currently in Milford PA.
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2023, 07:49:13 AM »
Some beautiful woods and nature everywhere, riding along Superior is great. Munising, Marquette, Keweenaw Peninsula are highlights, lot of mining history up there. I'm a born and raised Yooper. Watch out for deer, they are everywhere. If you're lucky might see a moose.
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2023, 12:35:12 PM »
Ditto on the pasties, I grew up in MI and I still make them to this day. I'm of the "ketchup" camp, others are the "gravy" persuasion. Need to eat a bunch both ways and decide for yourself.

If you cross via the Mackinac Bridge, turn west immediately on rt 2, then north on 77 to Seney, then turn west and enjoy the fabled "Seney stretch" for 26(?) mi of arrow-straight 2-lane, for some reason I really like it. Continue past Munising to follow the south shore of Lake Superior, where there are beaches you can stop at that rival any I've seen in the Caribbean for sand whiteness and water clarity. Temperature is a different matter......
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2023, 12:59:05 PM »
Highway: On the west shore, starting at Petosky,  MI 115 (Tunnel of Trees) Harbor Springs to Mackinac Bridge

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2023, 04:38:26 PM »
If you like falls..I do.. this is a beauty. https://www.stateparks.com/tahquamenon_falls_state_park_in_michigan.html
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2023, 02:25:32 PM »
Yes indeed, ride the Tunnel of Trees. If you're into snowmobiles, the best snowmobile museum in the world is the Top-Of-The-Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway, MI. Pics from my visit to in here:

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2023, 07:47:30 AM »
Take a ride to Drummond Island ,just across the bridge with a short ferry ride.Camp in the city campground on the water.If traveling west there is an old motel with attached restaurant near Gould city.Pictured Rocks is a beautiful seashore on Superior.

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2023, 07:51:15 AM »
Correction,the motel is near Gulliver on Hwy 2.

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2023, 09:36:13 AM »
I found the most scenic roads follow the lakeshores. In land not so much unless you are into straight roads through pine trees.
No doubt some are interesting but I havenít found those yet. Mackinaw Island is unique if you have the time, a step back in history.

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2023, 10:17:14 AM »
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #22 on: June 07, 2023, 02:51:25 PM »
Donít miss the Porkies!

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2023, 05:54:09 PM »
Thanks everyone for all your helpful input.  This is such a generous and knowledgeable group!

 I had a fantastic time in the UP last weekend.  Only downside was it was crazy coldóhigh 40s and low 50s in mid-June.  I guess thatís normal. 

Hit the Tunnel of Trees. 





Then across the Big Mac bridge, which is a pretty amazing thing in its own right.





Went all the way to Paradise. 





Iíve been to Utopia in far south Texas, and now Paradise in far north Michigan.

Whitefish Point. 






The Shipwreck museum was terrific; I spend half a day there.














Hit both the upper and lower Tahquamenon Falls.







Stop for gas often.  Old fashioned manual pumpsópay inside.



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Then jogged west and southward, linking up with US 2 along the coastline.  Interesting sand dunes along the way.







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I didnít know what to make of smoked whitefish so didnít try it.  Failed to get a pastie.  Oh well.  Next time I suppose. 
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2023, 06:15:23 PM »
Smoked whitefish is the UP equivalent of Texas bbq.

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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2023, 08:00:30 PM »
Well then dang it.  I missed out!
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2023, 09:47:35 AM »
Simple fix, turn around and go back just to eat.
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Re: Upper Peninsula Michigan
« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2023, 04:05:43 PM »
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I didnít know what to make of smoked whitefish so didnít try it.  Failed to get a pastie.  Oh well.  Next time I suppose. 
Should have had both. At least you hit the falls and shipwreck museum.  :thumb:
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