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Old 08-29-2004, 09:17 AM   #1
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We are heading up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan the third week of September and were wondering if any of you well traveled Airstreamers have been up there and what is the "must see" for our trip.

We plan on taking in the Maritime Museum in White Fish Bay and Mackinac Island, but I would like your feed back and possibly some pics?

Da Yoopers have a Tourist Trap that I hear is a real hoot, but is it?
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All the time! Great place to camp. If you boondock, there are thousands of places.

One that we've gone to the past two years is Pictured Rock National Lakeshore. PM me and I can send you some pics.
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U.p.

See Pahaska's Michigan UP Trip thread for some great info and pics.
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Thank You!

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Thanks for hooking me up to Pahaska's thread. I can't wait. I hope the trees are still in color when we go. It's a strange year here in Wisconsin. Some of our maples are starting already. It's too early!
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Great place to go

From Sault Ste Marie, take the shore route to Paradise and Tahquamenon Falls. It is pretty and passes the Iriquois Point Lighthouse and an Indian casino. Wes stopped at the casino for a couple of hours. Good food there. At Upper Tahquamenon Falls, eat dinner at the Brew Pub by the parking lot. They brew 4 kinds of beer on site and the food was to die for. $15-$20 range.

At Munising, take the last Pictured Rocks boat tour of the day. You will get the late afternoon sun on the rocks and it is beautiful. The photo on my thread was taken during the boat tour. We stayed in the "Musining Tourist Park", a couple of miles west of town center. It is city run and right on the shore.

At Sault Ste Marie, eat at the Antlers restaurant. Also, there are free viewing platforms and some displays by the US locks. Great to watch a freighter go through. We enjoyed the boat trip through the locks.
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We took our children to da UP in our days of tent camping - toward the end of the vacation they figured we'd seen or camped near every waterfall in the state. You will have some beautiful settings if you boondock here and there.

Ditto on the recommendations for Pictured Rocks Nat'l Lakeshore and Tahquamenon Falls S.P. The drive from Munising to Au Sable Point to Grand Marais is interesting but does have some dirt/sand roads. It is regularly traveled and maintained in good condition. Porcupine Mountain S.P. has a nice campground right on the water -- interesting sandstone formations too. Don't know that I'd heartily recommend the Porkies unless you were west for other reasons; there are good backpack trails there. Lake Gogebic S.P. had campsites right on this lake in rolling forested hills.

Indian Lake State Park is very nice -- don't miss the spring-fed pond and a day trip down to Fayette S.P. Fayette was an iron mining company's town that was abandoned and later added to the state park system.

Certainly check out the Michigan DNR's website for state park and other campground amenities. And travel with a better map than Rand McNally... a good state map is hard to beat. Keep an eye out for small town restaurants with signs saying 'Pasty' in the window -- the Cornish pasty (a miner's lunch) is a frequent local feature in the western U.P.
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When you head to Mackinac there is a state park called Wilderness not more than 30 minutes from where you pick up the boats to go to the island. We camped there and made a a couple day trips to Mackinaw. Camping is available on the water or in the woods.

The Maritime Museum at White Fish is great. While you are right there go a few miles to Taquamenon Falls. There are the upper and lower falls but both can be seen easily with a very nice walk in beautiful park-like surroundings and boardwalk. The colors were gorgeous there. We camped right on the river in the rustic campground which is a bit further away and a drive to the falls, but well worth it.

Porcupine Mountain is a MUST! It is a wilderness area with campsites right on Lake Superior, waterfalls, hiking, fantastic overlook of Lake of the Clouds and an observation tower. Also a perfect place for autumn color and winter sports.



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We are heading up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan the third week of September and were wondering if any of you well traveled Airstreamers have been up there and what is the "must see" for our trip.

We plan on taking in the Maritime Museum in White Fish Bay and Mackinac Island, but I would like your feed back and possibly some pics?

Da Yoopers have a Tourist Trap that I hear is a real hoot, but is it?
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We are heading up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan the third week of September and were wondering if any of you well traveled Airstreamers have been up there and what is the "must see" for our trip.

We plan on taking in the Maritime Museum in White Fish Bay and Mackinac Island, but I would like your feed back and possibly some pics?

Da Yoopers have a Tourist Trap that I hear is a real hoot, but is it?
We really enjoyed the time we spent up there with the other Airstreamer’s in July! One of the things we did while staying in Mackinaw City was to take the three hour light house boat tour.

We went to the museum at White Fish point; enjoyed that very much! We also visited Drummond Island while we were visiting with drcharles2, he showed us an interesting place where you can stand on the crust of the earth.

We only spent a couple of days in the UP but were amazed at how much there was to see and do around Mackinaw City in itself.

Hope you have an enjoyable trip!
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Just to avoid confusion, I believe the previous threads are referring to the "Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum" on Whitefish Point. It's a great visit (hope you like Gordon Lightfoot<G>).

http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com

This is near where the Edmund Fitzgerald went down.

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U.P. food staple, the pasty, rhymes with nasty,not tasty

Gwen,
Not to be confused with pasties, those clever stick-ons used to cover the burlesques' dancers nipples, you want to pronounce pasty correctly or everyone will know you are from "down under'. Welcome to the upper peninsula, Michigan's own post-it note, a perfect complement to airstreaming. The suggestions you've received, the bridge, Mackinac, Tahquamenon Falls, Pictured Rocks in Munising, the Museum at Whitefish Point, the Soo locks, are all worthwhile and interesting. Save Isle Royal N.P. for a separate visit. Interior travel in the U.P. is marked by lassitude (translation: tedious and boring), but also defines serenity.

Mackinac Island, a genteel retreat backward in time, is flowery, scenic, and perhaps overrated. The Grand Hotel and old fort can be ameliorated quickly by dodging tourists, pimpled teens on bicycles, horse turds, and an endless stream of fudge, taffy, tee-shirt, and trinket shops. Two boat trips, two hours, two beers, and you'll be begging to return to St. Ignace.

An interesting side trip; cross the International bridge to Soo, Canada and take the all day Algoma Central railway 120 miles north into the interior of Ontario. The destination is the Agawa Canyon, inaccessible by car, eastern Canada's answer to the western Rockies. only without the snow-capped peaks. It is in a word (caution: overused superlative alert), spectacular.

If you would like to PM us, I would be pleased to provide a personal guided tour (free) of the eastern tip of the upper peninsula, the DeTour passage of the St. Mary's River (freighter spotting and world class salmon fishing), and Drummond Island. Only slightly out-of-the-way, from our home base on the north shore of Lake Huron, this area is stunning, yet comfortably and gratefully, away from the tourist track. Only if you are into tranquility.

Now about those pastys. Imagine a Swanson frozen beef pot pie, only drier and not quite as tasty. Actually, a post-it note covered with sausage gravy ranks a star higher.
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Ditto on the recommendations for Pictured Rocks Nat'l Lakeshore and Tahquamenon Falls S.P. The drive from Munising to Au Sable Point to Grand Marais is interesting but does have some dirt/sand roads. It is regularly traveled and maintained in good condition..
Yea, and I just loved this sign on H-58, turning left at Kingston Corners heading toward the scenic route to Grand Marias with our new Safari in tow....really, really glad I added those mudflaps. Came out of there without a scratch or nick!

We stayed at a beautiful rustic campground called Kingston Lake.

Also here are some pics of the better looking part of the road and pics of the sign entering Pictured Rock Lakeshore from the Grand Marias side as well as a pic or two of the AuSable Lighthouse and a view of the AuSable Dunes from the top of the lighthouse.
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