20 Best Things to Do in Upper Michigan

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Considering Upper Michigan for your next trip is a must.

The place is filled with many adventures and should be a part of your travel bucket list.

You can do pretty incredible things in this place.

This area is full of many surprises.

This place remains a beauty in all three seasons.

The greenery blooms in the summer season, the leaves offer scenic beauty in fall, the spring provides fresh blooms, and winter creates magnificent crystal-clear ice bridges.

Go through the researched list given below why paying a visit to Upper Michigan is worth it.

Here are the top 20 things you can enjoy in Upper Michigan.

The Ice Caves

Grand Island ice caves
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Even though you are not a fan of the winter season, the Ice Caves of Upper Michigan are breath-taking enough to make you go there.

The place offers some of the greatest wonders of nature, and Ice Caves are one of them.

So take your snowshoes out of your closet and brave the icy season with joy.

Eben and Grand Island ice caves are the most well-known caves.

Seeing ice caves will be a distinctive experience as people are generally used to seeing rock caves on their trips!

Ice caves
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Wader Fishing

Getting near the water is the quintessential part of visiting Upper Michigan.

Make sure you buy yourself a waterproof, durable, and affordable camera before going for a water activity.

Also, get yourself a good pair of waders for sure.

You can opt for fishing in a lake or a river.

Even if you don't catch anything, you can enjoy the experience and admire the beauty of lush nature and pristine waters.

The Northern Lights

Northern Lights
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You must have seen the marvelous photos of Northern lights online, but have you seen them for real?

Aurora Borealis is an adventure of a lifetime, and the neon-color lights take you to a different world altogether.

It would be best if you see them when the sky is dark.

This way, you will get a clear view of this natural phenomenon.

They are best viewed in the areas near Lake Superior.

You can capture great pictures while enjoying these wonders of nature.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
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This place should be on your bucket list.

Mackinac Island has a rich culture and history.

This place is a unique world on its own.

Here, you will find that bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the only forms of transportation.

This place does not permit motorized vehicles.

The place has its own rule book to follow while visiting, so make sure to go through it to ensure that you make the most of this one-of-a-kind experience.

The Deer Ranch, St.Ignace

Deer Ranch St.Ignace
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This place is located west of the Mackinac Bridge.

The place is a haven for people who like to view animals in their natural habitat.

Your kids will love this place for sure.

Spring season is the best season to visit this place.

This is the time when both flora and fauna are at their best.

The new leaves and flowers bloom during this season.

Moreover, the new fawns take birth, and you can enjoy watching them being bottle-fed!

The Mackinac Island Ice Bridge

You will be thanking yourself for visiting this place when you reach it.

The ice bridge exists between St.Ignace and Mackinac Island.

The bridge does not form every year as the conditions have to be favorable.

If the conditions are right, you can give yourself a ride on a snowmobile on this crystal-clear bridge.

So, exploring Upper Michigan during winter is worth it!

Make sure to wear protective gear while going on this adventure.

Castle Rock, St.Ignace

Castle Rock St.Ignace
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Climbing Castle Rock, St.Ignace will surely raise your adrenaline levels!

Conquer your fear of heights and climb this grand beauty to enjoy the great view.

Many people miss out on this adventure due to their fear of climbing, but going all the way to the top of this nature’s creation is worth a try!

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Miner’s Falls

Miner’s Falls
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A zealous Michigander cannot help but be near a water body.

The place holds many various kinds of water bodies from lakes to ponds to rivers to waterfalls.

So, enjoying the beauty of this waterfall is a must if you are in Upper Michigan.

The place is filled with many waterfalls of small and big sizes, and all of them have an individual, unique beauty.

Just dip your feet in the clear water and observe the nature blooming all around you!

Garlyn Zoo, Naubinway

This zoo has a stunning setting and is an ideal place to go for a hike with your friends and family.

The zoo has wooden trails and is surrounded by pine trees.

This zoo is home to the native creatures found in Upper Michigan.

It also has some exotic animals like camels, tigers, and lemurs!

This place will be a great educational experience for your kids to learn about multiple varieties of animals in their habitat.

Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls
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This hike is approximately 4.5 miles (7.24 km) long and will be a memory worth remembering!

Tahquamenon Falls are about 30 minutes away from Twin Cedars Resort.

Visit this place during the summer season when nature is popping with life.

The trees are luscious in the summer season.

In the Fall season, the colorful leaves give this place an artistic look.

In winter, this place becomes a Narnia-like wonderland!

So, get your hiking shoes and set out for this amazing adventure!

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Paradise

 Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
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Lake Superior is regarded as the largest freshwater lake in terms of surface area in the whole world!

By volume, this is the world’s third-largest freshwater lake.

On top of that, this lake has the largest volume in North America.

All this data is enough to show that this great lake poses a huge danger to the boats and ships that dare to sail through it!

The lake has songs about shipwrecks and boasts of great history.

Visit the museum to find out the legacy of the lake and experience the massive power of nature.

Lakenenland Sculpture Park, Marquette

Lakenenland Sculpture Park
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This park remains open for free to visitors on a weekly basis.

It has sculptures designed from scrap iron.

Tom Lakenen is behind this marvelous idea of recycling junk to make something beautiful out of it.

He was an ironworker who had a passion for art.

He moved his pieces to this property when his hometown asked him to take them out of his lawn, which luckily turned out to be a judicious move!

Now, it has become a preferred place for visitors!

The Pine Mt.Ski Jump, Iron Mt.

If you have a fear of heights, then surely this will be a challenge for you!

This ski jump is famous for being known as one-of-the-tallest ski jumps made on the globe.

Visit this place in February to enjoy the epic event organized for a whole week that around 20,000 spectators witnessed.

But if you are more interested in views, you should opt to visit in the summer season.

Climb yourself up the mountain and behold the beauty of nature all by yourself.

Sunset Cruise

Cruise in Mackinac Island
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Sip your drinks and sail on a sunset cruise.

View the changing shades of the sky as the sun sinks in the deep sea.

Arnold Transit Corporation's boats are available from Mackinac Island and will be a great way to end your day.

Along with sunset cruises, firework cruises are also on the list.

They are available every Saturday across the Summer and Fall seasons.

Cruises are ideal for any celebration on the island and make the day memorable for special someone!

Craft Beer

Upper Michigan is renowned for its craft beer.

So, you will be missing out if you do not make your way around to taste the beer of this place.

You can find many breweries sprawling from East to West, and finding a spot will not be a problem.

You will surely want to visit all of them.

But, if you want to get an all-in-one adventure, then you must attend the Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival in Marquette.

Isle Royale

Isle Royale
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Isle Royale is a national park with natural beauty in all its wild form!

It is known as “the edge of the wilderness.”

The park remains open from May to October because the rest of the seasons are unfavorable to visit due to the harsh weather.

The island visitors need to obtain a special permit before they visit this place.

You must hire a guide for this island to explore each nook and cranny without any hassle.

The island has scenes straight out from adventure movies with rocks, plants, and waters having a rugged feel, unlike polished islands mostly visited by tourists.

Isle Royale National Park
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Karst Cave Tour

Many people in Upper Michigan don’t have any idea about this place.

Trout Lake has stupendous caves at the Fiborn rock quarry.

So, please contact a tour company beforehand because many people cannot locate the cave independently.

Try not to visit this place alone as it is a secluded area and you will be better off with a tour guide who possesses deep knowledge about the place.

Underground Mine Tour

Underground Mine Tour
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Upper Michigan offers a large range of tours to choose from.

So, if you fear heights and do not dare to ski jump, then underground mine tours are the best option.

It will be a marvelous experience to discover the hidden gems in the entrails of Earth.

Mine tours are unique on their own as tourists generally don't possess any idea if they exist at all!

So, if you are done with exploring the water adventures of Upper Michigan, then you must give underground mine tours a try for a different kind of amusement!

Underground Mine Tour
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Plane Tours

Exploring Upper Michigan on land is a treat on its own.

But, you can get an altogether different experience by getting a bird’s eye view of the place by opting for plane tours!

You can hire planes as per your schedule and get an overall experience of the island's scenic beauty.

It may sound a little scary at first, but it is a favorite tour of many tourists who want to observe the island differently.

Believe it, the aerial view of the island will be a very fantastic experience!