Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Road Trip Itinerary

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Spend a weekend exploring Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula! Begin your adventure at Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, then take the Mackinac Bridge over Lake Michigan to St. Ignace. A town full of tourist hotspots; visit Deer Ranch, and the Mystery Spot. Make your way up scenic Highway-2 over Cut River Bridge. Stop at the rest area to walk down underneath the bridge. Continue down Highway-2 to Newberry, then cut up to Tahquamenon Falls! Hike the upper and lower waterfalls, and enjoy the scenery. Continue up the Peninsula to Paradise and visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum on the coast of Lake Superior. Spend some time on the beach then head to Sault Ste. Marie. Get a good nights rest and start your day at the Soo Locks. Spend some time watching the ships and then hit the road for Castle Rock. Climb the steep steps up to the top of castle rock and snap some pics of the view. When you’re done cross back over the Mackinac Bridge and grab some food at Wienerlicious before you head home.

1st Fort Michilimackinac

Fort Michilimackinac bring history to life at this 18th-century fort and fur trading village; in Mackinaw City, Michigan. As you walk through the village you are stepping back in time to 1779. All 16 buildings in Fort Michilimackinac have been restored and furnished with period settings. Historical interpreters represent voyageurs, soldiers, and merchants, who answer questions and perform demonstrations. Read More

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2nd Deer Ranch

Deer Ranch is a small Gift Shop with some cool Souvenirs like Minnetonka Moccasins. In the back is a big area fenced in where many whitetail, fawns and albino deer roam. They are so friendly they will come right up to you and eat out of your hand! Read More

3rd Mystery Spot

The Mystery Spot is where gravity defies reason. Seems impossible to stand up straight here, a site full of mystery and fun. Take the tour to enjoy all the cool anomalies. Also enjoy miniature golf, zip line, and a maze in the woods! This is a very affordable place to stop and have some good family fun. Read More

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4th Cut River Bridge

Before you cross Cut River Bridge stop at the roadside park to take in the view! Walk under the bridge and down the stairs to reach Lake Michigan’s beautiful shoreline. Skip the stairs back and walk the trail to see the view from Underneath the Bridge. Read More

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5th Tahquamenon Falls

Spend an afternoon at Tahquamenon Falls. Nicknamed the Root beer Falls for its unique color, Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a picturesque experience with its Waterfalls and many Overlooks. Take in the Upper Falls, then rent a rowboat for the best experience of the Lower Falls. A great destination in any season. Spend an amazing vacation Camping and Picnicking at the beautiful Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Read More

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6th Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

One of Michigan’s most popular destinations; the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Learn about the difficulties of maritime transport on the Great Lakes, see the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior, go inside the Shipwreck Museum Gallery and Explore the Haunting World of Shipwrecks. Take a tour of the Lightkeepers Quarters and hear first-hand accounts of keepers and their families who manned the lighthouse, see a replica of a 1923 Surfboat House. Walk the barrier-free boardwalk, and down the stairs to Lake Superiors shoreline. Before you leave check out the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store. Read More

7th Soo Locks

The Soo Locks is one of the most well-known historical sites in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Connecting two Great Lakes: Lakes Superior and Lake Huron the Soo Locks were first constructed in 1855. The Great Lakes largest freighters, tall ships, sailboats, cruise ships, and military crafts all traverse the Soo Locks; locking from one Lake to another. An observation platform is located overlooking the MacArthur Lock giving you an up close view. Read More

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8th Castle Rock

Castle Rock is a limestone rock ascending 195 feet above sea level and has views for up to 20 miles! Take the steep steps to the top and take in the view of Lake Huron and Mackinac Island. At the bottom take a photo with Paul Bunyan and Babe, then shop the gift shop. Read More

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9th Wienerlicious

Wienerlicious in Mackinaw City is home to the World’s Largest Weiner. Enjoy a Koegel’s hot dogs, featuring their signatures: The Mackinaw, The Chicago Dog, Coney Dog, Spicy Italian, The Reuben Dog, or a delicious Bratwurst! Pair your favorite footlong with some famous waffle fries, and a fountain drink. Read More

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