The Upper Peninsula
Michigan's Upper Peninsula is unique for its rich local history and color, beautiful landscape and scenery, and abundance of natural resources. The Keweenaw area is a wonderful environment for all ages. It provides well for those with active lifestyles, as there are numerous cross-country trails, ski/snowboarding hills, and bike routes, and it incorporates the performing arts throughout the area with the help of historic and beautiful venues such as the Calumet Theatre in Calumet and the Rosza Center for the Performing Arts on Michigan Technological University's campus. Given that there is always something going on, planning your trip to the U.P. is simple. Please find below, listed by county, things to do when you're not attending Pine Mountain performances, lodging, and dining.
See a show at the historic Calumet Theatre, get a little background on the area by visiting the Houghton County Historical Museum, find out about the Keweenaw heritage sites from the Keweenaw National Historical Park, and dine out at wonderful local restaurants such as The Ambassador Restaurant, 5th and Elm, or The Michigan House Cafe and Brew Pub!
For more visitor information on planning your trip to Houghton County, please visit http://www.cityofhoughton.com/visitor.php. Additional information may be found at the Keweenaw Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Michigan's most populous county contains the largest city in the U.P., Marquette. Home to Northern Michigan University, the city is culturally abundant and beautifully surrounded by Lake Superior. Go for a run or take a walk on the shoreline path down to Presque Isle Park, see a show at the Lake Superior Theatre, or dine out at high class restaurants like L'Attitude Cafe and Bistro.
Michigan's youngest county, Dickinson includes Iron Mountain, Norway, and Kingsford. While in town for PMMF, check out the "Festival of the Arts" featuring "Art for All" and "Out to Lunch," as well as professional entertainment from the "Detroit Symphony." Norway's Jake Menghini Historical Museum is set up as a little town and is a great way to learn about the area through different displays and on foot. Iron Mountain also has many local attractions, from an alpaca farm/gift shop to the iron mine.
For more visitor information, please visit Dickinson County's website.
Alger County's largest town is Munising, which is home to the stunning Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The boat tour is an affordable and breathtaking view of dunes, beaches, and cliffs. Another option for getting out on the water is The Glass Bottom Boat Tours, which will give you a clear glimpse of many shipwrecks! After seeing the beautiful lakeshore, stop for a bite to eat at the Buckhorn Resort, which overlooks Hovey Lake.
For more visitor information, please visit Alger County's website.
Delta County is home to Escanaba and Gladstone. Other than it's beautiful parks and lighthouses, Escanaba has a variety of dining, from Hereford & Hops Steakhouse & Brew Pub to the House of Ludington. For a touch of local history, visit the U.P. Steam & Gas Engine Musuem. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of U.P.'s finest wine at Leigh's Garden Winery.
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For more visitor information, visit Delta County's website.
The largest lake in the Upper Peninsula, Lake Gogebic, is located in this county. The county seat, Ontonagon, is an exciting place to visit, as are the smaller communities within the county. The Paulding Light in Paulding is a large tourist attraction, its folklore going as far back as the 1960s. Ontonagon is well known for its beautiful Porcupine Mountains and the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in August.
For more visitor information, visit Ontonagon County's website.