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Old 07-07-2016, 09:05 PM   #1
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Wisconsin and Upper peninsula

We are headed through Iowa (from Nebraska) on to Wisconsin, then north to Upper Peninsula Michigan in mid July. We would love more information on

Best things to visit in Wisconsin
Best places to visit in Upper Peninsula
We like nature and being near the water

We appreciate your help!

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Old 07-07-2016, 09:51 PM   #2
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How far to the U.P. of Mich. are you planning to go? I live near Houghton, Mi. and traveled most of the U.P. Also there is Door Co. northeast of Green Bay that offers a lot for the tourist.
There's the Porkies on Lake Superior with a lot of hiking, the Keweenaw Peninsula that has a National Park with history of copper mining, Munising that has Picture Rock National Park, water falls and the Soo Locks.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:59 PM   #3
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Recent visit to UP

We just got back from 12 days in the UP. We stayed 2 nights at Wilderness State Park near Mackinac Island, 2 nights at Tahquamenon Falls SP near the falls, one night at Bay Furnace NF campground near Pictured Rocks, 4 nights at McLain SP near Isle Royale boat, and 2 nights at Porcupine Mountains SP. It was awesome. The Michigan State Parks have 30 amp power at most all sites. Take plently of mosquito spray.
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:20 PM   #4
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We just got back from 12 days in the UP. We stayed 2 nights at Wilderness State Park near Mackinac Island, 2 nights at Tahquamenon Falls SP near the falls, one night at Bay Furnace NF campground near Pictured Rocks, 4 nights at McLain SP near Isle Royale boat, and 2 nights at Porcupine Mountains SP. It was awesome. The Michigan State Parks have 30 amp power at most all sites. Take plently of mosquito spray.
Glad you enjoyed the Keweenaw.

I live just south of Chassell on US 41 and you didn't stop?
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:42 PM   #5
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You don't say which parts of Wisconsin you plan to pass through, so here's just stuff off the top of my head.

Manitowoc, WI on Lake Michigan north of Milwaukee has a very nice maritime museum with the USS Cobia, a WWII submarine. Quite a few WWII subs were built in Manitowoc. Welcome to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum Website | Wisconsin Maritime Website

North of Manitowoc is Door County, as already pointed out; see Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Wisconsin Dells, north of Madison, is the Water Park Capitol of the world. But they also have WWII Duck rides on the Wisconsin River, as well as regular boat excursions on the river. Plus a casino and the Crystal Grand Music Theater. Circus World circus museum is close by. And you can't forget the famous Tommy Bartlett Ski, Sky and Stage show. Official Site For Wisconsin Dells | The Waterpark Capital of the World | Wisconsin Tourism

Make sure you take in at least one of the many lighthouses on Lakes Michigan and Superior. Lighthouses of Lake Michigan - Lake Michigan Lighthouses & Lighthouse Tours Upper Peninsula Lighthouses on Lake Superior open to the public and scenic Lighthouse Cruises

Bayfield and the Apostle Islands (Madeline Island), WI are very interesting places. Take the boat ride to Raspberry Island lighthouse. Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and The Apostle Islands Madeline Island Chamber Of Commerce - Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
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If you are in the Madison, WI area a great place to visit is Spring Green, WI. You can visit a wonderful, eclectic, unbelievable collection of "stuff" at House on the Rock. Also, if you are interested, is the home of Frank LLoyd Wright.

The UP of Michigan offers soooo much! Just don't underestimate its size. It is a long way from one end to the other. If you do go all the way to the eastern end, a visit to the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie is fascinating. There is a city park right along the edge of the Poe Lock (no joke, that's the name) with bleacher seats so that you can watch the big freighters entering and leaving the locks. Very, very impressive!

Another great side trip is to cross the International Bridge and visit Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada. However, if you're going to do that don't forget your passports and vet statements for your pets.

Also, the Tahquamenon Falls and the maritime museum in Whitefish Bay.

Don't forget the "Big Mac" bridge and Mackinac Island.
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Old 07-08-2016, 01:04 PM   #7
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We were up there 2 weeks ago. The scenery, weather, and people are fabulous. However, we cut our time there short because the black flies were eating us alive. Couldn't campfire, BBQ, and our poor little dogs were being driven crazy. My wife's face actually started bleeding while she was talking with fellow campers while I was packing up to go.
I believe the flies thought the repellent we applied was special sauce.
I'm hoping your experience will be much better than ours.
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Assuming you'll head up 51, the headwaters area of WI is beautiful. Boulder Jct./Sayner area has a phenomenal rec trail system and also great mountain biking (Win-Man near Manitowish Waters). Camp Holiday in Boulder Jct. is a top-notch facility run by super folks (we just spent 4th of July holiday there, as well as Memorial Day weekend, and are going back for one more trip this year). I hope you have a wonderful trip!
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Devils Lake State Park
Kohler Andrae State Park
Road America (if there's anything going on at that time) & Elkhart Lake
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Way back in the day there was a frisbee tournament in Houghton, MI / sponsored by the "Library" bar, I believe. The UP is like Alaska, without mountains or glaciers, but with lots of "bugs" and wide open spaces.
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