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Old 01-13-2021, 03:38 PM   #1
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Thinking about taking trip to Northern Michigan this summer. Any suggestions for nice area? Met someone during our last trip through Alabama and they said Northern Michigan one of their favorite places. Didnít write down name of where in Northern Michigan? Anyone have any suggestions
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The Upper Peninsula is absolutely beautiful. We stayed in Mantistique at a friend's property. We made a day trip to go see Painted Rocks and a handful of waterfalls in the area.

The lake shorelines are all quite nice.

On the way there, we stayed in St. Ignace at the casino's "RV park" (which is really just hookups around the edge of a parking lot). Utilitarian, but was what we needed at the time.
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Old 01-13-2021, 06:12 PM   #3
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Thinking about taking trip to Northern Michigan this summer. Any suggestions for nice area? Met someone during our last trip through Alabama and they said Northern Michigan one of their favorite places. Didnít write down name of where in Northern Michigan? Anyone have any suggestions
That was it. Upper Peninsula. Thank u
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Norther Lower Peninsula - Drive up the west coast, lots of lake side tourist towns. Nice state and private parks. Stop at Ludington SP, Hartwick Pines SP, Sleeping Bear National Sea Shore is worth a few days. Anyplace along the coast of the Upper Peninsula is spectacular. Try a pasty in the UP (meat turnover). Go up to Copper Harbor if you have the time, interesting drive and spectacular views. If you like Mt biking it's a great place. Also Pictured Rock National Sea Shore and Tahquamenon Falls state park.
Photos from a trip a few years ago - https://www.flickr.com/photos/cdrdwd...57697383724272
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Some Good Video on Michigan

If you go to YouTube and check out the channels for LESS JUNK MORE JOURNEY and Keep Your Daydream. They both visited Michigan this last summer and have some good shows of the sites.

In the UP, I recommend the Kewanaw Pennisula, Painted Rocks (make reservations ahead of time), White Fish Point (great shipwreck museum there and where Edmund Fitzgerald sank), Soo Saint Marie to see the locks, Tahquamenon Falls, and of course St Ignace/Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island. The lower Peninsula has great places like Traverse City, Ludington, Holland, etc
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If you go to YouTube and check out the channels for LESS JUNK MORE JOURNEY and Keep Your Daydream. They both visited Michigan this last summer and have some good shows of the sites.



In the UP, I recommend the Kewanaw Pennisula, Painted Rocks (make reservations ahead of time), White Fish Point (great shipwreck museum there and where Edmund Fitzgerald sank), Soo Saint Marie to see the locks, Tahquamenon Falls, and of course St Ignace/Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island. The lower Peninsula has great places like Traverse City, Ludington, Holland, etc


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Old 01-13-2021, 09:28 PM   #7
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If you end up at Pictured Rocks, an evening pontoon boat ride is worth every penny (assuming you are a boating person). We spent three days there and it wasn't enough.
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Anywhere along the NW side of Michigan is worth visiting. As you drive up M31 to Petoskey and Charlevoix MI., you will pass Torch Lake one of the most beautiful lakes in NW MI. You than have the Tunnel of Trees on M119 outside of Petoskey MI.

Than there is Sleeping Bear Dunes on M22 which starts or stops in Traverse City MI, depending if you are coming or going. Traveling North on M22 which will will lead you through the Leelanau peninsula and a lot of small towns and villages. M22 will turn south at Northpoint MI., and take you down the western shore of MI. to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore which is on your way to Manistee MI. The entire roadway is 116 miles from start to finish.

We have stayed in Empire MI., Traverse City MI,. and on the Leelanau peninsula at several RV parks from state to national forests plus private parks. You can spend over a month in this area and not see everything in this corner of MI.
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Going up to "Yooper Country" (upper peninsula) is one of our favorite trips. We are lucky to only live 150 miles from Menominee, MI so we get there often. Did you know that people that live north of the Mackinaw Bridge are called Yoopers and those that live south of the bridge are called Trolls, because they live under the bridge.
There are many lighthouses, waterfalls, and critters in the UP and they all are great viewing.
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We stayed at Marquette Tourist park. In Marquette Michigan. We also took the Painted Rocks boat tour. It was beautiful as others have said. There is also a Maritime museum nearby and plenty of nice restaurants in downtown area. Wherever you choose to visit, the area is very nice. As you head north we are preparing for our visit to Alabama.
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Aune Osborne campground is already heavily booked. If you are even considering going, book it now or you may not get in.
Aune Osborne is a great CG for watching the freighters going to/from the Soo Locks. A few night there would provide many wonderful memories.
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The UP home of the Yoopers. A great place and definitely the Northwoods. You just have to like rain and mosquitoes.
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I have lived my entire life in Southwest Michigan and have take many trips to the Upper Peninsula. Some places I revisit often, but I continue to discover new places even after all these years.

Trip Advisor has a bunch of information that would be a good starting point:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti..._Michigan.html

What kind of activities do you like to participate in while travelling? Mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, etc.? Knowing that could help us point you in a good direction. Just for one example, Copper Harbor, MI has become a mountain biker mecca. If you happen to like that type of activity, it's a must-visit place.
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Check out Pictured Rocks National Seashore by Grand Marias.
We backpacked there in the 80s and have always wanted to go back.
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Start at campgrounds around St Ignace... then travel north from there. So many places to go and things to see... too numerous to mention. The areas around the water are amazing, the interior not so much. Very remote areas up there so it takes a little planning. Check out Tripadvisor and plan a trip and you probably will not be disappointed.
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I strongly recommend Tim's list. Only one additional suggestion. The flies don't come out until early/mid June depending on how warm it is. The horse flies can take a chunk out of you and the no see-ums and other small flies swarm and can run you off the beech. Take good DEET and head net with a sleeved shirt and full length pants. They don't lighten up until late August. Like to fish? The first week in June is when the White Fish come in feed at the mouths of rivers to Lake Superior and you can pull them in with wax worms (bee larvae) from the shore. The mouth of the Two heart river has a State Campground - rustic which is great for that fishing and there is a Canoe Livery there where they take you up the river to Canoe back to the lake. Don't go in the lake with a canoe though! The locks are great to see. Between the two heart and pictured rocks is an old log slide they used to use to move timber to the lake - amazingly steep. Don't go down or let kids go down. It's gorgeous to see though. Copper mines, Whitefish Point with a Museum that includes artifacts from the Edmund Fitzgerald. The list goes on and on.
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OH, and on the way up, Mackinaw Island is great day.
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