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Michigan Summer trip -Harbor Springs to Upper Pennisula

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Michigan Summer trip -Harbor Springs to Upper Pennisula

Hi, We are fairly new residents of Michigan and are enjoying exploring the state.

This summer we will spend a week in a cabin outside in Harbor Springs, During the week we'd like to make a day trip to attractions in the UP. And we'll do a separate day trip to Mackinac Island.

Any recommendations on what the best sites are to squeeze into a 1 day trip on the Upper Peninsula?



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1. Re: Michigan Summer trip -Harbor Springs to Upper Pennisula

A day trip to the U.P might not get you very far up North. How far would you be willing drive round trip? Tahquamenon falls is about 2.5 hours (one way) from Harbor Springs.

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2. Re: Michigan Summer trip -Harbor Springs to Upper Pennisula

i'm thinkin' spend a coupla days in harbor springs, then a week in the U.P.

but that's just me.

to the O.P., i don't wanna sound harsh, but you'll be wasting your time going up to the yoop for 1 day... either save it for another trip, or flip things around and spend the bulk of your time in the yoop....

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3. Re: Michigan Summer trip -Harbor Springs to Upper Pennisula

On your way to Mackinac Island or the UP you could take a road there called "The Tunnel of Trees" It is just a bit North of Harbor Springs and just beautiful.


I think the trip to the UP to see the Tahquamenon Falls would be worth it. It is the 2nd largest falls East of the Mississippi.

You can hear the falls before you see it.

Just a bit from the Falls is the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

Here is a link to the Newberry Tourism web site with information about the Falls and other attractions.


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4. Re: Michigan Summer trip -Harbor Springs to Upper Pennisula

Many of us would like to flip the timing around on your trip, but I wouldn't say it is a waste of time to do a long day trip up to the U.P.! I think it'll end up whetting your appetite for a longer stay in the future now that you're living here.

I would do a loop that includes a drive along US 2 as it hugs the Lk. Michigan shoreline to either on your way up or back. It is a beautiful, scenic drive with plenty of areas to pull off and enjoy the sandy beach and gorgeous lake. I'd also recommend a drive through Seney National Wildlife Refuge in one direction or the other.

I would choose between heading to the Munising area for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore or Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Munising is maybe 3 hours each way from Harbor Springs and Tahq Falls is maybe 2.5 hours each way.

They are both very beautiful and unique to the U.P. You can't do both in a day unless you do a very very long day of driving, but either would make for an excellent destination.

If you happen to be near the Straights area as it gets dark (meaning you still have a pretty long drive back to Harbor Springs and watch for deer as you drive after dark) do make a stop at the Headlands Dark Sky Park, especially if the moon is in a smaller phase. You can look up what's happening in the night sky and it is a real treat to see the heavens in real darkness.

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