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Michigan UP Trip

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Michigan UP Trip

My husband and I will be taking a 14-day circuit trip through the UP beginning on July 1. Our route with our fifth-wheel is as follows: Begin from Durand and drive to Brimley State Park for 2 days (we plan to do a day trip to the Soo Locks and Tahquamenon Falls); then west to VanRyper State Park (just overnight to break up the drive). Along the way, we wanted to stop to see Pictured Rocks Lakeshore (and take the boat cruise). Next day, we head to McLain State Park for 2 days (looking for interesting sites around Copper Harbor); on to Lake Gogebic State Park for 2 days; Bewabic State Park (2 days); and Indian Lake State Park before heading home on the 14th. What sites should we not miss? Yooperbacker, your information posted regarding the construction on M-28 is greatly appreciated, especially pulling an RV. Let me know what else you recommend?

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While at Copper Habor, Fort Wilkins is worth a visit.

The view of Lake of the Clouds is spectacular in summer. (in the Fall one of the most beautiful sights anywhere!)

Along the south side of the UP, I think the ghost town at Fayette State Park, and Kitch-iti-kipi Spring are special.

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you have a great camping trip line up. I have camped in most of these areas at one time or another, and your in for a treat. I would suggest a must stop at the SOO is Antler's Restaurant. A local great eating spot on the east side of town. The lock boat tours at the SOO are not cheap, but I really think it's worth doing once. Definately stop at the SOO lock park and enjoy the park and visitor's center ... Of course you already know that if you have been there before. They have a Great Lakes Iron Ore retired freighter open as a museum, called the valley camp. Thats worth visiting once. There is a neat little park outside of town right on the river that people enjoying watching the river boat traffic. If your near Whitefish point after your Falls visit, check out the Mariner's museum up there. Brimley is a very nice park, we camped there for years as a kid. The town has grown somewhat with the indian casinos growing there. The big spring at Indian Lake state park is a definate visit and already mentioned. Seney Wildlife refuge is a definate 2-4 hours stop. You can take the self guided tour and view miles of refuge area. It's beautiful. McLain park is a lovely park as I recall, been years. As alot of state parks, some sites are better then others. I know there are some spots that allow for very scenic views, but regardless where your parked, you can walk there for sunsets etc. A copper mine tour is the thing up in copper country. Those guys working in the mines years ago worked so hard for their money with rustic tools. At least by todays standards. A drive to the Tip of the penninsula and back and the scenic look out areas are all part of the fun. Havn't been to Goebic but always wanted to. Great fishing lake. Lots of scenery. Van Riper is a nice park, and there is some 'moose' watching areas around there. If I think of something else, will pass it along. Your about ready to blast off! enjoy!

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Up in the Keewenaw you can do the self-guided Delaware Mine tour which is very interesting (about 10 minutes from Eagle Harbor), if you want to see an absolutely pristine and gorgeous beach you should not miss Bete Gris which is another 10 minutes from Delaware. Eagle Harbor has a nice lighthouse tour and you shouldn't miss Sand Bay just outside of Eagle Harbor which you will drive right by if you take the much better route along the lake from Phoenix to Eagle Harbor and then on to Copper Harbor. There is also a phenomenal (but very expensive) homemade jam, jelly and bakery place just outside of Eagle River on the way to or from Eagle Harbor called The Jam Pot - it is run by the Brotherhood of St. John and some other really long name I can't remember. Maganese Falls just outside of Copper Harbor are lovely and you can walk in just a few feet from the road to view them. You can also walk Estivant Pines just outside of Copper Harbor that is a White Pine preserve - very nice, moderately strenuous if you aren't in shape. Eats that I highly recommend are the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor, Eagle Harbor Inn and Toni's Country Kitchen (in Laurium just a minute from Calumet) for fabulous pasties and the best cookies you will find anywhere. The Brownstone Inn between Marquette and Munising has great sandwiches and soups if you are on the road and need a stop.

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GLB31 - Hello, I have been away and just got home this evening and I noticed your post. I just really quickly reviewed your route. Looks like a nice trip. Will you be looking at this web site later tomorrow? If so I will try to add my 2 cents to things to see. If you do look at this and won't be able to later, I just have one thing to say for you to do. As you get to Mackinaw City you will see signs for a Visitor Center. Stop there. There are lots of Brochures for areas you will be traveling to. I would guess you already have a few but they have lots there.

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