Top 10 Sights to See in the UP
10. Quincy Mine
The Quincy Mine is an extensive set of copper mines located near Hancock, Michigan. The mine was owned by the Quincy Mining Company and operated between 1846 and 1945, although some activities continued through the 1970s. The Copper Country is littered with old mining ruins that are great for exploring any time of the year.
9. Marquette Ore Docks
Marquette exports iron ore from one of its two signature ore docks.
8. Sandy Beaches
Beautiful sandy beaches at Bete Grise, Misery Bay, Great Sand Bay and White City are great places to spend warm summer days, watch the sunrise or sunset.
7. Ice Caves
Just one of the many winter wonders in the Upper Peninsula, ice caves are formed when melting snow freezes while sliding over the edge of a precipice. See this natural wonder at the Rock River Canyon Ice Caves (also known as the Eben Ice Caves), near Marquette.
6. Mackinac Bridge
The longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere connects the Upper Peninsula to downstate Michigan. Pronounce the name of this bridge as "Mackinaw."
5. Tahquamenon Falls
The Upper Falls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Tahquamenon Falls State park encompasses close to 52,000 acres in the Upper Peninsula. These falls are hidden in the forest along the Tahquamenon River but are easily accessible by a half mile hike.
4. Brockway Mountain
Brockway Mountain Drive is a scenic roadway just west of Copper Harbor. The drive runs along the ridge of Brockway Mountain on the Keweenaw Fault and climbs to 1,320 feet above sea level, 720 feet above Lake Superior. Several viewpoints along the route allow for panoramas of Copper Harbor, Lake Superior, and undeveloped woodland. On a clear day, Isle Royale is visible 50 miles Northwest. Brockway Mountain Drive has been recognized nationally and locally in several media outlets for its picturesque qualities, usually in profiles of Keweenaw County, the Upper Peninsula or other scenic drives.
3. Porcupine Mountains
The Porcupine Mountains State Park was established in the Western Upper Peninsula to protect the largest old growth northern hardwood forest in the Midwest. Pictured here is the Lake of the Clouds, a high-elevation lake in the park. The park covers 60,000 acres and is home to all manners of wildlife and natural wonders.
2. Fall Colors
The entire Upper Peninsula lights up with bright, vibrant colors every fall. Peak color season emerges around early to mid October. We recommend taking a long hike, drive, or camping trip to enjoy the beauty.
1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a US National Lakeshore that extends for 42 miles along the shores of Lake Superior and covers nearly 75,000 acres. Here you'll find sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and more. Perhaps the best spot to truly appreciate the beauty of Lake Superior, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the perfect place for hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four seasons outdoor opportunities.