Your U.P. Bucket List:
10 Things to Do Above the Mackinac Bridge
When planning an exciting summer vacation, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan should be on your radar. Although serene beaches and gorgeous waterfalls are scattered throughout the area, attractions like Mackinac Island, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and Tahquamenon Falls are some of the biggest enticements.
Within driving distance from the Detroit, Cleveland, and Indianapolis areas, the U.P. is a perfect road trip for anyone traveling from the Lower Peninsula and beyond. With many things to do nearby, your adventure begins as soon as you’ve crossed the Mackinac Bridge.
Operating out of Munising, Pictured Rocks Kayaking brings paddlers so close to the rocks they can touch them while gliding through colorful sea caves. Tours begin with a relaxing cruise on a boat before the kayaks are launched into the water near the best parts of the Pictured Rocks. Once finished with the paddle portion of the trip, you’ll board the boat for a ride back to shore.
Learn About Pictured Rocks Boat Tours
5. Above the Bridge: Capture the Mighty Mac
Overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron, Bridge View Park is a great place to enjoy a sunset or take a photo of the Mackinac Bridge. Check out the top 10 Instagram-worthy spots in the area. If you want another famous angle of the Might Mac, walk up the stairs to Straits State Park.
With a drop of nearly 50 feet and more than 200 feet across, the Upper Tahquamenon Falls is the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Four miles downstream is the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. Be sure to check out the gift shops, plus the restaurant and brewery!
10. See the Edmund Fitzgerald’s Bell
Home of the bell of the famous Edmund Fitzgerald, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has plenty of artifacts and exhibits that tell stories of sailors and ships that braved the waters of Lake Superior and those that were lost to its treacherous waves. You’ll also see the oldest lighthouse on the shores of Superior.
Plan your trip!