How to Have a Perfect Romantic Weekend in Pictured Rocks

How to have a perfect romantic weekend in Pictured RocksPicture courtesy of Pictured Rocks Kayaking

If you’re looking for a beautiful place to unwind with your significant other, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising, Michigan is the place to go. Colorful sandstone cliffs, majestic beaches with pink sand, deep forests, sand dunes, and waterfalls make this park a must stop for any adventurous couple yearning to kick back, relax, and have a great time.

Considered one of the most charming spots in America for lovers, here’s how to have a perfect romantic weekend in Pictured Rocks:

Tandem Kayak Along the Stunning LakeshorePicture courtesy of Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Tandem Kayak Along the Stunning Lakeshore

Nothing bonds two people together quite like working side-by-side for an adventure, and that’s exactly what you can expect from a Pictured Rocks Kayaking tour. After cruising along the beautiful shoreline, you and your partner will be launched from the boat in a 2-person kayak right where the most iconic stretch of Pictured Rocks begins – allowing paddlers to focus on the experience of gliding through seas caves and next to towering cliffs of splendid color. You won’t even have to worry about your significant other tipping you into Lake Superior as the tandem kayaks offer plenty of stability.

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Kayak Underneath the Iconic Lover’s Leap ArchPicture courtesy of Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Kayak Underneath the Iconic Lover’s Leap Arch

In case you needed another reason to Paddle Pictured Rocks, near the end of the tour, you’ll reach Lover’s Leap. The popular archway is one of the most iconic and photographed formations in the Pictured Rocks park – passing through it is certainly a magical memory you won’t soon forget. Your tour guide will treat you to even more lore, but according to an old Native American legend, a couple once jumped from the top of this landmark to convey their love.

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Catch a Striking Sunset on BoardPhoto courtesy of Kevin Mallock

Catch a Striking Sunset on Board

View brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, and pristine beaches aboard Pictured Rocks Cruises’ Sunset Cruise. Experience the same cruise that has been delighting passengers for over 70 years! Lovers Leap, Indian Head, Miners Castle, and Chapel Rock are just a few of the natural landmarks seen on this cruise. The Sunset Cruise departs late in the day, allowing passengers to enjoy the rays of the setting sun on the Pictured Rocks cliffs, a beautiful Lake Superior twilight, and an unforgettable evening.

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Visit Spectacular WaterfallsMiners Falls. PC Jaymie Depew

Visit Spectacular Waterfalls

The Pictured Rocks area offers approximately 20 gorgeous waterfalls to explore. While many of the waterfalls are accessible by a short walk – making them especially easy for seniors or small children to get to, others are deeper in the park and require more effort. Popular waterfalls that have easy access are Munising Falls, Alger Falls, Miners Falls, and Wagner Falls.

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Stay in a Cozy Cabin or Luxury HotelUnwind in a honeymoon suite room at Pictured Rocks Inn & Suites. Photo courtesy of Pictured Rocks Inn & Suites.

Stay in a Cozy Cabin or Luxury Hotel

Whether you’re looking for a cabin among trees in a peaceful forest or a lavish hotel overlooking Lake Superior, there are plenty of options near the Pictured Rocks park. Contact the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Bureau to help you book your perfect trip and discover more.

Hike to a Nineteenth Century LighthousePhoto courtesy of the National Park Service

Hike to a Nineteenth Century Lighthouse

This picturesque, still-active lighthouse stands on Au Sable Point, alerting ships to one of the most dangerous parts of Lake Superior: a reef that extends 1 mile from shore and is just 6 feet below the surface. As the lighthouse requires about a 2 mile hike on a beaten path through the woods to get to, the excursion is a great way to get some exercise and have some quiet time together. Built in 1873-1874, all of the buildings on site, along with the tower (from which you can see the Grand Sable Dunes) and keepers’ quarters, make up the Au Sable Light Station.

Treat Yourselves to Delicious Local FairA Whitefish basket from a popular food truck, The Fish Basket, in Munising is pictured. PC Jaymie Depew

Treat Yourselves to Delicious Local Fair

Let’s be honest, one of the best things about going somewhere new is trying the food! Lake Superior whitefish and Cornish pasties are unique delicacies in the Pictured Rocks area and can be found at most restaurants and markets. Check out Munising for fine dining and casual options.

Unwind on the Pink Sand of Magical BeachesPhoto courtesy of National Park Service

Unwind on the Pink Sand of Magical Beaches

With gorgeous beaches both inland and along Lake Superior shoreline, there are plenty of options to soak in some rays, catch the perfect sunset, or unwind at. Visit Sand Point and Miners beaches to check out the white and pink sand or Au Train Beach to see where the Au Train River meets Lake Superior. Regardless of your preference, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

What are you waiting for? Start by booking a Picture Rocks Kayaking tour for your romantic weekend on a trip to Pictured Rocks now.