Headed on your next road trip or planning your fall colors tour? The Upper Peninsula must be calling your name. Since we’re fortunate enough to call the U.P. home, we might be a little biased when we say it’s one of the most breathtaking places on earth. We’re not exaggerating. 

1. Copper Peak

Brace yourself for an absolutely unforgettable experience. You’ll be amazed by the sheer grandeur of the tallest artificial ski jump in the world, an impressive structure that towers at a staggering height of 1,782 feet. As you ascend to the upper observation platform aboard the thrilling Adventure Ride chairlift, you’ll be whisked away to a vantage point that offers panoramic views of the Upper Peninsula’s dense wilderness. You’ll need a moment to take in the landscape from this little-known vantage point. And if you happen to visit on a clear day, don’t miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Canada on the horizon, adding another element to this already incredible experience.

View of Copper Peak Ski Jump

2. Porcupine Mountains

Bet you didn’t expect to find a mountain range in Michigan, right? The pristine nature of the ‘Porkies,’ deserves an entire trip on its own. This mountain range is full of surprises. The Porkies offer a plethora of outdoor activities such as camping under clear bright skies, exploring scenic cycling trails, and casting your line into pristine waters. Get ready to be immersed in the diverse terrain, where lush forests, streams, and majestic waterfalls fill the sprawling 60,000 acre nature preserve. You can camp or stay nearby, because you’ll need the time to fully explore the area. 

3. Grand Island National Recreation Area

With its extensive network of walking and biking trails that wind through untouched landscapes, pristine beaches, and ancient cliffs that stand as testaments to the passage of time, this destination truly offers an all-in-one package. It is not just a perfect spot for families to spend quality time together, but also an ideal setting to make memories in this perfectly preserved wilderness. You’re also likely to see more than one moose during your visit in addition to all kinds of wildlife. 

Aerial Kitch-Iti-Kipi with Boat

4. Kitch-iti-Kipi

Get ready to be amazed by “the big spring.” Nestled in a pristine natural setting, this remarkable spring boasts water that is ridiculously clear, offering a view 40 feet straight down to the bottom. Experience the unparalleled beauty of this destination by taking on the self-operated raft and navigating across the glass-like waters. Trust us when we say, it’s a sight that will stay with you long after you leave.

5. Black Rocks

Attention adrenaline-seekers:  If you’re looking for an exhilarating experience, look no further than Marquette’s famous Black Rocks. Situated right on the shores of Lake Superior, these cliffs offer easy access to breathtaking thrills. Take the 30 foot plunge into the refreshing waters, after which we’re sure you’ll want to go for another few rounds. Get ready for an adventure that will leave you craving more. 

These are some great spots in the breathtaking Upper Peninsula. From crystal-clear lakes and sandy beaches to mature forests and noble waterfalls, there is an abundance of natural beauty to explore. Immerse yourself in the endless outdoor activities our region has to offer. Pack your bags and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey.

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