Wow, I just got back from visiting one of the most magical places on Earth during the Fall. The Midwest really is a spectacular area, especially if you are all about nature and stunning scenery.
This past weekend I got to experience just a small chunk of what Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has to offer. Sandwiched between three of the five Great Lakes, the largest group of Freshwater lakes in the world, the U.P. has national and state forests galore and plenty to see and do.
Today’s post will include details about my accommodations, where I visited, and where I want to go when I head back up to the U.P.!
If you are going to the Upper Peninsula, I highly recommend getting a whole cabin to yourself. Preferably put in the middle of nowhere. I happened to find this absolutely charming cabin that is right in the middle of the Hiawatha National Forest.
I was able to get this Riverfront Cabin that sleeps 13, has a fire pit, allows pets, and has a fireplace. The cabin was in pristine condition and offered everything that we needed. With so many trails and things to see around it, we almost didn’t even have to leave the cabin!
I booked our long weekend at this cabin through Evolve Vacation Rental Network. The process was super smooth and we didn’t have any issues at all. Our contacts treated us like family and I would definitely stay here again!
As you can see, my dog absolutely loved running around the cabin!
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Our first stop of the trip was to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior. We did a Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck tour that was fabulous! This took place in the town of Munising, a cute little spot with lots of local eateries and family shops.
The boat tour was just about 2 hours long and we got to see two different shipwrecks, rock cliffs, a historic lighthouse, and the beauty that Munising Bay and Grand Island have to offer.
If visiting the area, I highly recommend checking this out. We booked through the original Shipwreck Tours. It is such a relaxing way to take in all of the scenery and really enjoy what Lake Superior has to offer!
Kitch-iti-Kipi aka The Big Spring
Probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, Kitch-iti-Kipi, also known as The Big Spring, is Michigan’s largest natural spring. This thing pumps out 10,000 gallons of water a minute and remains at a constant 45 degrees Fahrenheit all year long.
The water is so clear and pristine here, you can see everything perfectly to the bottom, which is about 40 feet deep.
The spring is located within Palms Book State Park in Manistique. Closer to the Lake Michigan side of the U.P. You can take a large raft out to the center of the spring. Yes, the raft is man-powered through a wheel so there is no pollution messing up this stunning place!
After that we ventured into Downtown Manstique and were able to hit up a wine tasting room for the Mackinac Trail Winery and Brewery. It was wine flights for days and I was in heaven!
Where To Next
When I finally get the chance to head back up to U.P., I am for sure heading over to Paradise, MI and Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
Tahquamenon Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Not to mention, this also has stunning scenery in the Fall.
Really I don’t think you can go wrong with any area in the U.P. Every forest and stop has amazing scenery and tons of things to do. It’s really just a great place to relax for a long weekend or an even longer trip.