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Oh the Places You Will Go!

July 28, 2010 in Recreation, Travel

After spending the weekend traveling along the Upper Peninsula’s beautiful coast line I decided I would like to share with you all the great attractions you can visit when you bring your student to Michigan Tech in August.  Many families do not have the opportunity to travel through the beautiful Upper Peninsula often.  Driving your student to Michigan Tech can be the perfect time for a fun family vacation.  I would like to help your family make the most of the trip by sharing some of my favorite places to stop on the way to Houghton, Michigan.

From Lower Michigan

Enjoying the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline that borders U.S. 2.

Enjoying the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline that borders U.S. 2.

When I drive to Michigan Tech from my hometown Midland, Michigan I really enjoy traveling on U.S. 2 in the Upper Peninsula. U.S. 2 begins at Interstate 75 just after the Mackinaw Bridge.  Following U.S. 2 you can see miles of the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline.  The side of the road has a large shoulder for vehicles to pull over.  Many motorists pull off the road and enjoy walking in the eight miles of great sand beach.  The views from the U.S. 2 highway are truly amazing, however, I do caution you to be very aware on that particular highway.  The beautiful scenery can be distracting for drivers and the route is typically busy with travelers.  Make sure you watch your speed limit and be aware of other drivers if you choose to take this route.  From U.S. 2 I usually cut through the middle of the Upper Peninsula by taking one of the highways that run north to south and connect with M-28.  The portion of M-28 that passes through the center of the Upper Peninsula between Seney and Shingleton runs along the border of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The Seney Stretch is considered to be a “straight-as-an-arrow highway”.  It is 25 miles long and has almost no curves and almost no change in elevation.  Although it may not be the most exciting section of highway to travel it will get you to the Lake Superior shoreline quickly.  The first major town that you will pass through along the Lake Superior shoreline on M-28 is Munising.  Munising is a nice town to stop in and stretch your legs after a couple hours of driving.  There are several restaurants in Munising and several visitors attractions.  One of the most well known visitor attractions are the Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises.  Although I have not been on a Pictured Rocks Boat Cruise yet I have heard that the views of the rocks are phenomenal.  The cruises last approximately 3 hours and tickets for adults are $34.  From Munising to Marquette M-28 travels along the Lake Superior shore line for several miles.  There are many road side parks along the way.  Marquette is a rather large town with pretty much every fast food or chain restaurant you can think of.  After passing through Marquette, M-28 veers away from the Lake Superior Shoreline and meets up with U.S. 41.  U.S. 41 runs straight up the Keweenaw Peninsula to Houghton.  A large portion of U.S. 41 also runs along the Lake Superior shoreline and there are several roadside parks here as well.

The beauty of Northern Michigan is truly unique and unforgettable.  Whether it’s walking the sandy shores, taking a boat tour, or simply stopping at a roadside park, I hope you and your family have the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Upper Peninsula.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!  Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which guest article writer Erik Stolberg will be writing about traveling to Houghton from Wisconsin and Minnesota.